Dr. Jacqueline “Jackie” Wilkins has agreed to serve as interim director of OSU Extension in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences effective August 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020 or until a new associate dean and director for OSU Extension is appointed.
Jackie is currently director of Operations for OSU Extension, and is primarily responsible for providing leadership to the statewide Extension operations, comprised of 88 counties, including all matters affecting personnel, finance, and business operations. As interim director of OSU Extension, Jackie will continue her leadership for the Operations team including supervision of staff; assume supervision of the OSU Extension administrative staff; and serve on the CFAES VP Cabinet and assist the VP/Dean and college leadership with college strategic planning and implementation of strategic priorities.
Jackie received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Ohio Dominican University and her master's and doctoral degrees in human development and Family Science from The Ohio State University. Jackie, an associate professor, began her career at Ohio State in 1994 as an Extension associate in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. She then became the Parenting State Extension Specialist in 2000. Jackie most recently served as the Northeast Region director for Extension, where she provided leadership to 21 counties regarding personnel, finances, public relations, and business operations.
Jackie also has experience in the public sector as the owner of a business management consulting firm, where she designed and implemented many strategic planning initiatives and organizational analyses of efficiency, compensation, work flow, attrition, communications, and IT. Jackie's clients included city and county governments, non-profits, court systems, United Way agencies, philanthropic entities, and for-profit businesses.
Jackie's research interests include prevention education, family policy, and organizational capacity building. She has received more than $5.5 million in local, state and federal funding to conduct research and provide prevention programming for Ohio's children and families.