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 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. 

Della M. Green - Secretary

Della Green of Kettering is retired from the Cleveland City School District where she served as Director of the Division of Certified Personnel. During her years of service, she received many awards and honors.  She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Master's degree in Education, and from Fisk University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Education.

Ms. Green is active locally, serving on the boards of the Dayton Boys and Girls Club, St. Joseph Childrens Treatment Center, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Chapter of The American Red Cross, and Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

Donna B. Evans, Ph.D. (In Memoriam)

Donna B. Evans, retired Dean and Professor Emeritus of The Ohio State University College of Education, is an accomplished academic leader who has led successful initiatives to improve education and to influence educational policy and practice.  She earned three degrees from Ohio State’s College of Education; a B.S. in Elementary Education; a M.A. degree in Counselor Education; and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education, Human Growth and Development, and Educational Administration.

Dr. Evans did post-graduate work at the University of Rochester and post-doctoral work at the Institute for Reality Therapy (now the William Glasser Institute) and Harvard University.  Before coming to Ohio State in July, 2000, she was Dean of the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University in Virginia.  Previously, she was Dean at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and Wayne State University in Detroit.

Ray Miller, Jr.

Ray Miller 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, Esq.

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.

Douglas E. Lumpkin

DOUGLAS E. LUMPKIN is currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer for Ohio Secretary of State John Husted.  He is responsible for Human Resources, Information Technology and Special Projects; and has held this position since March of 2010.  Formerly, he served as director of the Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services, director of the Franklin County Dept. of Job and Family Services, and Chief Operating and Information Officer for the Ohio Auditor of State.  Prior to this, he served for 20 years for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as chief of Administration and later director of Administration.

Lumpkin has served on several committees including the Information Technology Recruitment Committee, Inter-Governmental Technology Conference Committee, Supreme Court Committee to Study Court Costs and Criminal Justice Information Systems Steering Committee. In addition, he has served on the boards of the Ohio Financing Commission; Ohio Public Facilities Commission; Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation Executive Committee, Maryhaven facility in Columbus for people with addictive illnesses; Academic Acceleration Academy, a Columbus public charter school designed to help disadvantaged students who need an alternative to the traditional school environment; and E-COT-Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Ohio’s first online charter school.

Lumpkin has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

Alfred Harper III, Student Trustee

Mr. Harper is a junior at Central State University from Cleveland, Ohio.  He is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems with a 3.16 GPA.  Mr. Harper is involved in various organizations such as the Student African American Brotherhood, J'ADORE Fashions and Student Support Services; and is in his second year as a Resident Advisor.  While attending Central State, Mr. Harper has been on the Dean's List for the College of Business.

Mr. Harper has completed an internship through INROADS with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, in which he worked in the IT-Communications Department training employees in Windows XP and Windows 7.  He also had the privilege of attending the 12th Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute.

Austin Moses, Student Trustee

Mr. Moses is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and International Business.  He expects to graduate in May, 2015, and has a GPA of 3.98.  In recognition of his excellent academic achievements, he received scholarships from the Presidential Scholars Foundation and Thurgood Marshall College Fund; and served as Central State’s Class Scholar for his freshman and sophomore years.