Central State University selected by HBCU Digest as a Six-Time Finalist for Excellence


Central State University has been recognized for excellence by being a finalist in six award categories by HBCU Digest. Finalists were selected from more than 175 nominations from across the country.

Central State was selected as a finalist for two of the most prestigious awards - HBCU of the Year and 2017 Female President of the Year.  This is a consecutive year recognition of stellar leadership for President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, who garnered top honors as the recipient of the 2016 Female President of the Year award. Selection as finalists in both of these categories is a direct indicator of outstanding leadership, effective collaboration between the administration, faculty and staff and the progression of the institution.

University staff and students are finalists in the following categories:


HBCU of the Year

Central State University


2017 Female President of the Year

Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond


Female Coach of the Year

Sheba Harris
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference


Male Athlete of the Year

Juan Scott, freshman, Track
NCAA Division II Outdoor 110 Meter Hurdles
National Champion


Women’s Team of the Year

Central State Women’s Basketball Team, the Lady Marauders


Male Student of the Year

Aliou Diouf
2017 Graduate Business Administration


HBCU Digest is a national publication dedicated to covering Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The winners will be announced at the Seventh Annual HBCU Awards ceremony on July 14 in Washington D.C.