Ohio State And Central State Partner To Create Ag Extension Services

Aug 17, 2015

Ohio State President Dr. Michael Drake, Central State President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond and State Sen. Chris Widener discuss the new partnership between the schools that deals with agricultural outreach to urban and rural communities.
Credit Central State University

The presidents of Central State University and The Ohio State University signed a Memorandum Thursday afternoon to create a partnership to provide agricultural extension services to Ohio communities. 

CSU President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, OSU President Dr. Michael Drake joined other politicians and university representatives on the Central State campus to make the partnership official. The schools will work collaboratively to provide agricultural extension services to Ohio’s rural and urban communities.

Hammond called it a historic day for both universities and Drake says the new partnership will allow both schools to expand their extension outreach efforts.

State Senator Chris Widener says CSU has a great approach on how to bring agricultural education and programs to areas that don't usually get exposed to them.

The two universities are Ohio's only schools that have land grant designations. Central State was designated Land grant status last year after first applying for it in 1890. The university is Ohio's oldest public Historic Black College or University. Ohio State has held its designation since 1870.