Scheduled Events

February 27, March 1, and March 4, 2022

Sunday, February 27 | Interfaith Day

10:30 a.m., Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 3375 W Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, OH 45406
President Dr. Jack Thomas, keynote speaker

Tuesday, March 1 | 135th Charter Day Convocation

10 a.m., Paul Robeson Cultural & Performing Arts Center 
’71 Reception and Plaque Reveal

Friday, March 4 | The Investiture | Corporate Day Ball

10 a.m., Investiture – Paul Robeson Cultural & Performing Arts Center

Noon, Black and Gold Luncheon, University Student Center, Multipurpose Room

3-7 p.m., Corporate Day Ball, University Student Center, Ballroom | Black Tie Optional

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Charter Day – Inauguration Hotel Information

DEADLINE EXTENDED until February 11
Marriott @ University of Dayton
; 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409; Rate $136 plus tax

Airport Information

Cincinnati | Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) | 71 miles

Columbus | John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) | 65 miles

Dayton | Dayton International Airport (DAY) | 20 miles


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Office of the President

photo of Central State University President Dr. Jack Thomas

Dr. Jack Thomas took office as the ninth president of Central State University on July 1, 2020, bringing decades of successful academic leadership.

Dr. Thomas comes to Central State after nearly a decade as president of Western Illinois University, a state-run university, where he successfully managed a budget of nearly $224 million during a period of unprecedented state fiscal challenges.

In addition to serving as president, he has also held an assortment of senior leadership and academic positions at Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and South Carolina State and Johnson C. Smith universities.

A native of Lowndes County, Alabama, Dr. Thomas holds a Ph.D., in English (Literature and Criticism) from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of English Education from Virginia State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Alabama A & M University. He is a noted scholar and lecturer, as well as a highly sought-after keynote speaker presenting his research and inspirational messages locally, nationally, and internationally.

Click the image for more on the Inauguration of Dr. Jack Thomas.

    President's Staff

    Charles Shahid
    Chief of Staff and Chief Government Relations Officer
    937-376-6332  |  937-376-6081


    Vonetta Whitacre
    Executive Administrative Assistant to the President

    Debbie Aikens

    Administrative Coordinator / Executive Residence

    Chris Widener
    Board Professional and Senior Policy Consultant

    Direct Report

    Karen Franklin
    Interim Director, Title III

    Presidential Priorities

    On Feb. 7, 2020, President-Elect, Dr. Jack Thomas laid out an ambitious agenda for his tenure as the 9th president at Central State University. The signature objectives of his presidency will be to: 

    1.  Continue to meet and enhance the 1890 Land-Grant mission
    2.  Increase enrollment (globally and in diversity)
    3.  Improve retention and graduation rates
    4.  Develop a marketing and rebranding campaign
    5.  Launch a multimillion-dollar capital campaign 
    6.  Develop an Honors College to recruit high-achieving students
    7.  Increase degree offerings, offer graduate studies, and provide flexibility in course delivery
    8.  Build a new learning and living environment
    9.  Update the University strategic and master plans

    Presidential Papers

    The Power of Water at CSU

    Innovation is in our DNA

    The Opening Plan for Central State University

    Dr. Thomas in the News

    The Education Magazine
    April 2021
    The 10 Most Visionary Education Leaders Of 2021 / Dr. Jack Thomas: A Leader Creating Meaningful and Transformative Opportunities

    CodeM Magazine

    Central State University President Jack Thomas was recently featured as one of four HBCU Executives to celebrate Black History Month with CodeM Magazine


    President Jack Thomas' interview on MSNBC
    November 15, 2020

    CSU president leading fundraising efforts by example
    Dayton Daily News
    November 4, 2020

    CSU and Apple Partnership
    Dayton 24/7 Now
    August 12, 2020

    Central State using Land-Grant funds for Wright-Patt partnerships
    Dayton 24/7 Now
    August 12, 2020

    Central State University announces phased reopening, 50% reduction in class sizes
    Dayton Business Journal
    August 7, 2020

    Central State Introduces 9th President
    Cincinnati Public Radio
    July 1, 2020

    Blue-Ribbon Task Force announced by CSU President-Elect

    Dayton 24/7 Now
    June 25, 2020

    Incoming Central State President Jack Thomas: ‘I Stand In Solidarity’
    June 10, 2020

    Dr. Jack Thomas Tapped to Lead Central State University
    Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    Feb. 9, 2020

    Blue Ribbon Task Force

    Blue Ribbon Task Force Established  |  June 24, 2020

    100 Day Accomplishments

                                                                                                                Click the header for the full report.


    photo of Central State University President Elect Dr. Jack Thomas links to High-Resolution image

    Central State University Welcomes President Dr. Jack Thomas

    Dr. Jack Thomas joined Central State University as president on July 1, 2020, bringing a long track record of success in several academic settings.

    Dr. Thomas brings visibility and insights from experience in every aspect of academia. Roles he has held have included president, interim president, provost and academic vice president, executive vice president, executive assistant to the president, dean, department chair, and English professor.

    Dr. Thomas was a Senior Fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Previously, Dr. Thomas served as president of Western Illinois University (WIU), a state-run university where he served for nearly a decade. As president, he successfully managed a budget of nearly $224 million during a period of unprecedented state fiscal challenges.

    At WIU, Dr. Thomas was responsible for a number of accomplishments, including increasing diversity, creating new academic programs, managing fiscal and cash flow issues brought on by the state’s financial crisis, investing in STEM and other academic programs, increasing funding for student scholarships, and establishing a presidential institute to foster and improve corporate, community and K-12 relations. Under Dr. Thomas’ leadership, the Institution constructed a new campus in Moline, Illinois, and achieved its multimillion-dollar capital campaign goal. WIU has been rated as a "Best in the Midwest College" by the Princeton Review and as a top tier Midwest Universities Master's institution by U.S. News and World Report.

    Prior to WIU, Dr. Thomas spent more than 20 years serving in various capacities in several institutions of higher education. From 2004 until 2008, he served as senior vice provost for Academic Affairs and interim dean at Middle Tennessee State University. There, Dr. Thomas improved diversity, assisted with the design of new academic programs, coordinated the implementation of a new key assessment instrument, enhanced academic reviews, and mentoring.

    From 1990 until 2004, Dr. Thomas served in several roles at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, including interim president, executive vice president, and associate vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. During his tenure, he enhanced fundraising, implemented new academic programs, and drove increased enrollment.

    Earlier in his career, Dr. Thomas served as an English instructor at South Carolina State University and Johnson C. Smith University.

    Dr. Thomas is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in higher education administration.

    Dr. Thomas' influence on the academic community extends to his service on several distinguished boards including the Marguerite Casey Foundation Board of Directors; the Illinois Board of Higher Education; the Stillman College Board of Trustees; the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Board; the American Council on Education Council of Fellows; the NCAA Presidential Forum; the Illinois Campus Compact Board; the Heart of Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross Board; and the Rutherford County YMCA Board.

    Nationally, Dr. Thomas graduated from the Harvard Leadership Program, served as an American Council on Education Fellow, was a Kellogg-NAFEO Fellow, participated in the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, and participated in Leadership Middle Tennessee. He has also served as the chair of the NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program (AASP) Selection Committee. He served as the chairperson of the (AASCU) Christa McAuliffe Award Presidential Selection, and as a committee member of the Middle States Visitation Team.

    A native of Lowndes County, Alabama, Dr. Thomas holds a Ph.D. in English (Literature and Criticism) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of English Education from Virginia State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Alabama A & M University. He is a noted scholar and lecturer, as well as a highly sought-after keynote speaker presenting his research and inspirational messages locally, nationally, and internationally.

    Dr. Thomas is a published researcher, and the focus of his research has been on black males in literature. Additionally, Dr. Thomas is the author of numerous publications and professional presentations including his most recent publication titled, Within These Gates: Academic Work, Academic Leadership, University Life, and the Presidency.  Dr. Thomas has been a committed advocate for diversity and inclusion. He has been recognized by Minority Access, Inc. and others for his work helping to provide meaningful and transformative opportunities for minorities through mentorship and access at various universities. Dr. Thomas has done further graduate work in theological studies at Liberty University and is an ordained Baptist Minister. Dr. Thomas' current body of work includes research on public institutions that have had to make transformative programmatic and human capital decisions due to decreased federal and state financial support and declining enrollment. The working title of Dr. Thomas’ latest book is "From the Segregated South to the Presidency."


    "I hired Dr. Thomas as a provost and vice president of academic affairs at Western Illinois University, where he brought outstanding programs such as nursing and engineering."

    "As president, Dr. Thomas saw Western through its most difficult budgetary and enrollment times with almost no support from the state of Illinois. He kept the university strong and functioning even in the midst of these very difficult times."

    "Dr. Jack Thomas is a leader who is not afraid to face challenges head on and has demonstrated grace under pressure in challenging times. I congratulate Central State University for recognizing the talent and leadership that Dr. Thomas can provide to lead their University.

    Central State University is the recipient of one of the most respected and intelligent higher education leaders in the nation. Dr. Thomas' commitment and compassion to student success is second to none. I am excited for the Central State University community. With Dr. Thomas at the helm, the sky is the limit. From the bottom of my heart, congratulations to all!"

    "Central State University is very fortunate to have attracted one of the most admired thought leaders in American Higher Education to become its next president. Over the past three decades, Dr. Thomas has demonstrated both his strong leadership skills and his commitment to supporting students. The board has made a wise decision, and the students will be the beneficiaries."


    Congressman Mike Turner meeting with Dr. Thomas

    Central State Apple Story

    Maroon and Gold Fridays

    Central State University President Donates $50,000 from His Salary to Create New Scholarship Fund

    President's Leadership

    Dr. F. Eric Brooks
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
       O: 937-376-6431

    Dr. D'Angelo S. Taylor
    Vice President for Student Affairs
       O: 937-376-6387

    Curtis Pettis
    Vice President of Administration and Finance & CFO
       O: 937-376-6201

    Showkat Choudhury
    Chief Information Officer, Information Technology
       O: 937-376-6425

    Laura Wilson, Esq.
    General Counsel
       O: 937-376-6629

    Charles Shahid
    Chief of Staff
       O: 937-376-6081

    Chris Widener
    Senior Policy Consultant             
       O: 937-376-6380


    Live Board of Trustees meeting link

    Public Teams Registration Link:


    News Conference Address

    Dr. Jack Thomas, President Central State University Friday, February 7, 2020

    Good morning. I’m honored to have been chosen as the 9th President of Central State University. I especially want to thank Chairman Mark Hatcher, other members of the Board of Trustees and the search committee. This has been a long yet rewarding process, and I thank you for selecting me as your next President.

    When I decided to leave my last position, I thought long and hard about where I could have the most impact in the next stage of my career. My professional life has taken me to a number of fine institutions – each with its own unique place in our educational system. As I learned about Central State University, I felt that this was a very special institution and one where I could contribute the most to its future success.

    I want to thank President Cynthia Hammond for her leadership here at Central State University. Her transformational work has positioned the University as a competitive and progressive university. President Hammond has without a doubt left a lasting impression on the CSU community that will never be forgotten. I would like to thank Governor Mike DeWine for his wonderful phone call welcoming me to the great State of Ohio and to Central State University.

    I embrace the mission, the legacy and the rich traditions of this University. I am a product of two 1890 Land Grant Universities, and I have held positions at two 1890 Land Grant Universities. My connection and experience with such institutions have uniquely positioned me to truly understand and appreciate the work that lies ahead. I am impressed by the rich legacy of Central State. In 1958, then President Charles H. Wesley of CSU hosted Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as the commencement speaker, where he encouraged students to embrace the new era ahead. Dr. King’s mentor and one of my heroes Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, a Baptist minister and former President of Morehouse College once said, “Whatever you do, strive to do it so well that no man living and no man dead and no man yet to be born could do it any better.”

    Like many of the current students, I too was a first-generation college student. I grew up on a farm in Calhoun, a small community in Lowndes County, Alabama. My parents were not able to get a formal education because they had to work in the fields and lived through the tumultuous battles of civil rights.  I can remember my mother saying “Son, I want you to finish high school and go to college. Someone has to do something a little different from what your father and I have done.” Through my mother’s encouragement, I began to excel in my studies.  My father taught me the importance of a strong work ethic. My mother has since passed away, but my father still lives on the family farm. I salute my parents today.

    I want to take this opportunity to thank my wife, Dr. Linda Thomas, for always standing with me and believing in me and for always serving as my number one supporter. I also want to thank our two sons, Patrick and Darius, who could not be with us today.

    As a university, we must be winners in all that we do. We must win in the region. We must win in the state. We must win nationally and internationally. We must think big, dream big and achieve our goals as a university. If our dreams don’t scare us, then they are not big enough! According to the secret of successful mountain climbing, if you aim at nothing, you will hit nothing. If your goals are vague, your achievements will be vague also. However, if your goals are specific, then you will harvest specific results. Therefore, it is imperative that you aim high and your goals are very specific. We certainly will aim high. We will be specific, and we will achieve our goals.

    During my tenure here as President of Central State University, we will set goals and create strategies to achieve them by working with all constituencies, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, legislators, stakeholders, friends of the University, and many others. As Jim Collins says in his book “From Good To Great,” this is a very good university. We will do what is necessary to make Central State University a great university. As Ohio's only 1890 Land Grant institution, Central State University is becoming an institution of distinction locally, nationally and around the world. We will begin and complete a new strategic plan by building upon the historic foundation that has already been laid for our University. Shared governance is the cornerstone of a healthy and successful institution. I believe in collaborative efforts designed to engage all stakeholders by keeping them informed and involved. I often say that everybody deserves to be treated with civility and mutual respect.

    1. We will enhance and maintain compliance for our 1890 Land Grant mission through academic programing, cooperative extension, grants, research and federal and state funding.

    2. We will grow our enrollment by meeting prospective students where they are, exploiting the most modern and culturally effective forms of communication. We will continue by organizing and reinforcing existing administrative processes and exhausting every effort to provide excellent service to our various stakeholders. We will focus on being a student-centered university where every decision is made with the students’ best interest at heart. With the national decrease in enrollment and subsequent negative impact on student financial aid, we must embrace a new approach to recruiting with a focus on diversity. We will find creative and engaging ways to showcase the talents, unique skills and academic excellence of our academy.

    3. With a combination of useful and productive technologies, we will greatly improve our retention and graduation rates by taking the time to implement innovative techniques like a robust early alert system to truly understand where our students are falling short before it's too late.

    4. We will develop an aggressive marketing and rebranding campaign that comprehensively defines our audience and establishes dominance and brand authority in our market.

    5. We will begin the groundwork for a multimillion-dollar comprehensive fundraising campaign and strengthen our donor relations by opening meaningful and prosperous dialogue around the impact of their generosity. The comprehensive fundraising campaign will support scholarships, faculty development, academic programs instructional equipment and facilities.

    6. We will develop a bona fide Honors College that will be placed at the forefront of the University. We will recruit some of the best and brightest students that will help to enhance the overall academic profile of the University, focusing recruitment efforts on students with high ACT/SAT and grade point averages.

    7. We will transform our academy through increasing degree offerings, carving a niche in academic programs and identifying signature academic offerings. We will establish flexible course offerings including, online, weekend and hybrid courses. Ultimately, it is our goal to propose a school of graduate studies with prospectus for masters and doctoral degrees.

    8. Our efforts to enhance retention will include strengthening the culture of our incoming and current students by building a new learning and living environment that includes new residents’ halls and renovations to existing ones.

    9. We will review the University’s campus master plan to determine those facilities that we should forge ahead in seeking funding and establishing a timeline for construction, particularly those that are centered around our 1890 Land Grant mission with a focus on agriculture.

    Thank you for taking the time to join me in such a significant day in my life as the Board announces that I will serve as the next president of Central State University. I'm excited about this opportunity, and I look forward to meeting and working with you throughout my tenure here. Thank you.

    FOR GOD!
    FOR STATE!!!

    Presidential Search

    Official University Announcements

    Central State University Announces Discussion Dates with the Presidential Search Firm and University Stakeholders

    Official University Announcements

    The Central State University Board of Trustees has announced the names of those included on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.

    "We believe these individuals represent a distinct cross section of stakeholders of Central State University, both on campus, throughout the region, and the State of Ohio. We look forward to their input as we seek to identify the next leader of this great institution," said CSU Board of Trustees Vice-Chair, Larry Macon, Chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. The CSU Presidential Search Advisory Board Search Committee also includes CSU Trustees Christopher Wyche, and Yonathan Kebede.

    The Presidential Search Advisory Committee members are:

    Official University Announcements

    For all inquiries, please email

    President's Letter to Staff

    “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”

    As I begin my eighth year as president of Central State University, I wonder where has the time gone! When you have the best job of your life, it seems as if time speeds like fast shooting stars in the galaxy. Over the course of the last seven years, Central State has experienced transformation of its identity, space and trajectory. That transformation was the result of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alums, Ohio legislature and the CSU community coming together to work toward excellence and sustainability for decades to come.

    I am humbled to be a part of this University and be a witness to our academic successes of achieving five new program accreditations; extended Higher Learning Commission reaffirmation; recruitment of stronger academically prepared students; and a dynamic Strategic Plan that consistently guides our day to day operations.

    Other noted recognitions include the establishment of trademarked tenets (Service, Protocol and Civility®) that distinctively identify our essence; design and implementation of smart classrooms without walls; infusion of new innovative technologies; recognition as a research laboratory for emerging commodities; increase in comprehensive safety campus protocols; construction of a new residence hall with a Wellness Complex; new state of the art Library, new University Student Center; coveted Land Grant status, complete renovation of Emery Hall; over three million dollars in annual scholarship allocations; new community partnerships; major increase in donorships; and a new site location-CSU Xenia. This year, we will embark on a major initiative of on-line course delivery that will identify Central State University as national academic providers of distance learning.

    In the last five years, Central State University has acquired ownership of 11 properties on Brush Row Road and Hwy. 42 that surround the main campus. The acquisition of these properties ensures that CSU will always have control of these residential and commercial spaces and that the use of the spaces will be in the best interest of the University.

    Additionally, through a partnership agreement with Sodexo Catering, CSU will have a modern grocery store that will provide convenient shopping for faculty, staff, students and the community. Within the year, we will also begin the upgrade and redesign of the track and football field; and the Botanical Garden will add aesthetic beauty to the campus entrance and serve as a demonstration site for students.

    Thanks to the generosity of one of our major donors, Central State will also be able to redesign the old power plant into an academic success and career center.

    This has been an amazing journey!
    These achievements are the results of each of you, administration, faculty and staff, alums, students, state legislators and external partners being committed to the growth and success of Central State University! Thank you for your commitment, energy, forward thinking and always looking to be better each day! It is with this wonderment of Central State University that it is time for me to say “adieux”. I have notified the Board of Trustees that 2019-2020 will serve as my culminating year as president. It has been a true blessing to work with a Board that honors my wishes to complete my tenure this year. Dr. James Hammond and I will enjoy some quality time with our wonderful grandchildren and continue to be supportive of the GREAT CSU!

    It is my sincere hope that Central State University will always envision a future that represents innovation, inclusiveness, respect and appreciation for different points of views and experiences; and an embracement of all people regardless of race, culture, or ethnicity. I hope that we always view diversity in our students, faculty and staff as strengths and assets; that we seek to be enlightened as citizens with world views. Central State University may reside in a small, picturesque community but our vision and intent must be inclusive and global. We must affirm to ourselves and others that we are an academy of “big ideas” and that our graduates will make” big changes” in the world!

    During this 2019-20 academic year, I will continue to seek opportunities for the University and support the development of on-line technologies and innovations; and ensure that the promise of our great University is forefront in the minds of our state legislature and new partners. Advocacy for Central State University is in my DNA!

    On behalf of Dr. James Hammond and my family, I extend sincere appreciation for allowing us to be a part of Central State University’s rich legacy and exciting future!



    Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, Ed. D.

    President's Letter to Students

    My Dear MARAUDERS,

    The greatest and most rewarding aspect of university leadership is the opportunity to work with students. Every year of my tenure, my heart swells will pride and joy because I see new faces, new hope and new inspiration!

    You are an inspiration because you energize me and Central State University to be better. More than anything, I hope that you have the best academic, college experience that we can offer. Continue to be excited about learning and engage in meaningful and thoughtful initiatives. Look for opportunities to be better tomorrow than you are today. Think about your families and communities and know that they are counting on you to be positive change agents! Be receptive, reflective and respectful of diverse experiences, cultures and values.

    Each of you has the power to be empowered for GOOD! Understand the tenets of Service, Protocol and Civility. Your educational experience will lay the foundation for you to be of service to your community; be guided by life’s protocols of correctness; and be the beacon of civility in an often uncivil world. You are the HOPE for us all and I know that you will meet the challenge with leadership, dignity and integrity.

    This year 2019-20 will end my tenure as your president. It has been the greatest highlight of my professional journey. During this year, I will work tirelessly to support you and every opportunity available to get you through AND to the finish line – Graduation! Let the finish line be your motivation.

    Thank you Sons and Daughters of Central State University – You have my heart!



    Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, Ed. D.

    Chair of the Board of Trustees Letter

    Central State University Community,

    We have important information to communicate regarding the leadership at Central State University.

    After eight years of inspired, intentional and transformational leadership focused on the tenets of Service, Protocol and Civility, Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond announced yesterday that the 2019-20 academic year will be her last year as president of Central State University. This transition was planned in connection with Dr. Jackson-Hammond’s contract extension that was entered into in 2018. Consequently, the Board of Trustees has launched the search for the next president of this fine institution.

    President Jackson-Hammond’s tenure has undoubtedly marked a period of growth and prosperity for our University and we are all eternally grateful for the course on which we have been set because of her leadership and vision. Dr. Jackson-Hammond started her tenure as president with a goal of making Central State a beacon of academic excellence and a citadel for growth opportunities for our students to thrive in a campus environment where they are immersed in scholarship, increased research opportunities and the arts in preparation for future success. To that end, the Central State University Board of Trustees declares to our beloved “Madam President,” mission accomplished! Over the remainder of this academic year we will have designated opportunities for the campus, greater community and the State of Ohio to celebrate the accomplishments of our 8th President of Central State University.

    As we continue to evolve from a teaching institution to a teaching and research institution in connection with our status as an 1890 Land Grant Institution, the Board of Trustees embarks on this pivotal moment in the institution’s proud and distinguished history with the goal of hiring a president for Central State University who will move us forward on our mission to academically prepare students with diverse backgrounds and educational needs for leadership and service in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world.

    The Board of Trustees is appointing a Presidential Search Advisory Committee to work with our search consultants, Academic Search, Inc. and the Board in conducting this national search. The 12-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee will be broadly representative and includes representation from the student body, faculty, administration, alumni, members of the community as well as members of the Board of Trustees. The Presidential Search Advisory Committee will be chaired by Trustee Vice Chair Rev. Larry Macon, Jr. Information on the membership of Presidential Advisory Committee will be finalized next week. The Board anticipates the selection of the final candidate in the first quarter of 2020 so as to allow transitional planning prior to the next academic year at Central State.

    We specifically want to make all the campus community, alumni, and external constituencies aware that on September 16 and 17, 2019 the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, in conjunction with Academic Search, Inc., will conduct a number of “Listening Sessions” on campus. Faculty, staff, students, community representatives and alumni will be invited to participate in scheduled conversation. This will be an opportunity to express your views as to the skills, experience, character and focus that our new leader should possess. This is not your only opportunity to provide input into the process as a dedicated email address, has been established for your use. For more information regarding this process, please visit the “Presidential Search” page on our website

    As we embark on this very important journey, we look forward to engaging you in a meaningful way to ensure Central State continues to prosper as we select a new leader for our institution.



    Mark Hatcher, Esq, Chair
    Central State University
    Board of Trustees

    Central State Stands In Solidarity

    Statement from Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mark Hatcher

    Statement from President-Elect Dr. Jack Thomas



    Central State University President Donates $50,000 from His Salary to Create New Scholarship Fund

    Central State University’s new President, Dr. Jack Thomas, has donated $50,000 of his salary toward the creation of a new Presidential Scholarship Fund, he announced today.
    In a video released by the University, Dr. Thomas stated that he was motivated to make the gift to show solidarity with University employees financially affected by COVID-19.
    “Though it was difficult for the University to institute furloughs and wage reductions, these were prudent decisions to ensure that Central State remains on sound financial footing,” he said. “I would not ask others to endure sacrifices that I’m not willing to endure myself. So today I am donating $50,000 from my salary to create a Presidential Scholarship Fund for our students.”
    Dr. Thomas said his commitment is just the beginning of the Presidential Scholarship fund and for Central State.
    “I will immediately seek a $50,000 matching gift, and continue to leverage that cumulative $100,000 investment to bring other contributors to this fund so that Central State University’s greatest resource – our students – are given every advantage to get the quality Marauder education that only Central State University can provide,” he said.
    The launch of the Presidential Scholarship Fund is yet another signature move at the outset of his 15-day presidency.
    Nearly a month ago, he penned an Op-Ed supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and called on community leaders to work with him to make sure the nation is safe for everyone. A week before becoming president, he appointed a Blue-Ribbon Task Force of higher education experts to help guide his strategic thinking. And over the past weekend, he championed a social media fundraising effort that garnered $15,000 in funds raised for the University.
    Dr. Thomas took office as the University’s ninth president on July 1.  He has communicated his nine strategic goals, of which University fundraising is one.


    Government Relations

    Charles Shahid
    Government Relations Officer

    General Counsel

    Laura L. Wilson
    , Esq.
    General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
    (937) 376-6013
    Fax (937) 376-6254

    Allison D. Michael,
    Legal Compliance Officer
    (937) 376-6019
    Fax (937) 376-6254

    Elizabeth A. Nash
    Special Assistant to General Counsel/Secretary to the Board
    (937) 376-6629
    Fax (937) 376-6254



    Office location:

    Central State University
    Newsom Administration Building, Room 208A
    1400 Brush Row Road
    Wilberforce, Ohio 45384


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    Office of General Counsel
    PO Box 1004
    Wilberforce, Ohio 45384

    Parent Portal

    Resources to Assist with College Expenses

    When paying for college, there are various funding options available to families which include federal aid and scholarships.  The application process for aid is time-sensitive. In some cases, aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve bases due to limited availability. Adherence to due dates and accuracy of required information will increase the likelihood for award consideration.



    Each year beginning October 1st students and parents can begin completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Completing this application is required in order to be considered for various federal grants and loans. It is critical that students complete their FAFSA early so they may be considered for the maximum financial aid award possible. Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve bases due to limited availability. Below are details regarding each of the federal aid programs your student could be eligible to receive:




    Central State University offers scholarships in the categories of merit, leadership, and talent.



    Students are made aware via their MyCSU emails, residential hall meetings, advisor meetings, flyers, etc. regarding various opportunities for scholarships.

    Dear Marauder Parent

    Welcome to Central State University!  It is our pleasure to serve you and your son/daughter through their college experience.  In four years, you will share another level of excitement as you participate in your child’s graduation activities. Central State University (CSU) is committed to providing the best collegiate academic experience possible.


    This Parent Portal is designed to provide you much of the information that is shared with students but, we think it is important for parents and guardians to have access to this important information as well.

    Key information regarding how you can support your child’s experience is listed below:



    Financial documents submitted for applications are time sensitive; that means that the earlier you comply with requested dates, the better the opportunities are that will be available.  Thousands of students apply for financial aid support, and the earlier you apply, the faster we can respond to your application. Early attention to this matter will enhance your student’s ability to obtain preferential housing, work-study (if applicable), state financial assistance and in some cases non-competitive financial support. It is to your advantage to complete all Enrollment Clearance processes PRIOR to your arrival on campus.


    Thank you for allowing CSU to be a part of this transformative experience!

    Payment of College Bills

    It is the responsibility of the student/family to be current with all financial obligations associated with college attendance. All students are required to have 100% of the current term’s bill completed by one or more combinations of the following:

    If using a payment plan, ALL debt must be paid by the last day of the enrolled semester. Default in monthly payments or failure to have all debts paid may result in


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Insurance is a mandatory fee which is charged to all students registered for 12 credit hours or more. If you have accepted /approved medical insurance the fee can be waived.


    The insurance is waived by . Once you provide your insurance information, the provider will determine whether or not you qualify for the waiver.

    There is a deadline for waiving the insurance. If the deadline is missed, the fee will have to be paid.


    Payment(s) can be made or mailed to the Office of Cash Management. Payment(s) can also be made online with a credit card Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or eCheck.


    No. There is an ATM located in the University Student Center.


    Financial Aid is applied directly to the student’s account to pay tuition, required fees, room and board (meals). Any over-payment is refunded to the student. Work Study cannot be used to guarantee payment. Parent Plus loans can be used if they have been approved.


    You can attempt to take out a private loan with a financial institution or use the University’s approved payment plan or pay the difference through one of the other listed forms of payment.


    Yes, we accept scholarships from all sources. They can be used to pay the bill or reduce the balance due. The Financial aid office should be given a copy of all award/ scholarship letters.



    Once your bill is paid in full from any source and the payment results in an over-payment, then you are due a refund.


    There are three methods of receiving a refund: Check, PNC pay card or direct deposit.


    You qualify for book advance if you will have a credit after the mandatory charges have been accounted for.


    Enrollment Clearance is completion of enrollment into the University. This is achieved by paying/covering the amount due on your student account.

    All students who register for classes must complete their enrollment into the University by receiving Enrollment Clearance.


    WHAT DOES ‘Administrative Withdrawal’ MEAN?
    Administrative withdrawal means that your classes have been removed from the system because they were not Enrollment Cleared (not paid). If classes are administratively withdrawal you need to register again and contact the Office of Cash Management if you are on the payment plan or pay the amount due.

    Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)


    The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, generally known, as FERPA is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s educational records. Under the protection of FERPA, the University is NOT permitted to disclose information regarding your child’s educational record with anyone including parents, guardians and family members.

    The provision on non-disclosure can be waived if the student signs authorization granting the University permission to disclose to parents or whomever they desire, information regarding educational records and or other related matters.  The authorization form is available during student orientation sessions or can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.


    FERPA Frequently Asked Questions


    1. What is FERPA?


    2. Who does FERPA aim to protect?


    3. If I am a parent of a college student, do I have the right to see my child’s education records, especially if I pay the bill?


    4. Can a postsecondary institution disclose financial records of an eligible student with the student’s parents?


    5. What if my child is a minor and he or she is taking classes at a local college while still in high school – do I have rights?


    6. May a postsecondary institution disclose to a parent, without the student’s consent, information regarding a student’s violation of the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance?


    7. If my student is involved in an incident impacting the health and safety of them or others, is the university permitted to contact me?


    8. What is considered directory information?


    9. What happens if a student requests that his/her directory information not be released?


    10. How would a student provide written consent for someone to access their records?


    11. Who are "University officials"?


    12. Do University employees have to obtain the student's permission before reviewing a student's educational record?


    13. What constitutes "legitimate educational interest"?