Central State President Cynthia Jackson Hammond and Wright State President David R. Hopkins shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding that will foster new collaboration between their schools.

Wilberforce – Central State University prepares to inaugurate President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, Thursday, March 7, 2013. Jackson-Hammond is the eighth president of the university and the first woman to hold the position.

Located in Wilberforce, Ohio, the university will host a weeklong of events starting March 4-7 dedicated toward the inauguration of Jackson-Hammond on the main campus of Central State.

Cyril Ibe, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, said “CSU’s first female president has, so-far demonstrated that she is all for change. She’s determined to take the university to various directions of administrative and educational change.”

Since taking the office on July 1, 2012, Jackson-Hammond has embraced the university’s motto “Change is Central.”

The president recently entered into an agreement with Wright State University in Dayton that would allow Central State students to get a head start on earning a master’s degree, showing the new direction of the university.

“In the six-plus months since President Jackson-Hammond’s arrival, change across campus is evident,” Planning Committee Co-Chairs Wendy Hayes and Keith Perkins said in a press release. “One by one, students are embracing the tenets and the essence of the CSU Man and Woman.”

By Jackson-Hammond’s leadership, students now value tenets Service, Protocol and Civility as a source for guidance. She also introduced a plan to reduce the time to degree and provide a quality collegiate/academic experience for every student among other initiatives.

“Charter Day is a milestone for Central State. Calling attention to Charter Day is important and significant,” Ibe said on the importance of the event. “Students, faculty, and staff pause to reflect CSU’s long history.”

Founded in 1887, Central State University is the only predominately African American public institution of higher education in the state of Ohio.

Activities for the event can be reached here.


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