Central State University, the historically Black university in Wilberforce, Ohio, has been designated a land grant university by the U.S. Congress. It joins Ohio State University as the only two land grant institutions in Ohio.
The designation of land grant status will be beneficial to the university in many ways. The university will now have access to a share of federal funds earmarked for land grant universities. The designation will help foster partnerships and research with other land grant institutions. The designation will also provide new grant opportunities in area such as agricultural, science, military science and engineering, all disciplines that are part of the mission of land grant institutions.
“There are a few dates in history that define Central State University; this will now be one of them,” said Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond.