Welcome From the Director

Welcome to Central State University's Dayton location.  Since 1887, Central State has been committed to providing education that changes lives.  With a rich history and a strong alumni base, Central is proud of its heritage.

In the early 1970's Central reaffirmed its commitment to serve the greater Dayton region through our Central State University-Dayton  location.   Our commitment has always been to help students in the Dayton region change their futures and achieve their dreams.  And in 2007, to affirm our commitment as a partner in revitalizing the Urban Core of Dayton, we secured a permanent residence and moved into the James A. Elam Hall (the former Reynolds and Reynolds training center).

Since then, the Central State University-Dayton location has worked to offer affordable quality 4 year-college opportunities from our near Westside location.  Today, Central is poised and committed to being a community change agent by collaborating with local and regional government, non-profits, business, industry, education institutions, and residents to create relevant and quality educational programs and services.

As I begin my tenure as the Director of this location near the heart of the Gem City, I am optimistic and excited about the opportunity to continue this legacy of service and change.  I encourage each of you to stop by and visit our location.  Consider us as your choice to begin your educational journey, transfer to complete your degree, or to host your next event or small conference.  We are here to serve and support. Change is Central!


Dr. Michael L. Gaines
Director, Central State University-Dayton

840 Germantown Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402




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