LIMA — Ohio State University-Lima dean and director Charlene Gilbert will be leaving the university to take the position of dean of College of Arts and Letters at the University of Toledo.
Gilbert will take her new position July 10. A time for Gilbert’s departure at OSU-Lima has not yet been set, but she could be working at the university as late as July 7. Gilbert will earn $225,000 annually.
Gilbert said the reason for her departure was to be closer to her family. Most of her family lives in the Toledo area. Gilbert was a University of Toledo professor and chair of its Department of Women’s and Gender Studies prior to coming to OSU-Lima.
“My family is still in the area, and it is the main reason I applied for the position in the spring,” Gilbert said.
The OSU Office of Academic Affairs will be handling the transition. A timetable for finding a new dean has not yet been set.
Gilbert said she was proud of several accomplishments in her three years at the university, including:
• An increase of 2.9 percent in campus enrollment this past fall.
• An increase in first-year retention and graduation rates.
• Last week’s groundbreaking for the Perry Webb Student Life Building on the campus.
• The WeServe service campaign that has led to over 3,000 hours of community service by the faculty, staff and students.
• The increase in the numbers of honors students.
“It has been an amazing three years, and it has been my honor and privilege to serve this community,” Gilbert said.
In the fall 2016 semester, the campus experienced a 6.8 percent increase in its four-year graduation rate and a 56.7 percent increase in its five-year graduation rate.
Gilbert also served as a professor in the Departments of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at OSU-Lima.
Once Gilbert’s appointment begins at UT, Jamie Barlowe, the college’s current dean, will join the Provost’s Office full-time as interim vice provost for faculty affairs.
Gilbert said “everyone has been great at OSU” and she would miss the staff and students. She said her main goals in her new position will be supporting faculty research and pushing for student success.
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