Central State University has named its next president, this time deciding to be led by a male leader.
The black college’s new man Jack Thomas is the biggest announcement that CSU has made since it spoke on the stepping down of the current president Cynthia Jackson-Hammond late last year.
Thomas will take office on July 1.
According to WHIO.com, Jackson-Hammond spoke to attendees, and to Thomas directly, on the occasion about the role he is stepping into, saying, “Will there be challenges? Heck yes,” And, “But guess what? Central State University eats challenges for breakfast. In the coming months, you will learn many things about this great institution. … Today marks the recognition of ‘Go Red Day’. On this day, we pay attention to our health and our heart. How fitting it is that you are being introduced today because you are being charged with taking care of our heart. We are all in great care because the good doctor is here.”
Thomas resigned from his position as president of Western Illinois University after eight years at the school. While he faced unprecedented fiscal challenges during a certain period of time at the college he was able to manage a budget of $224 million.
“I’m honored to have been chosen as the next president of Central State University,” Thomas said. “This institution has such a rich tradition and noble legacy. … We have so many future goals to accomplish, and I know we will have the courage and audacity to do it with excellence.”
Head over to WHIO.com to read more.