The Ohio State University at Lima


Dean Charlene D. Gilbert, MFA

Dean Charlene D. Gilbert, MFACharlene Gilbert is the Dean and Director of The Ohio State University at Lima. As dean, Gilbert oversees the education of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Gilbert began her career in higher education in 1998. Prior to coming to Ohio State, Gilbert held a variety of roles at previous institutions from 2007 – 2014, including serving as a tenured full professor, Department Chair and Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Prior to that role, she served on the faculty at American University in Washington, DC and was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University.

During her career in higher education Gilbert has developed numerous enrichment programs for undergraduate students with a focus on increasing the numbers of students enrolling in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. She has also developed mentoring opportunities for students specifically interested in pursuing careers in medicine.

Gilbert is an advocate for student success, undergraduate research, and internships. She believes deeply in the power of education to transform the lives of students and families and is actively involved in efforts to promote higher education.

Gilbert holds a B.A. from Yale University and an MFA from Temple University. She is also a member of numerous professional organizations and serves on the Executive Committee of the Allen County Economic Development Group, the Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is a former fellow with the American Council on Education.