Central State University

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.

WILBERFORCE, Ohio (AP) — Central State University has covered up Bill Cosby's name on a campus sign in front of a building named for him.

A spokesperson for the college tells the Dayton Daily News that the school has covered up Cosby's name on a sign in front of the Camille O. and William H Cosby Mass Communications Center.

The university said last week it was considering changing the name of the building. A final decision could be made this fall.

 

Student Retention Rates Challenging Ohio's HBCUs

Jun 3, 2015

For the more than 100 historically black colleges and universities nationwide, boosting graduation rates can be an uphill climb. The schools commonly referred to as "HBCUs" enroll many low-income, minority students who may not be academically prepared for college.

At a discussion at The City Club of Cleveland Tuesday, a handful of HBCU leaders talked about both challenges and opportunities facing HBCUs, including the link between graduation rates and the schools’ bottom line.

Central State University, Ohio's only public, historically black college, has been placed on fiscal watch by the Ohio Board of Regents because of financial problems. 

Senate Bill 6, a law passed in 1997, empowered the Regents to audit the fiscal health of Ohio's colleges and universities. Central State has scored badly in the audit for the last two years.

Wayne Baker

A state task force formed by Gov. John Kasich in December to help make the relationship between police and the communities they serve better, held its second meeting last night at Central State University.  The governor assembled the 24-person committee by Executive Order after several police-involved shootings around the country and in Ohio.

More than a dozen people testified before the committee on a range of issues, including racial profiling, police involved shootings and better training for law enforcement personnel.

Jerry Kenney

The Republican National Committee Chairman visited Central State University in Wilberforce Wednesday. Reince Priebus was there to mark the opening of the first Chapter of College Republicans on the historically black campus. 

Priebus told reporters at the event that the GOP has come up short when it comes to reaching younger and minority voters.

The Hip Hop Caucus Act on Climate Campus Tour will stop at Central State University on Wednesday. The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on black communities.

Ten years ago, rap music stars Sean "P Diddy" Combs, Russell Simmons and Jay Z put together the Hip Hop Caucus to help young people become more engaged in the political process. The Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. now leads the organization.

Yearwood says the Caucus is looking to lift up voices in support of political action on climate change.

Central State is one of two historically black universities in Greene County.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Central State University in Greene County has announced it’s getting a $1 million gift from an alum, entrepreneur and media figure Josh Smith. On the same day the gift was announced, at least 17 people were laid off from the school.

The university has been in negotiations with labor unions for a while about the need to make cuts, and Central State spokeswoman Gayle Barge says seventeen people got letters on Tuesday—secretaries, facilities workers and mail people, many of them members of the AFSCME union.  

The version of the Farm Bill passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday includes a long-sought land-grant designation for Central State University in southwest Ohio.  The status would provide new opportunities for the school.

Land-grants allow colleges or universities to apply for special federal funding in a number of areas of study - in Central State’s case, agriculture.   

Two local communities have been recognized for their work to preserve local landmarks. The Ohio Historical Society has honored Jamestown and Wilberforce for their efforts to rehab and preserve two local landmarks.

Sixteen honorees from 14 communities throughout the state were recognized recently in two categories for their achievement in historic preservation.

A Preservation Merit Award was given to the Jamestown Area Historical Society, the Greene County Commissioners and the Silvercreek Township Trustees for their work  in rehabbing the Jamestown Opera House.

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