FROM THE PRESIDENT
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Central State University has experienced an AMAZING year of innovations, facilities expansion, increased community partnerships, and phenomenal enrollment trends! Although it has been a fast-moving academic year, it has been a year of reflection and also one of “reimagining.”
Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond
In 2016, the University’s Strategic Plan was initiated as a vibrant and dynamic guide that provided Six Compelling Priorities that would steer the University through 2020. Every major initiative that the University has undertaken since that establishment of the Strategic Plan has been focused on the implementation of those Priorities. Tis academic year, 2018-19, has witnessed an enormous amount of activities, successes, and outcomes that strengthen our resolve to be the best that Central State University can be!
“Everyone has a story.”
AS PRESIDENT OF CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY, LIFE-LONG EDUCATOR DR CYNTHIA JACKSON-HAMMOND IS MAKING GREAT STRIDES
IN PROVIDING HIGH-QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS FROM ALL ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS.
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entral State University (CSU) is built on three pillars: service, protocol and civility. “These tenets shape the culture of our proud institution and they apply not only to students, but to faculty, alumni, administration and
Of course, the major stars of Central State University are the students! Tey are vibrant, polite, courteous, inquisitive, challenging, motivated, eager, engaged, thoughtful, scholarly, and simply AMAZING! Every day, we are privileged to help them on their journey to a self-fulfilled life! Just recently, at the 2019 Academic Honors Day, we celebrated the recognition of 483 Scholars. Tis number represents more than 25% of our student population. Tis recognition is shared by the faculty and staff who are so very committed to our students.
staff as well,” explains CSU President Dr Cynthia Jackson-Hammond. “Service means how we use our experiences and education to better our communities; protocol means understanding and following the rules and regulations of life; and civility means showing respect, integrity and a strong character in every interaction.” Beginning her career in education as a high school English and Communications teacher in her home state of Louisiana, Cynthia says she never dreamed she would one day become president of the 2,100-student university in Wilberforce, Ohio. “I always had a plan for my career and this
We have broadened students’ collegiate experiences by providing opportunities for global learning. As you will read in this report, the University has a large cohort of international students who have integrated into the CSU community. Teir culture of scholarship and involvement have blended with other students, and both groups have become more appreciative of each other’s experiences. Tere has also been an increased number of students participating in study abroad opportunities...re
cently traveling to China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Guyana, and India.
role just happened to insert itself into that,” she recalls. “I love talking with the students and listening to their stories – because everyone has
“Quality leadership is the same regardless of race and gender.”
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Central State University’s footprint has expanded to Xenia, Ohio. Te University and Xenia are inextricably linked by proximity, the historic 1974 tornado, Xenia citizens who study and work at Central State, and by the myriad of collaborations that have fostered strong relationships. In 2018, we opened a satellite Admissions office and Extension office at the Xenia YMCA. Our space is more than 6,000 square feet offering academic and community services to Greene and surrounding counties. We hope that when you are in the area you visit CSU-Xenia.
Looking forward is what we do at Central State University. For us, challenges are synonymous with opportunities. Opportunities are always ahead of us and Central State University will continue to thrive!
president of CSU. She is the first female to be appointed to the role in the institution’s rich 131-year history. Under her leadership, CSU has developed its Six Compelling Priorities that guide the university: provide a quality academic/ collegiate experience for all students; focus on targeted student enrollment; improve retention rates; reduce time to degree completion; develop graduates with the knowledge, skills and dispositions for advanced studies and professional careers; and increase efficient and effective institutional operations.
one. Each day, CSU students are adding new chapters to their life story and it’s our job as educators to facilitate the creation of those chapters. That’s the most important part of my job.” In July 2012, Cynthia became the eighth
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