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Ohio State Appoints New Senior Vice Provost for Student Academic Excellence

The Ohio State University today announced that Professor Charlene Gilbert will join the Office of Academic Affairs as Senior Vice-Rector for Student Academic Excellence and Professor at the Department of Women’s Studies, Gender and Sexualityas of April 4, 2022.

Gilbert will serve as a strategic advisor to Executive Vice President and Vice President Melissa L. Gilliam, work closely with campus partners, and oversee student-related central offices.

“Dr. Gilbert will provide leadership, vision, and strategic direction to advance the academic experience and outcomes of Ohio State students across all campuses,” Gilliam said in an email. Please join me in welcoming Charlene to this important role.”

Gilbert is currently Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Toledo, where she has served since July 2017. She has significant experience in supporting and achieving positive educational outcomes for students.

Under his leadership, the college of arts and humanities has achieved record retention rates, graduation rates and external research funding. Additionally, in fall 2019, black and Latino students had higher freshman retention rates than the college average.

During her tenure as dean, the college saw its rankings increase for doctoral programs, added a new major in data analytics, and successfully relaunched a master’s program in public administration. Enrollment was one of Gilbert’s highest priorities, requiring a thorough understanding of the complexities involved in recruiting undergraduates, graduate students, as well as supporting retention efforts and completion. .

From August 2014 to July 2017, Gilbert served as Dean and Principal of Ohio State Lima and Professor in the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State. During his tenure, compared to the previous six years, the campus experienced its first increase in enrollment, recorded its highest freshman retention rates, and recorded increases in four- and five-year graduation rates. Additionally, Ohio State Lima had the largest increase in the percentage of students from underrepresented minorities in campus history and the highest average ACT score for the incoming class in the previous six years.

A scholar, educator, and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Gilbert earned her bachelor’s degree from Yale University, her MFA from Temple University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.

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