Chief Strategy Officer
Dr. Charlene Alexander returned to Ball State University to begin her service as Chief Strategy Officer in November 2021.
In her new role, she is responsible for helping the University execute the imperatives outlined in its strategic plan, Destination 2040: Our Flight Path. Dr. Alexander also oversees Ball State’s Offices of Institutional Research and Decision Support, Community Engagement, and Inclusive Excellence.
Throughout her career, Dr. Alexander has been a champion for initiatives related to diversity and inclusion. She formerly served at Ball State as a professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services—where she directed the School Counseling program for 16 years—and as Associate Provost for Diversity and Interim Associate Vice President for Community Engagement.
Under her leadership, Ball State developed its first Diversity Strategic Plan and released its first statement on the Importance of Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Alexander’s efforts led to Ball State receiving the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the first time in 2016.
Prior to returning to Ball State, Dr. Alexander spent four years at Oregon State University, where she served as Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an M.S. in Counseling and Guidance and a B.A. in Psychology from Creighton University.