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Rochelle Gilbert


Dr. Rochelle Gilbert is the Dean for the Office of Student Affairs. Responsible for promoting and upholding the values of civility, championing academic excellence, inclusiveness, community engagement, and providing resources, advocacy, and crisis management for all students, Dr. Ro has provided oversight for the establishment of Professional Development Communities for student leaders, Career Resource HUBs, and new student organizations.

Dr. Ro is a servant leader and educator at heart who has impacted countless students, faculty, and staff with over 30 years of experience in transformational leadership, program development, and change management. Her transparency, collaboration, openness to change, and approachable presence demonstrate her uncompromising commitment to serving, leading, and helping others.

Dr. Ro has over a decade of administrative and leadership experience at Walden. She joined the Walden family in 2010, previously serving as the Senior Director of Academic Residencies. Dr. Gilbert provided strategic planning and implantation of residency programming and oversight for faculty and staff support in delivering online learning of residency goals and learning outcomes.

Dr. Ro has served as a Positive Leadership Champion, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee representative, and President’s Council for Student and Alumni Employees. She has served as an advisor for Walden’s chapters of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Divine Nine Alliance, and Virtual Fulbright Chapter. Dr. Ro is a member of Chi Sigma Iota and Golden Key Honor Societies. However, she is most proud to be a Walden Alumni Ambassador, where she shares the exceptional experiences of being a Walden Alum.

Dr. Ro’s research interests include women’s leadership in higher education administration, mental health in communities of color, and the superwoman syndrome. Dr. Gilbert earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Louisiana Monroe and a Master’s in Educational Leadership & Administration. She also earned an Executive MBA and Master’s degrees in Clinical and Mental Health and School Counseling from Walden University.


EdD, University of Louisiana Monroe - Monroe, LA United States

MS, Walden University - Minneapolis, MN United States

MBA, Walden University - Monroe, LA United States

MEd, University of Louisiana Monroe - Monroe, United States

BA, University of Louisiana Monroe - Monroe, LA United States

Awards / Honors

Executive Leadership Certification, National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), 2020

Advanced Leadership Certification , National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), 2020

Advisor Spotlight – National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), Walden Univeristy Divine Nine Alliance, 2020

Outstanding Service Award through Social Action – Louisiana , 2019

Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in the Area of Speech , 2018

Outstanding Woman of Purpose , 2016

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