Morakinyo A.O. Kuti, Ph.D., named 10th President of Central State University

Posted Feb 09 2024
Morakinyo A.O. Kuti, Ph.D., speaks at a podium during a ceremony announcing him as the 10th president of central state university in wilberforce ohio as other leaders look on in excitement

Nationwide search led to University’s own vice president for Research and Economic Development and director of Land-Grant Programs

10th Central State University President Dr. Morakinyo AO Kuti
Morakinyo A.O. Kuti, Ph.D., the 10th President of Central State University

Morakinyo A.O. Kuti, Ph.D., was named the 10th President of Central State University during a ceremony on Feb. 9, 2024, at the University Student Center.

Kuti's appointment as the 10th President of Central State University marks a new era of research and innovation for the institution. With his extensive experience and track record of success, Kuti is well-equipped to lead the University in fulfilling its mission of providing quality education and opportunities to underrepresented students.

As an 1890 Land-Grant Institution, Central State has a unique responsibility to educate and empower students in the agricultural and food science disciplines. Kuti's dedication to this mission is evident in his efforts to secure funding for the University, which has been used to enhance the physical infrastructure and support faculty research. Additionally, his programs have provided scholarships and experiential learning opportunities, ensuring that students have the resources and support they need to succeed.

Under Kuti's leadership, Central State has achieved significant growth in external awards and has climbed the ranks in the National Science Foundation survey. This recognition is a testament to Kuti's ability to foster a culture of research and innovation within the university. By securing funding and promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, Kuti has created an environment where faculty and students can thrive.

Kuti's commitment to supporting underrepresented students in STEM fields is commendable. Through his programs, hundreds of students have been able to pursue their dreams and enter the workforce or pursue graduate studies. By providing mentorship, resources, and opportunities, Kuti has empowered these students to overcome barriers and achieve their full potential.

With his educational background in finance and public policy, Kuti brings a unique perspective to his role as the President of Central State University. His expertise in these areas will be invaluable in guiding the University's strategic plan and ensuring its long-term success.

Dr. Alex Johnson, the interim President of Central State University, has expressed confidence in Kuti's ability to lead the Institution. With his proven track record and dedication to the University's mission, Kuti is poised to make a lasting impact on Central State and continue its legacy of excellence.

As the 10th President of Central State University, Kuti is ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. With a focus on research, innovation, and student success, he is committed to taking the University to new heights and ensuring that it remains a beacon of excellence in Ohio and beyond.