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Charisse L. Gillett

Charisse L. Gillett became the seventeenth president of Lexington Theological Seminary (LTS) in September 2011—the first woman and first African-American to lead the seminary as president in its 146-year history. She served as vice president of administration and special projects at the seminary prior to her appointment as president. She is also a former LTS trustee and officer of the Board of Trustees. Gillett has more than twenty years of successful administrative experience in higher education, including service at Transylvania University, Midway College, Robert Morris College, and the University of Northern Iowa. A former moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she has been a commissioned minister of the Christian Church In Kentucky since August 2010 and is associate minister at East Second Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where her husband, LTS DMin alumnus Donald K. Gillett, II, serves as senior pastor. An energetic and dedicated leader, Gillett works closely with a team of trustees, faculty, staff, students, and congregations to grow the seminary’s new program—designed to serve the needs of the church while continuing the seminary’s storied history of shaping people for ministry. She holds a doctorate in education from Northern Illinois University.