Central State University

Central State is one of two historically black universities in Greene County.
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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.

Beating The Odds

Aug 15, 2013

In the Chicago public schools, and urban school districts across the nation, if you’re a black male the odds are against your going on to college. If you do, there’s a good chance you won’t complete your degree. The college graduation rate for African American males who graduate from Chicago Public Schools is a little more than 20 percent.  WYSO Community Voices Producer Amy Harper takes a look at the forces affecting the life of one young man who is trying to beat the odds.  

Jerry Kenney

Following President Obama’s designation of five new national monuments last week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has been on a five state tour of those sights. Yesterday’s stop - The Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Wilberforce, Ohio.   

Central State Undergrads will now be able to take master’s-level courses at Wright State University, and use those credits towards their degrees.

In a signing ceremony this morning, scheduled for 9 o’clock, officials from both universities outlined details of the agreement designed to give students an opportunity to jump-start their master’s degree at Wright State while they finish their bachelor’s at Central State.

Wilberforce University school officials met with students today to address their concerns about the school's alleged mismanagement.

More than three hundred of Wilberforce University's 510 students held a protest on Wednesday and threatened to withdraw from the university and transfer to Central State.

Students say the school is spending down its endowment while also letting the living conditions in the dorms decay.

After nearly four years as athletic director at Central State University, NFL Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, Sr. is now out of a job.

Central State University President Dr. John W. Garland announced on Tuesday the appointment of Jahan Culbreath as interim athletic director to take over for Winslow.

Culbreath has more than 20 years of experience in athletic coaching and administration, and is a 1992 graduate of Central State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication.

The Central State University Board of Trustees on Thursday appointed Dr. Cynthia Jackson Hammond as the eighth president of the university. 

Central State University in Southwestern Ohio is marking its 125th Anniversary as it looks for a new president.

The historically black school in Wilberforce plans to celebrate the anniversary with a ceremonial gathering Tuesday.  The Dayton Daily News reports the school of more than 2,500 students is the only predominately black institution in Ohio.

It's looking for new leadership because alumnus and school President John Garland plans to retire in June.  He has led the school since 1997.