Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

Charlene Alexander is vice president and chief diversity officer at Oregon State University. Dr. Alexander comes to OSU from Ball State University where she served as the associate provost for diversity and interim associate vice president for community engagement from 2013 to 2017. Prior to becoming the associate provost for diversity in 2013, Dr. Alexander directed the School Counseling program in the Department of Counseling Psychology. Her research interests are in the areas of multicultural counseling, school counseling and international psychology. Dr. Alexander has been leading diversity and inclusion initiatives since 1990 while a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr.

Alexander has received several awards for her leadership and diversity work including the Visionary Leadership Award presented by the National Multicultural Conference and Ball State University’s Outstanding Diversity Award, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education recognized her as one of the Top 30 Women in Higher Education in 2014. In 2015, Dr. Alexander received the Outstanding Administrator Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority at Ball State University. Dr. Alexander received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Creighton University, earned her master’s in counseling and guidance from Creighton University, and completed her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.