Charter Day Convocation


Charter Day celebrates the 1887 establishment of the Combined Normal and Industrial Department at Wilberforce University, which later became Central State University.


The University will celebrate 133 years of Academic Excellence on March 3, 2020, at 10 a.m., in the auditorium of the Paul Robeson Cultural & Performing Arts Center. Victor D’wayne Little, '85 will deliver the keynote address. All are invited to attend this event.


Keynote Speaker Victor D'wayne Little '85

Keynote Speaker

Victor D’wayne Little, '85

Victor D’wayne Little is a 1985 graduate of Central State University and is currently a working actor in Los Angeles, California. His recent appearance in the HBO movie Native Son, based on a book by Richard Wright, highlights the dreams and aspirations he held as a student at CSU. [Read more]

 

2020 Alumni Achievement Hall of Fame Honorees


Gladys Gunn

Gladys Gunn ’59

Gladys Gunn is especially proud of two grants that she wrote and were funded. The most notable of these was the one to train welfare recipients to assume entry-level positions at the Montgomery County Department of Human Services. Trainees in the program passed the state tests with high scores and were employed by the Montgomery County Department of Human Services. [Read more]

 


David Smith

David R. Smith, Esq. ’69

David R. Smith is a 1969 graduate of Central State University (CSU) receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was active in many student activities and served as the president of the Student Government for the 1967-68 academic year and became a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. [Read more]

 


Charlla D. Allen

Honoree

Dr. Charlla D. Allen ’78

Dr. Charlla D. Allen, '78, recently earned tenure at Central State after four years of service as Associate Professor of Social Work and as leader of the successful Social Work accreditation process, which resulted in accreditation of our Social Work program for the first time. [Read more]

 


Marya Rutherford Long

Marya Rutherford-Long ’78

Marya Rutherford Long is a servant leader and trusted community advisor. She serves as the Vice President and Community & Economic Development Manager for the Dayton and Toledo Regions at Fifth Third Bank. She is a member of the senior leadership team for each of these markets and manages their Community & Economic Development programs to ensure each region’s compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act while cultivating community partnerships and executing community development strategies. [Read more]

 


Bryan Scottie Irving

Bryan “Scottie” Irving ’91

Bryan Scottie Irving was born in Washington, D.C., in 1964. As a youngster living in a major city during the time of the Civil Rights Movement, the riots that occurred after the assassination of Dr. King was a seminal moment for him. The memory of how his community was impacted has helped to shape his sense of urgency regarding one’s ability to support your own people right where you are. [Read more]

 


Eric High

Dr. Eric D. High, M.D., ’91

Eric Donovan High was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 31, 1969, to James and Catherine High. He has one younger brother, Derrick, who is also a graduate of Central State University. After attending one of the top public high schools in the country, Central High School in Philadelphia, PA, and graduating in the top 5 percent of his high school class, Dr. High decided to attend Central State University (CSU). [Read more]

 



Central State University Charter Day

Hall of Fame

2019
Reginald Elwood Howard Butts ’53 (p)
Dr. Robert L. Bowles, Jr. ‘61
Gary A. Dowell ‘74
Gillis L. Bowden ‘77
Peter C. Gibbs ‘86
Natalia S. Harris ‘97


2018
Gonzalo J. Rodriguez, Sr. ’52 (p)
David A. Lister ’62 (p)
William H. Wiley ’63
Brad M. Beasley ’73
Deborah Perkins ’73
Marcella A. Sampson ’74
Lisa M. Peterson ’87


2017
Harold L. Flowers ’59
Dr. James E. Gordon, ’73
Alvin R. Scott, Sr. (p) ’69
Dr. Thomas E. Simpson, ’65
Dr. Hazel Symonette ’68
Timothy L. Tramble, Sr. ’93


2016
Shendorah Fisher, ’00 & ’03
Derrick Lee Foward ’90
James N. Joyner ’62
Rev. Dr. William Carver Lennard ’63
Dennis J. McNeal, ’66
Rosie A. Turner ’81


2015
Marsha J. Bayless ’73
Richard R. Boykin ’90
John Benjamin Brown ’62
Edwin R. Clay ’69
Sandi Lynn ’68
Dr. Delors Edgar Magee, Jr. ’59
Willie A. Terrell, Jr. ’73
Ethel M. Washington ’69
Roland Winburn ’71


2014
Caleb Brown, Jr. ’70
Terri Cope-Walton ’96
Tyrone E. Dickerson ’65
Dr. David “Fred” McBagonluri ’96
Jeffery J. Mims, Jr. ’73
Dr. Dennis W. Weatherby ’82
Dennis L. Wells ’75


2013
Darryl T. Owens ’59
Kenneth S. Hudson ’61
Mildred C. Joyner ’71
Shirley L. Mays ’76


2012
Charles E. Delane ’60
Curtis Owens ’62


2011
Barbara Saunders ’60
Enrique Riggs ’68
Leon W. Tucker ’72


2010
Yvette Coursey ’63
W. Marvin Dulaney ’72
Joseph H. Hill ’62
Charles Whitehead ’61

2009
Nancy Travis Bolden ’48
The Honorable Nolan B. Dawkins ’69
Fred J. Grigsby, Jr. ’69
Betty Kennedy Shepherd ’71


2008
Doris Nicholson ’51
Felton Page ’69
Samuel Williams ’49 (p)


2007
Joyce Beatty ’72
Edward T. Dixon ’54
Carolyn Farrow-Garland ’70


2006
Richard Clay Dixon ’63
Omarosa O. Manigault ’96
Michael L. Nelson, Sr. ’72
Frances “Kay” Welch ’52


2005
Dolores R. Alston ’55
William J. Waterman ’52 (p)


2004
Gary Allen ’67
John W. Garland ’71
Kwame James C. McDonald ’54


2003
Robert L. Hylton ’54
Louis G. Long ’68


2002
Mildred Jones Henderson ’67
Harry G. Johns ’47
Edith Olivia Washington Johnson ’59 (p)
Thomas E. Kelley, Sr. ’42


2001
Curtis Symonds ’78
Alfonso Wilson ’48


2000
Ronald Eugene Cosey ’71
James A. Elam ’54
Janette Hoston Harris ’62
Donis Eugene Toller, Sr. ’60

1999
Dixie J. Allen ’78
Albert L. Harrington ’58
John T. Jackson ’69
Anthony “Tony” Williams ’54
Joey D. Williams ’88


1998
Gordon L. Berry ’55
Bernida L. Thompson ’68


1997
Otha N. Brown, Jr. ’52
Bryant Crawford, Jr. ’50 (p)
M. Delmar Edwards ’48
Richard H. Shepherd, Jr. ’71
Audrey L. Norman-Turner ’68
Gloria Taylor Towers ’54

1996
E. Eugene Brown ’72
Theresa A. Check ’74
Alex B. DarJean ’75


1995
MacArthur DeShazer, Sr. ’71
Earl H. Duval, Jr. ’69
Clifford E. Gates, Sr. ’48
Lawrence B. Mixon, Sr. ’71
William Ross, Jr. ’48 (p)
James H. Sangster ’59
Lawrence J. Turner ’56


1994
Calvin E. Davis ’50
Jacqueline G. Davis ’77
Jane Frazier Dixon ’57
James Curtis Joyner ’71
Aaron Lowery ’58
Blanche I. Mayo ’76


1993
Michael O. Ajisafe ’64
David G. Carter ’65
Thomas J. Craft, Sr. ’48
George C. Dumas ’59
Terrence L. Glass ’68
Judy L. Greene McGill ’72
Charles H. Harrell ’69
Maurice L. Reed ’50
James C. Renick ’70


1992
Fillmore Freeman ’57
Dwight L. Johnson ’66
Sylvester G. Lee ’57 (p)
Theodore D. Toles ’73
Elliott A. Treadwell ’69
Carolyn Watts-Allen ’69


1991
Donald K. Anthony ’56
William A. Dupree ’56
James E. Farmer ’67
Deborah K. Brown Gaines ’68
Joseph E. Johnson ’57
Melvin A. Johnson, Jr. ’50
Fredric H. Leigh ’63
Betty K. Pinkney ’56
Chester C. Pryor, II ’51
Joshua I. Smith ’63
James A. Wright ’60


1990
Vernon N. Ford ’70
Raymond V. Haysbert, Sr. ’47
Bettye Torrey Oldham ’56


1989
Carneice Brown-White ’50
H. Douglas Covington ’57
Jay Crosby ’50
Jerry Cummings ’63
Dennis Dowdell, Jr. ’67
Delbert L. Flowers ’56
Ronald L. Garnett ’67
Lathardus Goggins ’54
Ronald E. Goldsberry ’64
Charles A. Green ’61
Edward D. Irons ’48
William L. Mallory ’55
June M. Moorehead Marable ’48
Charles Moody, Jr. ’54
Walter G. Sellers, Sr. ’51
Fred Sheffey ’50
Bernice Sumlin ’48
O’Neil D. Swanson ’53
Arthur E. Thomas ’62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(p) Inducted Posthumously