ODU Names Gray Executive Director of Adult Education

Karen Gray


Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) has appointed Karen Gray as executive director of Adult Education. She will assume her new role on Nov. 4. Gray will oversee the university’s efforts to identify, develop and implement new market-sensitive academic offerings and formats for students in its LEAD program for working adults. 

Gray brings nearly two decades of higher education experience to ODU. She returns to ODU having spent the last two years as director of Dual Enrollment at Columbus State Community College (CSCC). She first joined ODU in 1994 as a financial aid counselor, and served as director of the university’s Office of P-16 Partnerships from 2006-11. 

Gray also has served as assistant director of Adult and Continuing Education at Capital University; director of Development and Corporate Relations, assistant director of Student Services, and student service associate at Franklin University; and program coordinator of Financial Aid at CSCC. 

“I’ve always considered Ohio Dominican University my home, and I’m extremely excited to return as the executive director of Adult Education,” said Gray. “The role that ODU is to play in meeting the needs of adult learners who are returning to college is critical. In order to meet the needs of our economy, we must increase the rate of degree production in the U.S. by more than 50 percent, and the pipeline of young college graduates is not enough to meet this demand. I look forward to working with the dedicated faculty and staff at ODU to position our institution as the leader in Central Ohio for adult education.” 

Gray earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pa., and a Master of Business Administration with a focus in Leadership from Franklin University in Columbus, OH. She is a member of the Ohio Alliance of Dual Enrollment Partnerships, National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), and the Central Ohio Collegiate Alliance. 

“We are privileged to have someone of Karen’s skill set, experience and motivation return to Ohio Dominican University to ensure that we continue to offer adult learners the tools and knowledge they need for long-term career success,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Theresa Holleran, Ph.D. “Adult education is constantly evolving and students’ schedules are becoming increasingly strained. Under Karen’s leadership, ODU will make certain our adult programs remain the most current and in-demand offerings in Central Ohio.” 

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 43 majors as well as nine graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.