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.

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.

Mark Hatcher

Mr. Hatcher was recently appointed to Centrral State University's Board of Trustees.  (Photo and biography are forthcoming.)

Larry Macon, Jr.

Mr. Macon was recently appointed to Central State University's Board of Trustees. (Photo and biography are forthcoming.)

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.

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.