SodexoMagic, Central State University’s food service provider, has contributed $1.3 million to the University. The gift will be used for upgrades to the McPherson Memorial Stadium sports complex. The contribution brings the University closer to an estimated funding amount of $2 million for the improvements, which includes a weather-resistant synthetic field and a track surface that will permit year-round collegiate and community activities.

“As a corporate partner with CSU, we’re delighted to make this contribution and support Central State’s efforts in improving their facilities as they continue and serve more students.” “We’re definitely strong believers in CSU’s mission and vision for the future. There’s a special place in our hearts for this University,” said Jeff Ervin, Sodexo district manager.

Central State University also received a $1 million contribution in 2018 from Earvin “Magic” Johnson.  Both Mr. Johnson and SodexoMagic are ardent believers in the mission and vision of the University.

“We’re very thankful for the support from Mr. Johnson and SodexoMagic,” said Jahan Culbreath, CSU’s vice-president of Institutional Advancement. When complete, the improvements to the stadium will spur recruitment efforts and benefit countless CSU students and the community for many years to come. 

Although this gift is their largest single contribution, SodexoMagic has been a strong supporter since 2007, by advancing student learning through meaningful internships and permanent career opportunities for Central State graduates.

Improvements to the stadium join an impressive list of recent University advancements and upgrades: repaved interior roads and sidewalks; security and IT/wi-fi upgrades; opening of the new CSU Xenia location (YMCA) for community extension services; and the Hallie Q. Brown Library renovation.  

The stadium renovations will be completed this fall along with the grand opening of the new Academic/Wellness Center and a 250-bed apartment-style residence hall to accommodate current and projected increases in enrollment.  Other initiatives reflecting the continued growth of the University include: the addition of new degree programs in Exercise Science, Agriculture Education, Sustainable Agriculture, and most recently the introduction of the Masters of Business Administration degree program, and the College of Business Summer Banking Institute, a work-force training program.