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Central State University
Established 1887 [1]
Type Public, HBCU [2]
President John W. Garland, Esq. [1]
Students 1,997
Undergraduates 1,955
Postgraduates 25
Location Wilberforce, Ohio,
United States [1]
Campus Rural
Former names Wilberforce State College
Central State College [1]
Sports Volleyball
Track and Field
Colors Maroon and Gold
Nickname Marauders and Lady Marauders
Athletics NCAA

Central State University is a historically black university located in Wilberforce, Ohio. It is Ohio's only public HBCU.



In a sense Central State University's history began when Wilberforce University was privately established in Tawawa Springs, Ohio, in 1856.

In 1887, the Ohio General Assembly enacted legislation to create the Combined Normal and Industrial Department at Wilberforce University to provide teacher training and vocational education. This department operated as part of Wilberforce University, since 1863 owned and operated by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. A separately appointed board of trustees governed the state-financed operations.

The Normal and Industrial Department expanded from a two- to a four-year program in 1941. It was legally split from Wilberforce College in 1947, when it became the College of Education and Industrial Arts at Wilberforce, Ohio. In 1951, it was renamed Central State College. With the expansion of graduate departments, the institution achieved university status in 1965.


Central State University is accredited by the Ohio Department of Education, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and the National Association of Schools of Music. [3]

The cost of all fee's and tuition annually at Central State University is roughly $11,500. The college does have on-campus housing that roughly 1,400 students particpate in at a cost of $4,000 annually.[4]



Central State operates three colleges: the College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Business and Industry[5]


The main campus is located in Wilberforce, Ohio. It is four miles northeast of Xenia, Ohio, 18 miles east of Dayton, Ohio and midway between Cincinnati, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio (about 55 miles from each city). [6] A branch campus (CSU-Dayton) is located in Dayton. [5]

Adjacent to the main campus is an outdoor education area, a natural reserve. Within a hundred yards of the Robeson Center is the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center.

Student housing

The campus housing complex, which houses approximately 1,050 students, consists of six residence halls: Williamson Hall (freshmen male), Hunter Hall (co-ed honors), Green Hall (freshmen male), Anderson Hall (freshmen male), Foundation Hall (co-ed upperclassmen), and Foundation Hall II (freshman female).[7]

Benjamin Banneker Science Hall

Originally constructed in 1950 with an addition completed in 1967, Banneker Hall houses science laboratories and a botanical laboratory and greenhouse.

Beacom/Lewis Gymnasium

Constructed in 1961, Beacom Gymnasium is the home of the Marauders volleyball and basketball teams and provides office space for the Department of Health, Physical education and Recreation. The original Beacom Gymnasium constructed in 1919 was destroyed by fire in 1971. The natatorium was constructed in 1949.

Hallie Q. Brown Library/Clara A. Henderson Hall College of Education

The Library/College of Education building was completed in 1985 and houses the main library, classrooms, and offices for the College of Education. The library portion of the building is named in honor of long-time educator and public speaker Hallie Q. Brown. The College of Education is named for teacher, department chairperson and dean, Dr. Clara A. Henderson.

Camille O. & William H. Cosby Mass Communication Center

The Cosby Center houses the university's telecommunications programs (including radio, television and print journalism) and the campus-based radio station WCSU-FM. It was constructed in 1958 and named the Lucinda Cook Laboratory Demonstration School.

Galloway/Alumni Tower The Galloway Tower/Walter G. Sellers Alumni

The facility houses the offices of the CSU General Alumni Association.The building was named in honor of Dr. William Galloway, a physician who served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Combined Normal and Industrial Department. It was rebuilt following the 1974 tornado that destroyed the original Galloway Hall. Funds to reconstruct the tower were raised by alumni and friends of Central State University. During the university's Centennial celebration in 1987, the Alumni Center was named in honor of Walter G. Sellers Sr., a 1951 CSU graduate.

Jenkins Technology Education Building

Home of the Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, the building is named in honor of Carl C. Jenkins, a superintendent of the Combined Normal and Industrial Department. An earlier building, constructed in 1941, was also named for Jenkins and housed the Physical Education Department, Army ROTC, and Bookstore and Grill. Destroyed in 1974, the original Jenkins Hall housed the audio-visual department, the campus radio station, the bookstore, and office of the CSU Federal Credit Union at the time.

The C.J. McLin International Center for Water Resources Management

Three programs are housed in the facility opened in 1987: Water Resources Management, Geology, and Earth Sciences.

Lackey/Lee Health Center The Lackey/Lee Health Center

Opened in 1978, the center houses administrative offices, examination and treatment rooms, and laboratory facilities. It replaced the former campus health center, also named for Dr. Lackey and earlier known as Tawawa Hospital, which was among the buildings destroyed in 1974. The building is named for Dr. Harry M. Lackey (university physician from 1921 to 1953), Bishop Benjamin F. Lee (president of Wilberforce University from 1876 to 1884), Benjamin F. Lee, Jr. (a faculty member), and Benjamin F. Lee, III (physician who served the campus and the community).

McPherson Memorial Stadium

McPherson Stadium is home to the Marauder track and field teams. Originally constructed in 1949, the structure has been renovated to expand and modernize the locker room, training room, and office spaces. It is named in honor of Combined Normal and Industrial Department graduate William Patrick McPherson who was killed in action in World War II. Originally constructed through the Works Projects Administration, the stadium has been altered over the years.

Lionel H. Newsom Administration Building

The administration building was dedicated in 1978 and named in honor of Dr. Lionel H. Newsom, president of Central State from 1972 to 1985. It was constructed on the remaining portion of the Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library, heavily damaged in the 1974 tornado. The building houses administrative and financial offices, the administrative computer center, and the Office of the Registrar.

Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center

The Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center houses the art and music departments, classrooms, and studios. It was dedicated in 1978 in honor of Paul Robeson. The building includes an 850-seat auditorium and a recital hall. A large sculpture of Robeson sits in front of the center and was commissioned by Camille and William Cosby.

Charles S. Smith College of Business

Smith Hall was completed in 1970 and named in honor of Charles S. Smith, founder of the College of Business Administration. It houses the College of Business Administration's classrooms and laboratories and an academic computer center.

Norman E. Ward Sr. University Center

The building houses a bookstore, grill, and commuter lounge, and office spaces for the Admissions Department, Financial Aid Department, Career Services Department, Student Government Association, Housing Department, and the Dean of Students. It is named for 1950 graduate, Norman Ward Sr, an outstanding athlete, teacher, coach, and administrator.

Charles H. Wesley Hall

Wesley Hall houses the College of Arts and Sciences' administrative offices, classrooms and offices. It is named in honor of Central State University's first president, Charles H. Wesley (1941 to 1967).

Center for Education and Natural Sciences

Houses the School of Education and Natural Sciences department of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Student activities

Student organizations

There are approximately 30 student organizations operating on campus. These student organizations are classified under six categories: Academic, Business, Special Interest, Religions, Honorary and Greek letter organizations. The Office of the University Center and Student Development in conjunction with the SGA's Inter organization Committee monitors the recognized student organizations activities.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) serves as a liaison between the students and the administration, sharing decision making responsibility with the faculty and staff on matters that affect campus life. The SGA also oversees many student activities, represents the student body, and serves as an advisory body.

Greek Letter organizations

Central State is home to all nine of the historically Black Greek letter organizations. Organizations are governed by the CSU National Pan-Hellenic Council and overseen by the Director of the University Center and Student Development.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (1906)

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (1911)

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (1911)

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (1914)

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. (1963)

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (1908)

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (1913)

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (1920)

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (1922)


National championships [8]
1960 NCAA Small College Men's Cross Country
1961 NCAA Small College Men's Cross Country
1965 NAIA Men's Basketball
1968 NAIA Men's Basketball
1990 NAIA Division I Football
1991 NAIA Women's Outdoor Track & Field
1992 NAIA Women's Outdoor Track & Field
1992 NAIA Division I Football
1993 NAIA Men's Indoor Track & Field
1993 NAIA Women's Indoor Track & Field
1993 NAIA Men's Outdoor Track & Field
1993 NAIA Women's Outdoor Track & Field
1994 NAIA Men's Indoor Track & Field
1994 NAIA Women's Outdoor Track & Field
1995 NAIA Division I Football
1996 NAIA Women's Indoor Track & Field
1997 NAIA Women's Outdoor Track & Field

Central State participates on the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in eleven different sports.[8] Their athletic teams are called the Marauders. CSU's main athletic rival is Kentucky State University.[citation needed]

Marching band

The university's marching band, nicknamed the Invincible Marching Marauders, was featured prominently in the 2006 film Dave Chappelle's Block Party and performed at the Honda Battle of the Bands.[5]

University Chorus

The Central State University Chorus has twice been nominated for a Grammy.[5]

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference
Hastings Kamuzu Banda Former President of Malawi
Tobias Q. Brown Phd Noted Professor; Published Author; CEO of TaiQuen Educational Group
Wayne A. Cauthen First African-American appointed as City Manager of Kansas City, MO
Clay Dixon Former City Commissioner and Mayor of Dayton,Ohio
Hugh Douglas Former New York Jet & Philadelphia Eagle Defensive Lineman
Juante M. Hall Professional Producer/Musician
James T. Henry, Sr. First Black Mayor and City Commissioner of Xenia, Ohio
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth actress (The Apprentice, Surreal Life)
Kedar Massenberg Record label executive and producer
Eddie Milner Former Professional Baseball Player
Rob Murphy current basketball assistant coach at Syracuse University
Leontyne Price Opera Singer
John Roseboro Former Professional Baseball Player
Teddy Seymour First African-American to sail around the world solo
John W. Shannon 1955 United States Under Secretary of the Army, 1989-1993
Jason Thomas 9/11 Hero, Keynote Speaker, Extreme Makeover:Home Edition, WTC Movie
Erik Williams Former Dallas Cowboy Offensive Lineman
Nancy Wilson Jazz Singer

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