Board of Trustees
Gary A. Dowdell - Chair
Gary Dowdell has a Bachelor of Science degree from Central State University, and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Chicago. Mr. Dowdell worked for a number a years for Procter & Gamble and retired in 2011. He served as a Loaned Executive for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio; and on the boards of the Immanuel Luthern Church, Cincinnati Minority and Female Business Incubator, Walnut Hills/Evanston Medical Center, Playhouse in the Park, and Children's Hospital.
Linda D. Dukes-Campbell - Vice Chair
Linda Dukes-Campbell received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Central State University in 1975, and completed the first year of her Master’s degree in Journalism from Ohio University in 1976. She has nearly 20 years of broadcasting experience, having worked as a reporter, News and Public Affairs Director, and Assistant to the General Manager of WEWS TV-5 in Cleveland, Ohio. At WEWS, she brought to the station “A World of Difference,” and 18-month prejudice reduction campaign; and conceived and co-produced the national Emmy Award winning special “Color Blind.”
Ms. Dukes-Campbell was employed with the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland for 22 years where she served as Chief of the Office of Community and Media Relations. At NASA Glenn Research Center, she was the Honor Award recipient for the Exceptional Service Medal in 1996 and 2008.
I. Ray Miller, Jr.
Ray Miller, Jr. is an entrepreneur, political strategist, and an engaged community leader. He is currently the President for the Center for Urban Progress, Ray Miller Enterprises, and publisher for The Columbus African American News Journal .
For 24 years Miller served as a member of the Ohio General Assembly. First he served as a State Representative in the Ohio House, and then for eight years as a State Senator where he was elected by his colleagues as the Minority Whip and Minority Leader.
A graduate of Columbus East High school, Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the The Ohio State University.
Kenneth C. Lumpkin
Kenneth C. Lumpkin, Esq. is a practicing attorney, and a community and economic development specialist with over 25 years of experience in municipal finance, development law and public policy. Presently, he is the managing partner of Lumpkin McCrary, LLP, a multi-jurisdictional law firm with more than 50 years of combined national experience in public and municipal finance, community and economic development finance and lobbying.
In 1995, Mr. Lumpkin opened the Fannie Mae Northern Ohio Partnership Office as its Director and, in conjunction with lenders and governmental partners, he designed, developed, managed, implemented and completed a 10-year, $8.5 Billion comprehensive economic development investment strategy to provide affordable mortgage financing to over 100,000 families in northern Ohio. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, he served as City Councilman for the City of Cleveland, Ohio.
Mark Hatcher is an attorney and partner with the Columbus law firm Baker & Hostetler, LLP. He specializes in corporate and commercial law transactions, healthcare tansactions, and regulatory compliance.
He was named as one of Ohio's Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" and recognized in Who's Who in Black Columbus where he received the renowned Emerging Leaders Award. He serves on numerous boards including the Next Generation Development Corporation, Ohio Minoirty Supplier Development Council, King Arts Complex, Ohio Physicians Health Program and Isabelle Ridgway Care Center.
Mr. Hatcher earned a J.D. from Capital University Law School, cum laude, where he was business editor for Capital University Law Review and a member of the Order of the Curia. He earned an LL.M. in Business and Taxation from Capital University Law School, and a Masters in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University. He earned his B.A. from The Ohio State University.
Larry L. Macon, Jr.
Larry Macon, Jr. is an inspirational speaker, pastor, teacher, and author. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he has held positions in Congress and state government, and has been deeply involved in a host of philanthropic efforts ranging from organ & tissue donation to organizing Haitian relief.
Recently, Mr. Macon was selected for Kaleidoscope Magazine's "40 Under 40," a feature of 40 African Americans, ages 40 and under, who are making significant contributions within the United States and within their respective organizations.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida; Jurist Doctorate degree from Florida A&M University, College of Law; and Master's in Theological Studies from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Mr. Macon is currently the co-pastor of Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood Village, one of the largest churches in the Greater Cleveland area with a membership of over 5,000.
Austin Harris, Student Trustee
Mr. Harris is a junior majoring in Computer Science from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is active in many organizations on the yard. Mr. Harris currently holds the office of president of Central State Univesity's Republican Club , is a lead tour guide for Elite Campus Tours, and serves as a student ambassador. In addition, he is an active member of the university's Student Government Association.
Lucius Knowles-Campbell, Student Trustee
Mr. Knowles-Campbell is pursuing a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in pre-law. He expects to graduate in May, 2017 and has a GPA of 3.26. Mr. Knowles-Campbell is active on campus participating in the Student Government Association, Pre-Law Society, Debate Team, and History Club.