World-Renowned Central State University Chorus To Record a Live CD on December 3

Central State University Chorus performs.

WILBERFORCE, OH. – The vocal artistry and majesty of a Central State University Chorus performance will now be available to be shared via recording as the Chorus prepares for a live-recording.

The world-acclaimed Chorus, which has performed around the world, will bring that sense of excitement and awe to new audiences so that more people in the United States can be exposed to what international audiences have witnessed, said Chorus Director Jeremy Winston. “We want to capture this great musical experience that the choir presents in concert travelling around the world and performing in world-class concert halls,” Winston said.

The live recorded concert will occur at 6 pm on Sunday, Dec. 3. The concert will take place at Central State’s Paul Robeson Cultural & Performing Arts Center.  Winston said, “we decided to have it in The Paul Robeson Cultural & Performing Arts Complex because this iconic structure is a representation of the rich musical tradition of Central State University.”

Admission is $2 for students with an ID and $5 for the general public. Winston said the audience can expect to experience the full range of the Chorus’ repertoire - classical, jazz, gospel, spirituals and music from the movies.

Backed by a full orchestra, the Chorus will perform its most requested song, “Total Praise,” and songs from well-known movies such as Porgy and Bess, Dreamgirls, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Ray, Winston said.

In addition, the Chorus will sing some holiday classics. But when asked what is the Chorus’ favorites songs, Winston said “Psalm 57,” which is a classical song; the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness”; and the spiritual, “Even Me.”

The Chorus, which is 45 members strong, consists of students representing freshmen through seniors. “We’ve got a lot of new singers and this is a new ensemble but they sound magnificent,” Winston said.

The CSU Chorus has performed at The White House for their annual holiday celebration at the invitation of First Lady Michelle Obama and for Ohio Governor John Kasich’s inauguration. In addition, the Chorus has also performed in over a dozen major international cities including Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia, Spain; Prague, Czech Republic; Durbach, Germany; and Straussburg, France.

This is not the first time the Chorus has recorded. In 1993, the Chorus performed with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, resulting in the Telarc International CD, A Gospel Celebration, Amen. The disk was nominated for a Grammy Award and also featured Jennifer Holliday, Maureen McGovern, and Lou Rawls. The Chorus was featured on Blue Monday and Porgy and Bess for Telarc and The Cincinnati Pops.

Refraze Recording Studio in Kettering will record the Dec. 3 performance. The resulting CD should be ready in February. Winston said proceeds raised from the $10 cost will benefit scholarship, attire and travel for the choir. Concert tickets can be purchased online at:


Central State University Showcases its Research at the 1890 Land-Grant Statehouse Luncheon

WILBERFORCE, OH. - Central State University showcased its research and extension efforts at the University’s second annual 1890 Land-Grant Statehouse Luncheon at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday.

More than 120 supporters, educators, and legislators heard how the University is advancing its efforts in research and outreach to urban and rural communities through the University’s cooperative extension agents and its research faculty. Dr. Clarence Bunch, Associate Director, Cooperative Extension Service, said CSU’s Extension Service had helped 14,000 people in Ohio. Extension agents currently work in seven Ohio counties, including Greene County.

Dr. Alton B. Johnson, Dean of the CSU College of Science and Engineering and Director of Land-Grant programs, said, CSU’s Land-Grant Program focuses on three core areas: water resources management, nutrition and health and advanced agricultural technology. At the event, extension agents and CSU’s research faculty displayed research boards and talked with attendees about their innovative work.

Dr. Pedro Martinez, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, told that crowd that research faculty continue to make presentations at international conferences including those in Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Africa. Ohio Senator Bob Peterson said, “I’ve been to Central State. I know the facility and I know the dreams that you have.”

“You impact everyone’s lives that you touch. Thank you for what you do.”

Several speakers mentioned the importance of teaching communities about farm to table production because with every generation, people in the United States get farther removed from the soil. “Food is the one thing that connects every single individual in this world,” said Jon Henry, Director of CSU’s School of Agricultural Education and Food Science.

Central State University showcased its research and extension efforts at the University's second annual 1890 Land-Grant Statehouse Luncheon at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday.

Central State University Announces Plans to Build Two New Farm and Garden Facilities for Agricultural Research and Outreach

Dr. Johnson addresses the delegation at the ground breaking ceremony

WILBERFORCE, OH. – Central State University will advance its agricultural research and outreach initiatives through the creation of two new facilities designed to grow produce and provide research opportunities for students, faculty and the community.

On Friday, Nov. 3, the University held a ground-breaking ceremony for a state-of-the-art Botanical and Community Garden that will include a raised-bed facility where Central State faculty, staff, students and the community can grow fruits and vegetables. In addition, University officials announced the establishment of the CSU Demonstration and Agricultural Experiment Station, which will include an aquaponics facility, and other agricultural research and demonstration buildings. The experiment station will be located on 40 acres the University owns just east of the main entrance to campus.

“Facilities like these and many more to come position Central State University to meet the needs of Ohioans, especially those limited-resource families in our state,” said Dr. Alton B. Johnson, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering and Director of Land-Grant Programs.

The University, through its Cooperative Extension Service, is partnering with Cleveland-based Rid-All Green Partnership to utilize the company’s expertise in building and operating the aquaponics facility. The goal, through that facility, is to develop a community-based model that provides education in 4-H and youth development, agriculture and natural resources, community and economic development and family and consumer science.

As an 1890 Land-Grant University, Central State’s model of teaching, research and extension focuses on student development, cutting-edge research and providing critical knowledge to farmers and urban and rural communities. The University currently has extension agents in seven Ohio counties, including Greene County. Extension services focus on five key areas:

  • Improving Agriculture, Plant Sciences and Economics
  • Creating Youth Pathways to Success
  • Developing Better Social and Economically Sustainable Communities
  • Empowering Families and Communities
  • Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program

Dr. Pedro L. Martinez, CSU Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, said, "The demonstration centers will provide the practical experiences that develop the competencies our graduates need to meet the needs of the State of Ohio and our nation's workforce."

Central State University staff at the ground breaking ceremony in Wilberforce, Ohio.

The Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate give Accolades to Central State University for Excellence

The Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate honored Central State University on Sept. 20 for achievement of overall excellence and for high performance in Athletics.

CSU President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond and CSU Hurdler Juan Scott were met with applause as the Ohio Legislature took time to salute the University’s 2017 achievements. Each chamber offered resolutions saluting the University for being named 2017 HBCU of the Year given by HBCU Digest, and each also honored Women’s Basketball Coach Sheba Harris and CSU Hurdler Juan Scott.

Coach Harris, who was unable to attend, was honored for winning Female Coach of the Year from HBCU Digest. This past season, Coach Harris earned her 100th Career victory, and the women’s basketball team set a single season record.

Juan Scott was honored as the NCAA Div. II 110 Meter Hurdles National Champion. Scott’s parents, Shawnte Thomas and Quincy Davis, and coach James Rollins, were also in attendance.

Rep. Bill Dean, R-Xenia, and Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, sponsored the House resolutions. Rep. Fred Strahorn, D-Dayton, presented the resolution to Juan Scott. Republican Senator Bob Hackett, who represents the 10th District, presented the Senate resolutions.

“Juan’s leadership and athletic prowess resulted in him having a time of 13.73 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles…I am in awe of this young man’s accomplishment,” Rep. Strahorn said.

Rep. Dean said he was excited to celebrate Central State University, which has a tradition of academic persistence that has endured for 130 years.

“Students come to learn at Central State from all over Ohio as well as across the nation and other countries because they see that a bright future is affordable and possible thanks to Central State. I must say also when I have been to Central State, it seems like family and a family atmosphere.”

CSU President Dr. Jackson-Hammond thanked all those who support Central State University including Governor John Kasich and his staff, Chancellor John Carey and the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Sen. Hackett, Representatives Dean, Perales and Strahorn, the legislative black caucus and the CSU trustees, faculty and staff. “We are so fortunate to have so many people supporting Central State University,” She said.

The HBCU of the Year Award is based in part on three major factors, President Jackson-Hammond said:

  • Financial Management and Solvency
  • The University’s Strength in Academic Programs
  • Student Engagement

“If you have not visited Central State University, I encourage you. Come and see what we do,” President Jackson-Hammond said. “We are steadfast to make sure that we are the institution that the state of Ohio can be continuously proud of.”



Central State University’s Environmental Engineering Degree Program Gains Accreditation

WILBERFORCE, OH. – Central State University’s Environmental Engineering Program has met or exceeded all standards for accreditation as confirmed by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).


The accreditation assures students and their families that the baccalaureate program meets the global standards for engineering programs and “that our graduates possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions to pursue graduate school and or full-time employment,’’ said Dr. Pedro L. Martinez, CSU Provost & VP for Academic Affairs. “Additionally, accredited programs demonstrate to our stakeholders that their investment produces engineers prepared to play a crucial role in a technology-driven economy.”


The Environmental Engineering program is part of the acclaimed International Center for Water Resources Management, which is in the College of Science and Engineering. The Center, which has addressed both global and statewide water quality challenges, was the first of its kind in Ohio and among all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


Dr. Krishna Kumar Nedunuri, Chairperson of the Department of Water Resources Management and Director of the International Center for Water Resources Management (ICWRM), said, CSU’s Environmental Engineering program is unique in part due to a strong curriculum in water resources, which it shares with one of the University’s flagship programs, Water Resources Management. The program is also unique in offering courses such as Water and Environmental Law, Advances in GIS applications, and Geophysics.


"Environmental engineers develop solutions to environmental problems such as water contamination, air and noise pollution, and land degradation to sustain public health and enhance the wellness of society,’’ Dr. Nedunuri said. “The new frontiers for future engineers will be harnessing sustainable energies and designing landscapes and infrastructure that are resilient to impacts from climate change.”



Central State University Adds Two New Bachelor Degree Programs

Central State University has introduced a new Agricultural Education degree program and a degree program in Exercise Science, enhancing its STEM curriculum for Fall 2017.

The two Bachelor of Science degree programs bring the total number of baccalaureate degrees offered at Central State’s two locations to 40. The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education is an outgrowth of the University providing more degrees aligned with the University’s Land-Grant Mission.

“These two degrees will prepare our graduates for jobs in growing fields, where trained professionals are needed,’’ said Dr. Pedro L. Martinez, CSU Provost & VP for Academic Affairs. “By adding degrees that address industry needs, we continue to prepare Central State students to contribute to Ohio’s workforce and to the economic development of the state.”

Jon Henry, Director of Central State’s School of Agricultural Education and Food Science, said, “We’re excited about the opportunities this Agricultural Education degree will give students in both the School of Agricultural Education and Food Science and the College of Education. The program has been designed inclusive of earning an agri-science teaching license; Students in this program will be credentialed for classroom instruction upon graduation.”

The major was developed in response to the “growing demand” for agricultural teachers in the state.  Considering that there are more than 300 agricultural education programs in Ohio high schools, and a need to expand 4-H and FFA programs to more than 600 schools, the current supply of credentialed candidates is insufficient.

The value proposition of a Central State education is evident. Located in Greene County, Ohio, Central State is an easy commute from surrounding counties such as Clark, Champaign, Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Warren, Clinton, Highland, Fayette, and Madison.  Students commuting from these counties can earn a four-year degree in their chosen field and become a licensed professional for less than $25,000 in total tuition.

To increase access, the School of Agricultural Education and Food Science is developing distance learning courses, and will soon expand partnerships with local community colleges with agriculture programs (i.e to offer 2+2 programs), for those desiring to complete a bachelor’s degree.

“Also, an Agricultural Education degree provides an excellent foundation for other careers in the agriculture industry, including extension, food production, agri-business and management,” Henry said. “Industry employers including state and federal agencies are anxious to hire students with the communication and professional skills needed to help train employees, educate their customers, and sell their products.”

The Exercise Science program, housed in CSU’s College of Science and Engineering, offers concentrations in four areas:  Sports Performance, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Organizational Health and Wellness, or Integrative Exercise Physiology.  Graduates in these areas will be trained to certification standards consistent with organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Association of Cardio Vascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Medical Fitness Association.

The Exercise Science program aligns with the University’s Family and Consumer Science Program in the Cooperative Extension Service. Example career paths include public or private education, professional sports training or performance coaching, clinical rehabilitation, corporate fitness, and exercise physiology.

About Central State University:

Central State University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio, is a regionally accredited 1890 Land-Grant University with a 130-year tradition of preparing students from diverse backgrounds and experiences for leadership, research and service. The University, which has been named HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest, fosters academic excellence within a nurturing environment and provides a strong liberal arts foundation and STEM-Ag curriculum leading to professional careers and advanced studies globally.


Lowe's Helped 21 Central State University Students Graduate Through Support of TMCF's HBCU Gap Scholarship


WASHINGTON, DC– Twenty-one Central State University students were able to graduate during the 2017 Commencement without any debts owed to the University because of the TMCF | Lowe's Gap Scholarship.

The Thurgood Marshall Fund (TMCF) awarded nearly $450,000 in scholarships as part of the 2016-17 TMCF | Lowe’s Gap Scholarship program, helping 283 member-school students meet outstanding financial obligations so that they can graduate.  TMCF received $500,000 from Lowe’s Corporation for the TMCF | Lowe's Gap Scholarship, which has provided over $1.2 million to graduating seniors at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) since 2012. To qualify for this need-based scholarship, candidates must be graduating from one of TMCF’s 47 member-schools with an account balance of $500 - $3,100 owed to their school. Student applicants are chosen based on their academic skills, financial need, and leadership abilities.

The TMCF | Lowe's Gap Scholarship meets a critical and often overlooked need for many college students. At the end of their senior year of college, many students have an account balance or debt they must pay in order to graduate. For many first generation or low-income students on financial aid, this presents a significant barrier to graduation.  Understanding the importance of getting HBCU students across the graduation finish line, Lowe’s partnered with TMCF to address this specific need.

Central State University 2017 graduate Denzel Hammett graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. A TMCF | Lowe's Gap Scholarship recipient, Hammett said, “My family and I were going through some very rough times and I thought I would not be able to graduate but because of this scholarship, I did. Thank you!”

TMCF president & CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. said, “I am proud of the TMCF | Lowe’s Gap Scholarship because we have been able to partner with a company committed to ensuring our HBCU students graduate from college.”

Mr. Taylor said, “More students in need should apply because there is no reason why several hundred dollars should be a barrier to graduation after years of hard work.”

About Central State University:

Central State University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio, is a regionally accredited 1890 Land-Grant University with a 130-year tradition of preparing students from diverse backgrounds and experiences for leadership, research and service. The University, which has been named HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest, fosters academic excellence within a nurturing environment and provides a strong liberal arts foundation and STEM-Ag curriculum leading to professional careers and advanced studies globally.


The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), established in 1987 is named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice. TMCF represents all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and its member-schools include the 47 publicly-supported HBCUs. With TMCF member-schools educating 80% of all students attending HBCUs, TMCF helps students with a clear intention to succeed acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF also efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students with top tier employment opportunities—access that students or employers might not have on their own. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit:



Central State University to Partner with the City of Xenia


Central State University and the City of Xenia will formalize its long-time collaborative relationship by jointly supporting a petition to annex 159 acres of CSU’s land into Xenia. The annexation signals the beginning of a concerted effort to strategically link both the city and the campus for future joint economic, educational and developmental expansion.

The move, which is part of a multi-phased effort, reflects a shared vision for growth for Central State and Xenia. By becoming a part of Xenia, Central State will save on surcharges it pays for city services and it opens the door for Central State to become a more engaged business partner with the city of Xenia on education, business attraction and workforce development initiatives.

Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman said, “For years, the relationship between the City of Xenia and Central State University has not been as progressive or rewarding as it could have been to establish this community as a major economic force. The partnership between the City and Central State University to collaborate on annexation not only fulfills cost-saving fiscal goals, but, also further signals Xenia’s game-changing mentality and vision to further transform our community into an economically viable and sustainable region providing jobs, education, leadership, and enhanced quality-of-life and stability for years to come.”

Central State President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond said, “Central State University has a long and interwoven history with the City of Xenia. After many focus groups with statewide stakeholders and alums from across the country, on the cusp of welcoming our largest freshman class in years, we realize that if Central State University is to expand its visibility, economic growth and sustainability, we must forge a formal relationship with our closest municipality.’’

Mark Hatcher, Chairman of the CSU Board of Trustees said, “The Central State Board of Trustees places a high value on the University’s ability to drive strategic initiatives that increase operational efficiencies. Governor John Kasich has required Ohio’s Universities to pursue efforts that lower overall costs in order to make college more affordable. CSU’s financial benefits from this partnership are undeniable. Annexation is just one of the measures that will allow Central State University to remain the lowest tuition state university as the cost of college education rises.”

With 350 employees, Central State will become a major new employer for the city. Central State currently sits on more than 600 acres in Xenia Twp. and in the past, has worked with the township on needed services. But as the campus grew, the University needed a higher level of affordable services to support that growth. By becoming a part of Xenia, the closest municipality, Central State will experience the same benefits that all other four-year public Universities in Ohio experience by being located in a city or municipality.

The city of Xenia currently provides water and fire/EMS service to the University, via a contract. As a resident business, Central State will not have to pay a premium in surcharges and will have access to additional city services such as mutual aid police protection, roadway maintenance, professional planning, economic development and public relations services.

Central State’s annexation plans were presented to Xenia City Council on Thursday. The annexation process will be implemented in three distinct phases.  Phase one will include geographically uniting the City and Central State via contiguously owned City and CSU property near Old Route 35 east and Wilberforce Switch Road. Phase two and three, expected to be implemented in 2018 and 2019, will involve the majority of the campus, and land owned by the Central State University Foundation.

CSU employees will not experience any income tax impact in phase one. Based on University estimates, approximately half of all employees will experience incremental impact on their tax withholdings in mid-2018, which will be reported in 2019.

As an 1890 Land-Grant Institution, Central State is currently working with communities and investing in partnerships all across Ohio to help develop better social economic sustainable communities. Bringing that expertise to Xenia’s underserved neighborhoods in a greater way would be a win for the partnership.

CSU’s Extension Service is slated to have a branch office in the proposed 80,000 square-foot Greene County Recreation, Education, Activity, Community and Health (REACH) center, which is planned to address recreational, educational, workforce, health and wellness needs in the county. This is a collaborative effort between Xenia, the Kettering Foundation, Kettering Health Network, Central State University, Clark State Community College, the YMCA of Greater Dayton and the Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Center.


Central State University’s Social Work Program Gains Accreditation


WILBERFORCE, OH. – Central State University’s Social Work Program has been awarded accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

The first ever accreditation covers both degrees awarded in Social Work - the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degree - and is effective through June 2021. The designation assures students of the quality of Central State’s instruction.

Dr. Pedro Martinez, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said, “It’s a great honor that the Department of Social Work has received the approval of the social work degree by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  Receiving full accreditation validates that CSU’s social work program has met the accreditation standards of quality and that it provides our students with a superior academic experience.”

Dr. George Arasimowicz, Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, said, “Central State University is committed to advancing students through liberal and professional studies programs of quality and distinction. Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) ensures quality and professional standards. Central State University is proud to uphold CSWE standards on behalf of its learning and service communities.’’

Dr. Charlla Allen, Director of Central State’s Social Work Program, said, CSU’s baccalaureate program in social work prepares students for beginning employment in social work or for graduate study.

“This programmatic accreditation ensures that the graduate will be recognized as one who is academically prepared for a candidate for a licensed professional, for practice within the 50 states of the USA…With a degree from a CSWE accredited program, a social worker is more mobile and has a greater expectation that the credentials will follow him or her,” Dr. Allen said.

Accredited social work programs must include field experience that connects theory and practice. Students can be assured of getting at least 400 hours of field experience in the baccalaureate program.

Dr. W. Lynn Rigsbee II, Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, said, the accreditation “is a significant achievement for Central State University. It shows the joint commitment of CSU and the Social Work faculty to provide our students with a professional program that is solidly grounded in the liberal arts.”


Central State University Wins Prestigious National Award - University Honored as HBCU of the Year


Central State University has won the acclaimed HBCU of the Year Award, a prestigious national honor which acknowledges the University’s growth and elevated public impact and exposure at the state, national and international level.

The accolade, announced July 14 in Washington D.C., is the top University award given at the HBCU Digest Awards Ceremony. The University also received recognition when Women’s Basketball Coach Sheba Harris won the Female Coach of the Year Award. The HBCU Digest Awards celebrate excellence in a number of categories including academics, student activities and athletic excellence. Its highest honors are reserved for University leadership and impact. Finalists were selected from more than 175 nominations from historic black colleges and universities across the country.

Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, who last year was named Female President of the Year by HBCU Digest, said, “Central State University is honored to receive this prestigious award from HBCU Digest! There are 107 HBCUs and this award is received in recognition of our commitment and mission to provide quality academic collegiate experiences to the students that we serve.”

Jarrett Carter Sr., founding editor of HBCU Digest, said, "Without question, Central State University had a banner year in showing the full capacity of HBCU operational and cultural excellence. The coverage the University earned for fiscal growth, academic development, athletic achievement and community service met all of the standards that most HBCU advocates would hope to see in all of our historically black institutions, regardless of size or designation. It was a tough year of competition for this award, but in the end, I believe the voting academy made a great decision in honoring Central State and the state of Ohio with this award."

A regionally accredited 1890 Land-Grant Institution, Central State’s growth, and focus on academics and affordability have been recognized at the state, national and international level.

The State of Ohio acknowledged CSU through four proclamations congratulating the University on its academic impact and presidential and organizational leadership.

President Jackson-Hammond was one of three HBCU presidents invited to provide testimony to a congressional committee on the importance of recruiting African American males for careers in Agriculture.

Also, this year, CSU increased its international diversity by 13 percent, and President Jackson-Hammond travelled to Nigeria and Grenada seeking international partnerships that extend CSU’s academic programming to international communities.

Affordability, Value and Enrollment Growth

U.S. News and World Report ranked Central State the fifth most affordable University nationwide for out-of-state students. The national recognition cited a 70 percent reduction in out-of-state tuition.

The University achieved a 22 percent increase in new first-time students for Fall 2016 and that class of new first-time students - at 634 - was the largest in the past five years. The University has experienced an 82 percent increase in incoming student applications for Fall, 2017. Enrolled students from the Bahamas tripled for Fall 2017.


Central State’s new Department of Agricultural Sciences offers a four-year degree in Sustainable Agriculture – only one of few offered in Ohio.

The University’s new School of Agricultural Education and Food Science will soon offer a degree in agricultural education, a critical workforce need in Ohio.

Fiscal Accountability

Central State exceeded financial liquidity benchmarks set by the state of Ohio for public university reserves. In addition, Central State became one of the first Universities in Ohio to publicly post its spending online.


CSU grew its collaborative agreements with businesses to create greater opportunities for students. A new innovative partnership with Union Savings Bank will prepare students for careers in the banking sector.

Community/Government Relations

This year, CSU contacted more than 800 stakeholders to help the University think about its future. More than 180 people participated in focus groups around the region. And two inaugural community Land-Grant events were held – the 1st Annual 1890 Land-Grant Research & Extension Stakeholder Event and Community & Schools Land-Grant Day, educating key constituents about our land-grant status.



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

Central State University is a finalist in six award categories honoring excellence at Historically Black Colleges and Universities 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 Female HBCU 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:

Female Coach of the YearSheba Harris

Male Athlete of the Year Juan Scott, freshman, Track

Women’s Team of the YearCentral State Women’s Basketball Team, the Lady Marauders

Male Student of the YearAliou Diouf, 2017 graduate

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.

Central State University Invests more than $20M in Infrastructure and Facility Upgrades


WILBERFORCE, OH. -  Central State University is investing more than $20M in upgrades to its campus and facilities, which will result in updated dormitories, enhanced security and renovated academic buildings.

The projects will span through Spring 2018 and will include new sidewalks and new ADA accessible entrances, a campus-wide camera system and an upgrade of the entire campus communications infrastructure.

The projects are as follows:

Recently Completed Projects

University College
Completion: February 2017
Project Cost: $85,000
University College operations have been relocated to the Norman E. Ward Sr. Center.  Workspace upgrades included painting, new flooring, wall treatments and IT upgrades.

Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library Renovation Phase 1
Completion: April 2017
Project Cost: $3,000,000
Renovation of existing space to address roof repairs, HVAC upgrades and several general repairs.


Current Major Projects

Sidewalk and Road Repairs
Targeted Completion Date: August 2017
Project Budget: $1,800,000
In partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation, new asphalt, sidewalks, curbs and curb drains will be made on University grounds. New ADA accessible entrances will be installed during this phase of major road and sidewalk repairs. Expected project start date: July 2017.

Williamson Hall
Targeted Completion Date: August 2017
Project Budget: $750,000
Renovations includes full overhaul of floors 3 and 4 and general repairs to the entire building. The contractor will replace the roof, replace flooring, paint, do HVAC repairs, bathroom updates and other general repairs. Project start date: May 2017.

All Other Residential Halls
Targeted Completion Date: August 2017
Project Budget: $750,000
General maintenance and repairs to all residence halls. Project start date: May 2017.

Registrar/Cash Management
Targeted Completion Date: August 2017
Project Budget: $275,000
Renovations to the Ward Center to accommodate the offices of Cash Management and the Registrar are occurring. Both offices are moving from the Newsom Administration building to the Ward Center. The renovation will include a new ceiling, painting and construction of new cubicles and offices.  HVAC, electrical and IT updates are included in the renovation.
Project start date: June 2017.

Campus Wide Chillers and HVAC Upgrades
Targeted Completion Date: September 2017
Project Budget: $1,503,350
This project includes the replacement of inefficient chillers and HVAC distribution systems in three Academic and Administration buildings. In 2012, the University secured Air Quality Bonds to upgrade the heating energy management system, but did not address the much-needed cooling system upgrades. This project will begin to address the most critical cooling and air handling issues on campus. Project start date: April 2017.

Emery Hall Renovation
Targeted Completion Date: December 2017
Project Budget: $2,100,000
The renovation of the outer wings of Emery Hall, with upgrades to the HVAC, office spaces and all critical services, is in progress.  Project start date: May 2017.

Information Technology Network and Infrastructure Upgrades
Targeted Completion Date: December 2017
Project Budget: $3,447,000
Upgrades include the entire campus communication infrastructure. This initiative will upgrade the communication backbone, complete Wi-Fi upgrade, purchase of computers and workstations, and provide a strategic plan for where the institution is moving for its communications needs.  Project start date is June 2017.

Campus Security, Safety and Lighting Improvements
Targeted Completion Date: December 2017
Project Budget: $1,900,000
Several major improvements to campus security will occur and will include the following: Door access system, full camera system, improved lighting and emergency response system. Expected project start date is July 2017.

Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library Renovations Phase 2
Targeted Completion Date: Spring 2018
Project Budget: $5,020,000
This is a continuation of Phase 1 and it will address three major components: roof replacement, completion of HVAC upgrades, and library modernization.
Project start date: May 2017.


Statement By Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond on the Ohio Senate Version of the State Biennial Budget

WILBERFORCE, OH. - “We wish to thank the Ohio House and Senate for their support of Higher Education in this budget deliberation. We know the resources provided to the State from the taxpayers are precious, yet the Legislature and the Administration are working diligently to craft a balanced budget that prioritizes and recognizes the value of education to the economic viability and prosperity to our state.


We want to especially acknowledge the Senate proposed increase in OCOG funding, which will help all college students attend more affordably. The Senate increased funding for the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, which provides need-based financial aid to college students. The OCOG investment of more than $208 million over the biennium will make college degrees more affordable.


In addition, we thank the Ohio House of Representatives for the funding support for CSU’s new agriculture education program, and we will be asking the Senate to do the same. The economic viability of the state in the rural areas relies on strong agriculture education programs and leaders, which our program will produce.  As the most affordable 4-year institution in Ohio, Central State’s Agriculture (Ag) Education program is the best value option for in-state students interested in becoming agriculture educators. Achieving a 4-year degree and teaching certificate for less than $25,000 in tuition cost for our local commuter students is at a minimum 40 percent less than the cost of tuition at other universities in Ohio for this program. This program will also allow us to support the USDA Task Force Initiative on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity, announced by the USDA Secretary, to attack barriers to rural success in Ohio and throughout the Nation. Prosperity in rural Ohio will only come with educated leaders like those trained in the CSU program.


While CSU has absorbed state funding reduction of $2 Million in State Instructional Support in the past 2 budgets, in the areas of Plant Operations and Maintenance, Access Challenge funds, and At-Risk Student Funding, we strive to be fiscally prudent, and we financially support the programs we know will make a difference in creating our leaders of tomorrow.


Therefore we support the efforts of the House of Representatives, Senator Bob Hackett and others to restore the requested funding to the Agriculture Education program at CSU.”



Central State University’s Upward Bound Program Receives Multi-Year Funding to Help Students Graduate and Go to College

WILBERFORCE, OH – Central State University’s Upward Bound Program has received funding of approximately $1.2M to continue programming for the next five years for high school students.

The funding, from the United States Department of Education, will serve 63 ninth through 12th grade students annually. Upward Bound provides tutoring, college preparatory test-prep, study skills classes and time management classes for lower-income students who would be the first in their families to attend college. Central State’s program targets students at Dayton’s Meadowdale and Thurgood Marshall High Schools, in addition to students at Jefferson Twp. High School.

John Anene, CSU’s Upward Bound Director, said the goal is for the students to graduate from high school and to graduate from college. “The more they fund these programs, the better for society,” he said.

In the past three years, CSU’s Upward Bound Program has averaged a 92 percent post-secondary enrollment rate, while it has maintained a 100 percent high school graduation rate. Students can enter the program in the ninth through 11th grade. Academic emphasis is placed on core college preparatory courses such as Mathematics through Pre-Calculus, Science, Foreign Language, Composition and Literature.

CSU’s Upward Bound six-week summer camp started June 5 and will go through July 12.


Central State University Enters into an Innovative Partnership with Union Savings Bank to Prepare Students for Careers in the Banking Sector

WILBERFORCE, OH. – Central State University and Union Savings Bank (USB) on Monday launched a new Summer Banking Institute to train CSU students for careers in Banking.

The innovative partnership combines classroom instruction with hands-on experience at a Union Savings Bank location. The USB Summer Banking Institute is an eight-week program. Ten participants will spend the first four weeks in classes taught on Central State’s campus by CSU faculty and USB officials. The remaining four weeks will be a paid internship at a participating branch bank site.

Louis Beck, Chairman of Union Savings Bank, greeted the participants by telling them, “We are honored to be here to be trailblazers in this new program.”

Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, said, “we are so happy to be partners with you. We know how important it is to have the faces of these people in corporate America.”

Dr. Fidelis Ikem, Dean of the CSU College of Business, said, “we teach the students what they need to know in the classroom and then they have an opportunity to gain field experience.”

The curriculum is designed with the banking industry in mind. Topics include Basics of Mortgage Processing, Retail Banking, Building and Retaining Customer Relationships, Relationship Selling, Data Management, Monetary Policy and Bank Operations.

The Institute is the brainchild of Union Savings Bank, whose branches serve Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The goal is to create a pipeline of talent for the banking institution. The bank has announced the opening of a new branch in Xenia, OH.

Mr. Beck, said, "We are excited about collaborating with CSU in building future diversity and inclusive talent in the Banking industry.  For us, having a presence in a community like Xenia, Ohio, is even more meaningful with a partnership with Central State University, a Historically Black College and University.  We look forward to working with the students in the 2017 Summer Banking Institute and to building a robust talent pool through internships and deepening the understanding, familiarity and trust in the banking industry."


The 10 student participants are:

Morgan Washington, Sophomore, Business Administration Major

Sharonda McDaniel, Senior, Accounting Major

Cashay Barnett, Sophomore, Psychology Major

Marchea Wiley, Junior, Business Administration Major

Joey Williams, Sophomore, Business Administration Major

Devin Watkins, Junior, Business Administration Major

Jordan Phillips, Junior, Business Administration Major

Javlin Kenner, Junior, Business Administration Major

Tolissa McClendon, Senior, Business Administration Major

Cristler Martel, Sophomore, Business Administration Major


Juan Scott wins NCAA Division II Championship in 110 meter hurdles

BRADENTON, Florida - Central State University hurdler Juan Scott made history with a record breaking performance to win the NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championship in the 110 meter hurdles on Saturday.


"I came into the outdoor national championships as a bit of an underdog," Scott said. "After missing out on the indoor finals in March, I was determined to have my best performance of the year this weekend. I drew on my past experiences as preparation and felt really confident going into this week's competition."


Scott ran a time of 13.82 seconds in Friday's national preliminary round, tying a school record and advancing to Saturday's national final. Less than 24 hours later, the freshman from Dunbar High School shattered a Central State and IMG Academy facility record with a pace of 13.73 seconds to claim the national title by 0.07 seconds over senior Shawn Rowe of St. Augustine's University.


Scott becomes the first Central State student-athlete to win an NCAA Div. II National Championship, accomplishing the feat while celebrating his 20th birthday. With the win, Scott is also the first Marauder to earn USTFCCCA Outdoor All-American 1st Team honors.


"It feels great to make history at Central State University," Scott said. "My goal is to continue to sustain this level of success and make more history as I continue my collegiate career."


Attending nearly every competition their son has participated in since he began running in high school, Scott's parents gleamed with pride and emotion after witnessing their son's victory. Juan's father, Quincy, commented on his son's accomplishment.


"This really means a lot for all of us in the family. Words really can't explain how we feel right now. We are very proud parents," Quincy Scott said. "Hopefully, Juan can bring a few more championships back home over the next couple of years."


In addition to winning a national title, Scott's phenomenal freshman year includes nine wins in hurdle events, an SIAC Championship, an All-Ohio Championship, USTFCCCA Indoor All-American honors and an appearance at the NCAA Div. II Indoor National Championships.


"Juan really committed to the program and bought in to what we are doing at Central State University," CSU head coach James Rollins said. "He has worked hard for everything he has accomplished and I am excited to see him reach his goal of becoming a national champion. As long as he continues to stay hungry, I believe the sky is the limit for him."



About the NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track & Field Championships:

The 2007 NCAA Div. II Championships are held in Bradenton, Florida at IMG Academy. The University of Tampa and IMG Academy serve as co-hosts of the championships. Scott was one of 754 participants, 377 men and 377 women, participating in the championships. Scott qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for 110 meter men's hurdles.

For full results from the NCAA Div. II Outdoor Championships, visit -<.a>



Central State University receives $30,000 Home Depot ”Retool Your School” grant

WILBERFORCE, OH – Central State University won a $30,000 grant from The Home Depot’s “Retool Your School” program after placing among the top vote getters in the 2017 competition.

This year, 72 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) competed for nine Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grants. Retool Your School, a program run by The Home Depot, supports sustainable campus beautification projects at HBCUs. Grants were awarded based on consumer voting and project proposal scores, which were determined by a panel of judges. The grants totaled $360,000.


Central State will use the funds to aid in making bathroom repairs in the residential halls and some renovations in Walker Gymnasium, a commonly used space by students, faculty, and staff.


“We are excited about receiving this grant. We appreciate the contributions of our Student Government Association, student body, faculty, staff, students, and alumni to have participated in this competition this year, said Dr. Stephanie L. Krah, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.  “We thank The Home Depot for their commitment to improving HBCUs.”


Central State University Becomes One of the First Public Universities in Ohio to Post Expenditures Online for Public Review

COLUMBUS, OH. – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today that Central State University is one of the first Universities in Ohio to publicly post its spending online in an effort to boost fiscal transparency.

The checkbook level expenditures are posted on, an initiative through the state treasurer’s office aimed at improving public access to government spending data. Central State’s online checkbook includes more than 7,700 individual transactions that represent more than $17 million of total spending over Fiscal Year 2015. Bowling Green State University also put its checkbook expenditures online.

Curtis Pettis, CSU Vice President for Administration and Finance & CFO, said “Central State University is committed to transparency and we are pleased to be joining BGSU as the first two universities to place their spending on “We thank Treasurer Mandel for the chance to make our spending information easily accessible, searchable and user friendly.”

Posting the University’s check-level detail is aligned with one of Central State’s six compelling priorities. That priority focuses on continuously working to create efficient and effective institutional operations.

Treasurer Mandel launched in December 2014. displays more than $592 billion in spending over the past nine years. 


Central State University Exceeds State-Mandated Financial Benchmarks; Ohio Chancellor Removes Fiscal Watch Designation


WILBERFORCE, OH. - Ohio Chancellor John Carey announced today that Central State University has exceeded financial benchmarks set by the state of Ohio and is now out of fiscal watch.

The declaration, announced at an event at Central State, is a result of two consecutive years in which the University’s reserves grew and Central State surpassed financial accountability benchmarks required to shed fiscal watch – accomplishing increased financial liquidity one year earlier than required by law.

“We are pleased with the dedication and effort put forth by Central State University to address its financial situation and get on the path to fiscal recovery,” said Chancellor Carey. “The release of Central State from fiscal watch status is the result of diligence and hard work. We look forward to seeing the university continue on this path.”

Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond said, “We have worked intentionally to improve our financials and have developed and implemented policies that support effective and efficient operations. The University is healthy and moving forward in our mission to provide quality educational experiences for our students.’’

“This achievement is the result of the entire University working collaboratively to support this great institution!’’

Central State’s focus on effective and efficient institutional operations is one of six compelling priorities of the University. In the past two years, the University has:

  • Implemented a targeted student enrollment initiative to recruit and retain more state, regional and international students.
  • Secured external partners in planning and operations to maximize University business operations.
  • Worked with various State of Ohio Departments, which provided essential services at low to no cost.
  • Limited most spending to initiatives that support the University’s strategic priorities.

Central State University’s leadership aggressively embraced its #6 Compelling Priority and exceeded an efficient and effective goal to reduce costs and improve services.  Overall, operating costs fell by 20 percent through workforce rightsizing, the implementation of major energy savings initiatives, and collaborative partnerships with the business community and other higher education institutions. Most of the initiatives were in progress prior to the fiscal watch placement.

“Successful implementation of strategic initiatives and bold actions have strengthened the University’s financial health and improved processes and services to students,” said Curtis Pettis, VP of Finance and Administration. “As a result, the University emerged from fiscal watch ahead of schedule and more prepared than ever for growth and new opportunities.”

State Auditor Dave Yost said, “CSU has remediated or is substantially in process of being remediated.”

A regionally accredited 1890 Land-Grant University, Central State offers students outstanding academic choices that include the development of new Agriculture-based degree programs and concentrations. Within the 35 majors available at the University, Central State has the state’s only Bachelor of Science Degree in Sustainable Agriculture.

U.S. News and World Report ranked Central State the fifth most affordable University nationwide for out-of-state students. Affordable also recognized the value of a CSU degree in their 2016 ranking of the 25 most affordable bachelor-degree granting Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

In addition, CSU's value earned the University a 45th ranking in the GoodCall 2016 Best Schools for Scholarships Report. The website examined scholarship and fellowship dollars per enrolled students for more than 4,000 public colleges and universities nationwide.

Mark Hatcher, Esq., Chair of the CSU Board of Trustees, said the board is pleased with the performance of President Jackson-Hammond, her cabinet, faculty and staff regarding the implementation of the strategy to increase fiscal accountability and improvement of financial processes.  “We are particularly pleased that these improvements occurred without compromising the academic experience or the value of the University to our students and to the State of Ohio.”



Ohio Attorney General Day

Displayed here is a video summary produced by the Ohio Attorney General's office of Ohio Attorney General Day at Central State University.


Central State University’s Community & Schools Land-Grant Day on April 7 Will Focus on Mission, Education and Community Outreach


WILBERFORCE, OH. - Central State University will host its first Community & Schools Land-Grant Day to engage community stakeholders in the mission of Land-Grant Universities.

The public event, on Friday, April 7, will bring agricultural experts, health and fitness vendors and CSU’s faculty and extension staff together to explore the history and mission of Land-Grant Universities and the focus of the University’s efforts. High school students will have an opportunity to learn about college scholarships and a range of careers in Agricultural Sciences.

Representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the National Park Service will be in attendance. Participants can interact with exhibits on body agility, preparing healthy meals, organic gardening and CSU Extension and 4-H programs.

The event will be held from 9 am to 2 pm in the University Student Center. Admission is free. The public can register in advance at On-Site Registration begins at 8 a.m.

As Ohio’s only 1890 Land-Grant Institution, Central State partners with the Ohio State University to conduct research and provide extension services to 10 counties throughout the state. Additionally, as a Land-Grant University, Central State offers support and resources for students interested in STEM-Agriculture academic college majors, STEM enrichment learning opportunities and 4-H young adult programs.



Central State University is Offering a $10,000 Renewable Scholarship for Incoming Ohio Freshmen and Community College Graduates Majoring in STEM-Ag

WILBERFORCE, OH. –  Incoming freshmen and community college graduates who are STEM-Ag majors from Ohio are eligible for a $10,000 annual renewable scholarship to Central State University. Deadline is March 31.

The Broadening Ohio’s Workforce in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics-Agriculture (BOW STEM-Ag) scholarship is a renewable competitive scholarship, offering up to $10,000 per year up to four years, upon meeting yearly program requirements and available funding. The BOW STEM-Ag program is funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education under the Choose Ohio First (COF) Scholarship Initiative. The COF aims to strengthen the ability of Ohio and its residents to compete in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine (STEMM), and STEMM education.

In order to be considered, applicants are required to meet the following criteria and apply for admissions to Central State University by Friday March 31, 2017. To qualify for this scholarship, students must:

  • Be an Ohio Resident.
  • Be an incoming freshman or community college graduate.
  • Major in Manufacturing Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Water Resources Management, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Sustainable Agriculture, or Agriculture Education.
  • Have a cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from high school or community college.
  • Have at least a 22 ACT or SAT equivalent if incoming freshman.
  • Have one (1) letter of recommendation from a faculty member or high school teacher.
  • Submit a personal essay that describes your goals and motivation as a student.

The application can be found at:

Central State University Celebrates Student Academic Excellence during its 2017 Honors Day Convocation


WILBERFORCE, OH. - Central State University will recognize outstanding academic achievement during its Annual Honors Day Convocation on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

More than 275 students will be celebrated at the 10 am event, which will take place in the Paul Robeson Cultural & Performing Arts Center. This year’s theme is Continuing the Tradition: A Culture of Merit and Excellence. The public is invited to attend.

All students honored have a 3.2 grade point average or above. Class Honors will be given to those with GPAs up to 3.49 and College Honors will be giving to those with GPAs of 3.5 and above.

High achieving seniors receive special Gold Cord Honors. The person in each class with the highest GPA is recognized as a Top Scholar.

The 2017 Top Scholars are:

  • Ms. Rhesa Davis, West Friendship, MD., Senior Class Scholar
  • Mr. Bryan Williams, Chicago, Ill., Junior Class Scholar
  • Ms. Arame Diouf,  Dakar, Senegal, Sophomore Class Scholar
  • Mr. Charles Chirume, Columbus, Ohio, Freshman Class Scholar


Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond Attends Historic Gathering of HBCU Presidents and Chancellors

WASHINGTON D.C. – Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond joined other presidents and chancellors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities for a historic series of meetings with President Donald Trump’s administration to discuss the mission and sustainability of the Universities.

The two-day event, held on Feb. 27-28, included President Donald Trump, members of his administration and members of Congress. President Jackson-Hammond was invited to attend by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which helped to coordinate the event.

The meetings included a discussion of key strategic issues impacting the Universities and panel discussions on topics such as the future of building and sustaining public and private partnerships with federal agencies and the private sector. At the meetings, President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged that HBCUs had historically been underfunded and pledged to help.

Participants included Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI); Senator Tim Scott (R-SC); Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC); Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos; and Omarosa Manigault, director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison and a CSU graduate.

In addition, President Jackson-Hammond was one of a select group of HBCU presidents with President Trump when he signed an executive order recognizing the importance of HBCUs.

“HBCU leaders were able to position our mission, vision and intentions regarding the sustainability of our universities. We were heard and we all hope that intentional actions will occur,” said President Jackson-Hammond. “I want to thank CEO Johnny Taylor and the entire staff of TMCF for their unbelievable advocacy and coordination of this massive undertaking. With TMCF, we have friends on the Hill!’’

Central State University is a regionally accredited 1890 Land-Grant University and the only public HBCU in Ohio.

Below is video of the signing of the Executive Order. Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond is in the yellow suit:


Central State University Women’s Basketball Coach Sheba Harris and the University’s Cheerleaders Pick Up Top League Honors

Central State University Women’s Basketball Coach Sheba Harris has been named Coach of the Year for the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Coach Sheba Harris

Coach Harris coached the Lady Marauders to their first S-I-A-C West Division title since becoming an exclusive member of NCAA Div. II. The honor from the S-I-A-C comes after a regular season in which Coach Harris coached CSU to a 12-game winning streak. On Feb. 1, Harris earned her 100th career coaching victory. With a a regular season record of 18-7 overall, Harris finished with a career best in wins and winning percentage in a single season.

“This award is a testament to the hard work of our coaching staff, players and staff assistants,” Coach Harris said. “I also want to thank the entire Central State community for continuing to support our program.”

Coach Harris becomes the first Central State coach in any sport to earn the S-I-A-C Coach of the Year award. The S-I-A-C Coach of the Year honor is voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

In addition, the Central State University Cheerleaders took top honors at the S-I-A-C Cheer Expo in Birmingham, Ala. as the 2017 S-I-A-C Co-Ed Cheer Champions. It was a return to competitive cheerleading for Central State.

Congratulations to both.






Central State University and President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond Recognized by Ohio House Representatives

WILBERFORCE, OH. - Members of the Ohio House of Representatives commended Central State University and President Dr. Cynthia Jackson- Hammond for their positive impact on the state of Ohio during the January 25th session.

Joining Representatives Rick Perales of the 73rd District, and Bill Dean of the 74th District were members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) in presenting resolutions lauding the accomplishments of President Jackson-Hammond and the University.

“If you look at her resume you will find a very detailed and impressive list of accomplishments,” Rep. Perales remarked. “Dr. Jackson-Hammond is the right person for the right time to lead Central State University."

Both, Rep. Perales and Rep. Dean reiterated President Jackson-Hammond’s achievements as the 2016 Female President of the Year among historically black colleges and universities selected by HBCU Digest and one of the Top 100 Women to Watch selected by Bizwomen.  The progression of the University and the final push, which led to the University's federal designation as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution was attributed to her bold leadership.  Also highlighted was CSU's national ranking as the fifth most affordable University (for out-of-state students) and curriculum enhancements in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Agriculture (STEM-Ag) education.

"This is indeed an honor for Central State University; 130 years of academic excellence," President Jackson Hammond stated as she addressed the House of Representatives and visiting CSU administrators. "We really work very hard and diligently not to just be a success for our students, but to be a success for the state of Ohio.”

During his closing remarks Rep. Dean declared, “Today the University stands as a beacon of opportunity!”




Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond Among the Top Ten Most Influential HBCU Presidents in 2016


Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, president Central State University

WILBERFORCE, OH. - Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond has been named one of the Top Ten Most Influential HBCU College Presidents in 2016.

The national recognition, which acknowledges Dr. Jackson-Hammond’s transformative leadership of the University, is from HBCU Digest, a publication dedicated to covering historically black colleges and universities. The recognition caps a year of accomplishments that includes “raising more than $2 million in federal support for the university’s agricultural programs, first-year student enrollment growth exceeding 20 percent, and serving as a key voice in Congressional hearings on how to increase federal support for historically black land-grant institutions,” the news publication stated.

President Jackson-Hammond is the first female president in the 130-history of the University. Last year, President Jackson-Hammond received the prestigious recognition of being named the 2016 Female President of the Year among all historically black colleges and universities. On Jan. 25,

State Representatives Bill Dean, R-Xenia, and Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, will present her with a resolution acknowledging this accomplishment on the House floor in the Ohio Statehouse.

In 2016, Central State University was ranked among the top universities in the country, according to national polls College Choice, Affordable and GoodCall 2016 Best Schools.

U.S. News and World Report ranked Central State fifth in the nation for providing the most affordable out-of-state tuition resulting from the University’s reduction in surcharge for out-of-state incoming and continuing students by more than 70 percent.

More achievements under President Jackson-Hammond’s leadership include the development of a new School of Agricultural Education and Food Science, a Department of Agricultural Sciences, a degree program in Sustainable Agriculture and extension services to advance the University’s land-grant mission.




Public Comments about Central State University Are Sought as the University Undergoes a Periodic Accreditation Review

Central State University is inviting the public to comment about the University in preparation for a periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.

The Higher Learning Commission is a regional accreditation agency that accredits degree-granting institutions of higher education located in the 19-state North Central region of the United States. Institutions are evaluated against a set of standards that institutions must meet to retain accreditation. Accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution ranging from its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances, and resources.

Central State, an 1890 Land-Grant University, has been accredited by HLC since 1949. A team of peer reviewers will visit campus in March 2017 to assess the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address:

Public Comment on Central State University
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at  Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be signed and in writing. All comments must be received by February 6, 2017.

Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond Receives National Recognition as a Top 100 Businesswoman to Watch


WILBERFORCE, OH-   Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond has joined the exclusive ranks of the nation’s top Businesswomen to Watch, selected by Bizwomen, a publication of the American City Business Journals. Bizwomen’s “Top 100 Women to Watch” honor recognizes some of the most respected female business executives in the United States for their impact on their company and their community.

Dr. Jackson-Hammond was selected from more than 1,000 leaders. Dr. Jackson-Hammond, who has led Central State University since 2012, is the University’s eighth president and first female president in the institution’s 129-year history. Notable advancements achieved by the University under her administration include:

  • Federal designation as an 1890 Land-Grant University promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Agriculture (STEM-Ag) degree program offerings and research and extension services for local farmers and neighboring communities;
  • Ten year re-affirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools;
  • Accreditation of CSU’s College of Business by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP);
  • Creation of the Teacher Education Advisement & Partnership Center that supports the matriculation of graduates to licensed professionals in education;
  • Construction of a $33 million, 85,000 sq. ft. Student Center hosting a 500+ seat dining hall, computer labs, a bookstore and administrative offices;
  • Recognition as the 5th most affordable University in the nation for out-of-state students resulting from the reduction in out-of-state surcharge fees of more than 70 percent.
  • CSU named 45th in the nation for Scholarships, 2016 Best Schools Report by GoodCall

The Bizwomen recognition joins other regional and national awards garnered by Dr. Jackson-Hammond. They include the Dayton Business Journal 2015 and 2016 Power 50 honoree, which recognizes the most influential women in Dayton-OH region; and the prestigious 2016 Female President of the Year award among all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) selected by HBCU Digest.




Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond Testifies Before the Congressional Agriculture Committee


WILBERFORCE, OH. – Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond joined other 1890 Land-Grant University presidents in Washington DC to share the importance of diversifying the agriculture industry and the need for Congressional support.

President Jackson-Hammond spoke at the Committee on Agriculture Hearing entitled “1890 Land-Grant Institutions: Recruitment Challenges and Scholarship Opportunities.” The hearing was on Congressman David Scott’s bipartisan bill H.R. 6020, the Funding for Student Scholarships for the 1890 Land-Grant African-American Colleges and Universities Act. The bill would provide $1M in grant funding to each of the 19 public land-grant universities for scholarships to help African-American students who commit to pursuing careers in agriculture.

“There is a tremendous need to increase the number of young African-Americans seeking careers in agriculture,” said Congressman Scott. “And there is a tremendous crisis in this country given the average age of farmers in the United States is 60 years of age and continues to rise. H.R. 6020 will expand the permitted uses of federal funds awarded to 1890-universities from research, education and extension to also include scholarship grants.’’

Since receiving federal designation as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution (2014), Central State University under President Jackson-Hammond’s administration has developed new STEM-Ag degree programs (several more are on the horizon), extension services and a new Department of Agricultural Sciences to advance the University’s land-grant mission.

Joining President Jackson-Hammond to offer testimony were Dr. Paul Jones, Fort Valley State University and Dr. Juliette Bell, University of Maryland Eastern Shore.




Central State University Awarded $88k to Advance Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Efforts

Central State University was awarded an $88K grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, for a second consecutive year, to support expansion of the University’s sexual assault prevention campaign #NOMEANSKNOW.


The grant supports the continuation of Bystander Intervention Training, which was implemented this Fall with a targeted subset of student groups. Now, student leaders and resident advisors will receive training that details how to effectively report and respond to reports of sexual assaults. In addition, CSU campus police will receive enhanced training on the reporting of assaults and how to track and follow-up /monitor protection, trespassing and no-contact orders.

Program advocates and peer advocates will be hired to work closely with victims to advise them of their rights and resources and to provide support.


Dr. Stephanie Krah, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said, “We are excited to be a recipient of this grant. Although we hope none of our students are ever victims of sexual assault, we are glad to have the additional financial and human resources available to provide the necessary support mechanisms. “

The University’s collaborative approach involves establishing partnerships with Project Woman Rape Crisis Center of Springfield, Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County (FVPC), the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, and the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office Witness Protection Program. To help bring resources closer to students, Project Woman has a campus advocate stationed on campus.



Central State University Ranks Fifth in the Nation for Providing the Most Affordable Tuition for Out-of-State Students

Affordable also recognized the value of a CSU degree in their 2016 ranking of the 25 most affordable bachelor-degree granting Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

In addition, CSU's value earned the University a 45th ranking in the GoodCall 2016 Best Schools for Scholarships Report. The website examined scholarship and fellowship dollars per enrolled students for more than 4,000 public colleges and universities nationwide.

A regionally accredited land-grant institution, Central State University is the most affordable University in Ohio for in-state students. CSU’s academics prepare students to fill internships and jobs that contribute to Ohio and the nation's economic growth.  This acknowledgement by U.S. News and World Report underscores Central State University's efforts to offer out-of-state students a quality collegiate academic experience that is Affordable.


Central State University’s Fall 2016 First-time Student Class Grows by 22 Percent

Central State University’s 2016 incoming class of new first-time students allowed the University to achieve double-digit growth among new students.

New and increased recruitment efforts helped to fuel the growth. This year’s class of 634 first-time students is the largest in the past five years. It represents a 22 percent increase over Fall 2015. 
The University's projections of new students were also exceeded when new transfer and College Credit Plus students were added.

Dr. Stephanie Krah, Central State University's Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said, "Our recruitment efforts increased the University's visibility and once they heard about our academic programs, opportunities for growth and value, their interest increased.”

“These students are coming from 21 states and international countries - the most diverse in recent years. They are serious about their academic pursuits and we will provide all of the necessary support services to ensure their successful matriculation, graduation and job attainment, right here in Ohio," Dr. Krah said.

This Spring, Central State lowered its out-of-state surcharge by 76 percent for new incoming students. As a result, the 2016 new student class reflects a strong out-of-state contingent with the largest number of first-time out-of-state students coming from Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.

As the most affordable University in Ohio, Dr. Krah went on to say, "Central State University's quality academic programs are the best value for students seeking a rigorous rewarding collegiate experience. It is the perfect choice for any student, in-state, out-of-state and international."

The University is projecting a record incoming class for Fall 2017, as more families understand the value and benefits of a Central State University education.