Harbert Alexander Sr. graduated from Jackson High School in 1957. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute in 1961 and a graduate degree from Rutgers University.
He served as an artillery officer in Schweinfurt, West Germany, retiring from the army as a captain. He is a member of the Military Writers Society of America.
He was associated with Jackson National Bank for twenty-four years where he served as president of the bank and vice chairman of the holding company. He was appointed president and CEO of Union Planters Bank of Jackson in 1988.
In 1998, Alexander was promoted to the position of regional president for all of the West Tennessee and Arkansas Union Planters Banks. He retired from Union Planters on June 30, 2004. Following this, he joined the Bank of Jackson as chairman and chief executive officer serving in this position until 2010 and now serves on the board of directors.
He served as chairman on the board of Lambuth University, and was the past chairman of the Jackson Energy Authority board and past chairman of the board of Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. He was named Jackson Exchange Club’s “Man of the Year” in 1991.
Alexander has served as the Madison County historian for 23 years and serves on the board of the Tennessee State Museum, appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam. Alexander is active in historic preservation in Tennessee and has been an amateur archaeologist for more than 50 years.
He is the author of four books. He is married to Nora Dancy Noe and has three children and six grandchildren.