CESTA News Releases


For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Lena Fields-Arnold: (937) 376-6677
July 20, 2021

Central State University installs new Dean of the College of Engineering, Science, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA) and Director of 1890 Land Grant Programs

Dr. Michelle Corley of Central State University

Persistence bears the fruit of Academic Excellence says Michelle M. Corley Ph.D.


WILBERFORCE, OH – Central State University (CSU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Corley, Ph.D. as the new Dean of the College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture (CESTA) and Director of 1890 Land Grant Programs at Central State University.


Dr. Corley has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the 1890 Land-Grant System (Teaching, Research, Extension), which includes matriculation of undergraduate and graduate students in the STEM areas of Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences (FANRHS) disciplines on both the global and domestic levels. She has extensive experience in building strategic external partnerships at federal, state, and international levels. Dr. Corley received her Doctor of Philosophy in Avian Molecular Immunology and Virology from Auburn University, Auburn, AL, Master of Science in Ruminant Nutrition and Rumen Microbiology from Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, and her Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Science from Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL.


“I am looking forward to leading the College of Engineering Science, Technology, and Agriculture in strengthening existing endeavors and building capacity to impact our stakeholders,” says Dr. Corley, who firmly believes in Central State University and the institution’s ability to fulfill the 1890 Land Grant tripartite mission of Teaching, Research, and Outreach Education. “I intend to operate with a high level of integrity, pursue excellence, be student centered, and to provide leadership through team building.”


“We are truly ecstatic to have Dr. Corley join us at Central State University and take a leadership role as Dean of CESTA. Having attended and worked her way through the faculty ranks at various land-grant institutions, I am confident that Dr. Corley will increase the intellectual capital and scholastic profile for this college” said, Dr. F. Erik Brooks, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Central State University.


To learn more about Dr. Corley, email dbrown3@centralstate.edu or visit Central State University online at CentralState.edu.


Central State University Scholarship Applications Open Now for Students Majoring in Agriculture and STEM Fields


"This is an excellent time to consider attending Central State University and majoring in the science, technology, engineering, math or agricultural fields. These scholarships will position students, who would not ordinarily be afforded the opportunity to attend college, to not only attend, but graduate debt free. I am excited to be part of a University that is continuing to build on a 134-year history of investing in our student's success."
—Jack Thomas Ph.D., President of Central State University


Thanks to the USDA-NIFA, Central State University, Ohio’s only 1890 Land-Grant Institution, is able to offer scholarships for Ohio students who choose to major in agriculture and related fields at Central State University. Funds for the scholarship came from the $14 million awarded to the nineteen 1890 Land-Grant Universities in the United States as a result of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Scholarships support recruitment and retention, student engagement and mentoring, and training undergraduate students at Central State.


Applications for scholarships are now being accepted. The eligibility and the deadline for 1890 student scholarship has been extended. For this year only the eligibility criteria have been relaxed to include all Citizens and Nationals of the United States—which includes Ohio as well as out of state students who are eligible for this scholarship.


The four-year scholarship awards eligible students up to $60,000 which includes tuition, books, and room and board. High school seniors and college transfer students (including community college graduates) who are Ohio residents are eligible to submit an application for the award. The scholarship award is for the following majors:

Sustainable Agriculture (SAG)

Agricultural Education (AgEd)

Exercise Science (EXS) with a Nutrition minor § Agricultural Extension Education (AgExEd)

Agricultural Business (AgB)

Water Resources Management (WRM)

Environmental Engineering (ENV)


Applicants can also scan the QR code to apply.

Link to application
Applicants can also scan the QR code to apply.




High school applicants must have a cumulative GPA of no less than 2.8 and transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. To learn more or to apply for the 1890 Scholars Scholarship Program email gndao@centralstate.edu or call 937-376-6265.
Other scholarships available for STEM majors at central State University include:


Creating Excellence in Agricultural Workforce (CREW) Scholarship Application. This scholarship supports students majoring in Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Water Resources Management, Agribusiness, or Agricultural Education and provides up to $3,000 per year up to four years. Contact: Dr. Morakinyo Kuti: mkuti@centralstate.edu for more information on the CREW scholarship program.


Choose Ohio First Computer Science Programs of Innovation (COFCPS) Scholarship Application. This scholarship is for in-state freshman students majoring in computer sciences or seeking a cyber-security certificate. CSU current in-state students who are changing their majors to Computer Science or seeking a certificate in cybersecurity are also eligible to apply. It provides up to $10,000 per student per year for up to four years. Contact Dr. Manizheh Nafari: mnafari@centralstate.edu to learn more or to apply for COFCPS.


The Ohio Agribusiness Association Scholarship for continuing Students majoring in Agricultural Education, Sustainable Agriculture, or Agribusiness concentration. Two $1,000 awards are distributed every January. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is September 30 annually. Contact Jon Henry: jhenry@centralstate.edu to apply.


The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Award allows continuing students majoring in Agricultural Education, Sustainable Agriculture, or Agribusiness concentration to receive an additional $1,000 towards their education. Two awards are given each year and distributed in January. The deadline to apply is September 30 annually. Contact Jon Henry: jhenry@centralstate.edu to apply.


Marauder Choose Ohio First Scholarship (M-COF) Program: Incoming or transfer students with a 3.0 grade point average will receive an average scholarship of $3,920 for up to four years. M-COF scholars must major in computer science, mathematics teacher education, biology teacher education, chemistry teacher education, water resources engineering, environmental engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial technology, biology, mathematics, and chemistry. Contact: Dr. Morakinyo Kuti: mkuti@centralstate.edu for more information on the MCOF scholarship program.


Marauder Choose Ohio First Honors Scholarship (M-COF) Program: Incoming or transfer students with a 3.5 grade point average will receive an average scholarship of $8,221 for up to four years. M-COF scholars must major in computer science, mathematics teacher education, biology teacher education, chemistry teacher education, water resources engineering, environmental engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial technology, biology, mathematics, and chemistry. Contact: Dr. Paul Schlag: pschlag@centralstate.edu for more information on the MCOF Honors scholarship program.


To learn more about Central State University visit CentralState.edu.