Historically Black Central State University in Ohio Names a New President

Cynthia Jackson-Hammond was named the eighth president of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. When she takes office on July 1, she will be the first woman president in the 125-year history of the historically Black educational institution.

Dr. Jackson-Hammond is the former provost and vice president of academic affairs at Coppin State University in Baltimore. Previously, she was dean of the School of Education and Human Performance at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina and dean of the College of Education and Human Performance at Delaware State University. For the past year she has served as the lead consultant for higher education for H&H Educational Consultants.

“We are very excited about our selection,” said Gary Dowdell, chair of the Central State University board of trustees. “Dr. Hammond has a demonstrated leadership background and comes to Central State University at a time when we are poised to make great strides in building for the future.”

Dr. Jackson-Hammond is a graduate of Grambling State University. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a doctorate in education from Grambling.

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  1. Congratulations, Dr. Jackson-Hammond and Central State University (CSU)!

    Dr. Jackson-Hammond, I very well remember your valuable contributions to Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) and its students during your tenure as Dean of the School of Education and Human Performance there.

    Best wishes in your work to “make great strides in building [CSU] for the future”!

  2. Outstanding!! My very best wishes to you. Your nurturing spirit will serve that institution well. The legacy you left at WSSU still lives. RMT forever. The need is as great today as it ever was.

  3. Greeting JBHE,

    Thank you for sharing this announcement about the new President of Central State University. I extend my congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond for being selected as the eighth president of Central State University.

    Wishing you all the best in your efforts and that of the Faculty and Staff to continue moving CSU forward.

    Best regards,

  4. As a distinguished alumni of CSU, I welcome you to Maurauder land. We are a proud bunch and will support your efforts to ensure the future of CSU! LOOKING FORWRD TO GETTING TO KNOW YOU!!

    Charles A. Green PhD

  5. Congratulations! Such a magnificent accomplishment for such a magnificent person. I am so happy for you. I wish you infinite success with this new venture.

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