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|Wilberforce State College|
Central State College
|Type||Public land-grant HBCU|
|President||Dr. Jack Thomas|
|Colors||Maroon and Gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II — SIAC|
|Nickname||Marauders and Lady Marauders|
Established by the state legislature in 1887 as a two-year program for teacher and industrial training, it was originally located with Wilberforce University, a four-year institution devoted to classical academic education. In 1941 the college gained a four-year curriculum, independent status in 1947, and was renamed as Central State College in 1951. With further development, it gained university status in 1965. In 2014, Central State University received designation as a land-grant university.
Central State University started in 1887 as a two-year normal and industrial department funded by the state. It was first located at Wilberforce University, a historically black college in southern Ohio that was owned and operated by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1941, its curriculum was expanded to a four-year program emphasizing teacher education. In 1947, it was separated from the university, and in 1951 renamed as Central State College. In 1965, with further development, it achieved university status.
Wilberforce University had been founded in 1855 jointly by the Cincinnati Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in collaboration with the AME Church; they had a biracial group of trustees to manage it, including founders Bishop Daniel A. Payne and Salmon Chase, then governor of Ohio. By 1860 the college, based on a classical education, had 200 students, mostly the mixed-race children of wealthy Southern planters. With the advance of the Civil War, most of the southerners were pulled out of the school, and it was forced to close in 1862. The Methodist Church felt it could not support it financially given the demands of the war.
In 1887, the Ohio General Assembly enacted legislation to create the Combined Normal and Industrial Department at Wilberforce, to provide training for primary teachers in a model common in the United States, and vocational education. This department operated as part of Wilberforce University, but a separately appointed board of trustees governed the state-financed operations. This arrangement allowed state legislators to sponsor scholarship students at the university and brought other forms of useful state financial aid to the school. The administration struggled to maintain its initial emphasis on classical education as well, and allowed students to take classes in both sections.
In 1941 the Normal and Industrial Department expanded from a two-year to a four-year program. In 1947, it was legally split from Wilberforce University and was renamed as the College of Education and Industrial Arts at Wilberforce, Ohio. In 1951, it was renamed Central State College. With further development, in 1965 the institution achieved university status.
In 1974, half the campus was destroyed in a severe tornado. The university struggled to rebuild, but has since re-established itself and achieved recognition by the State of Ohio (three Centers of Excellence), with new academic degree programs in Agriculture, Sustainable Ag and Exercise Science, and national recognition as the 2017 HBCU of the Year and for its Summer Banking Institute (HBCU Digest). Central State University is and has always been open to all students of every ethnicity, background, religion, etc and continues to attract students from across the country and internationally.
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, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and the National Association of Schools of Music.
In 2011, the annual cost of all fees and tuition at Central State University was about $11,500. The college has on-campus housing for about 1,700 students, at $4,000 annually.
Central State operates four colleges: the College of Engineering, Science, Technology and Agriculture, College of Education, College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences, and College of Business 
The main campus is located in Wilberforce, 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Xenia, 18 miles (29 km) east of Dayton and midway between Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio (about 55 miles (89 km) from each city). A branch campus (CSU-Dayton) is located in Dayton.
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, operated by the Ohio Historical Society.
- Student housing
The campus housing complex, which houses approximately 1,700 students, consists of eight residence halls: Hunter Hall (co-ed), Williamson Hall (co-ed), Green Hall (upperclassmen male), Anderson Hall (upperclassmen male), Fox Hall (co-ed honors), Harry-Johns Hall (co-ed honors), Foundation Hall (freshmen females), Foundation Hall II (co-ed upperclassmen) and most recently added Fall 2019, the Marauder Pride Community, an apartment style complex (co-ed upperclassmen), which also houses a 10,000 sq.ft. Wellness Center.
- Benjamin Banneker Science Hall and the University Student Center
Banneker Hall was originally constructed in 1950 with an addition completed in 1967, Banneker Hall housed science laboratories and a botanical laboratory and greenhouse. The building was demolished in Fall 2010 to make way for the University Student Center, a 85,000 sq.ft. complex housing a 500 seat cafeteria, 2-ballrooms, bookstore, computer lab, administrative offices and recreational spaces opened, which opened in the fall of 2015.
- 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 1966.
- 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. In 2019, the library was updated with new technology and remodeled to support various forms of collaborative study.
- CSU Mass Communication Center
CSU Mass Communication Center, formerly 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 football and 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.
- 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 the singer, actor, activist and winner of the Stalin Peace Prize, Paul Robeson. The building includes an 850-seat auditorium and a recital hall. A large sculpture of Robeson in front of the center 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, commuter lounge, and office spaces for the Admissions Department, Financial Aid Department, Career Services Department, Student Government Association 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 1965).
- Joshua I. Smith Center for Education and Natural Sciences
Houses the School of Education and Natural Sciences department of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2016 it was named after alum Joshua I. Smith'63, a retired executive from Caterpillar Inc., who continues to support the University through the College of Business and the university radio station, WCSU.
|1960||NCAA Small College Men's Cross Country|
|1961.3.7||NCAA Small College Men's Cross Country|
|1965||NAIA Men's Basketball|
|1968||NAIA Men's Basketball|
|1983||NCAA Division II Runner Up Football|
|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's athletic teams are known as the Marauders and Lady Marauders. The university competes as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level. The university fields teams in ten sports: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, and women's volleyball. Central State is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). CSU's main athletic rivals are Kentucky State University and West Virginia State University. The current athletic director is Jahan Culbreath, a 1992 graduate.
The Central State University Marauder football team experienced much success in Division II and NAIA during the 1980s through 1995 under then head football coaches, William "Billy" Joe (1981 to 1993) and Rick Comegy (1993 to 1996). Under Billy Joe, the Marauders were NCAA Division II runners-up in 1983 and won the NAIA Football National Championship (Division I) in 1990 and 1992. Under Comegy, a former assistant coach under Joe, the Marauders won the NAIA Football National Championship (Division I) in 1995. The heyday of Central State football ended in the late 1990s when the university administration was forced to drop the football program in 1997 due to financial difficulties and a significant drop of enrollment. In 2005, under new administration leadership of president Dr. John W. Garland, Esq, (Class of 1971), the university reinstated the Central State Marauder football program.
Notable Marauder alumni who went on to play in the National Football League include: Vince Heflin, Vince Buck, Erik Williams, Hugh Douglas, Charles Hope, Brandon Hayes, Mel Lunsford, Kerwin Waldroup, and Dayvon Ross.
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
All nine of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations currently have chapters at Central State University. These organizations are governed by the Central State University's chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and overseen by the Director of the University Center and Student Development.
|Alpha Kappa Alpha||ΑΚΑ||Beta Xi||ΒΞ|
|Alpha Phi Alpha||ΑΦΑ||Delta Xi||ΔΞ|
|Delta Sigma Theta||ΔΣΘ||Delta Kappa||ΔΚ|
|Iota Phi Theta||ΙΦΘ||Alpha Mu||AM|
|Kappa Alpha Psi||ΚΑΨ||Delta Zeta||ΔΖ|
|Omega Psi Phi||ΩΨΦ||Eta Gamma||ΗΓ|
|Phi Beta Sigma||ΦΒΣ||Nu||N|
|Sigma Gamma Rho||ΣΓΡ||Delta Omega||ΔΩ|
|Zeta Phi Beta||ΖΦΒ||Chi Beta||XB|
Invincible Marching Marauders
The Central State University bands are under the direction of Professor Ramon William Key Jr. The Invincible Marching Marauders appeared in Dave Chappelle's Block Party.
|Curtis Anderson||1978||American football player|
|Orlando Brown||He transferred to South Carolina State University before graduating|
|Hastings Kamuzu Banda||Former President of Malawi|
|Joyce Beatty||1972||Member of United States House of Representatives|||
|Vince Buck||1989||Former NFL player|
|Wayne A. Cauthen||First African American appointed as City Manager of Kansas City, Missouri|
|MacArthur DeShazer, Sr.||1971||Former White House Fellow (1984-85); Former Director, African Affairs, White House National Security Council (1993-96); Former Associate Deputy Secretary for International Labor Affairs, Department of Labor (1998-2001)|
|Clay Dixon||Former City Commissioner and Mayor of Dayton, Ohio|
|Hugh Douglas||1994||Former NFL defensive lineman New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles|
|Elizabeth Eckford||One of Little Rock Nine|||
|Arsenio Hall||1992||Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree|||
|Vince Heflin||1981||Former NFL wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|James T. Henry, Sr.||First Black mayor and city commissioner of Xenia, Ohio (faculty)|||
|Charles Hope||1993||Former Green Bay Packers guard|
|Priest Lauderdale||Former NBA player for the Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks|
|Mel Lunsford||1989||Former NFL player|
|Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth||1996||Actress (The Apprentice, Surreal Life)|
|Kedar Massenberg||Record label executive and producer|
|Eddie Milner||Former professional baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants|
|Rob Murphy||Current head basketball coach at Eastern Michigan University|
|Roosevelt Nix||1991||American football player|
|Leontyne Price||Opera singer|
|John Roseboro||Former professional baseball player|
|Dayvon Ross||2013||NFL wide receiver|||
|Teddy Seymour||First African American to sail around the world solo|
|John W. Shannon||1955||United States Under Secretary of the Army (1989-1993)|
|Darrell K. Smith||1983||Former CFL All-Star for the Toronto Argonauts|
|Jason Thomas||9/11 Hero, Keynote Speaker, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, WTC Movie|
|Kerwin Waldroup||1995||Former NFL defensive end|
|Erik Williams||1990||Former Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens|
|Abram Wilson||California politician, former mayor of San Ramon, California|||
|Nancy Wilson||Jazz singer|
|Roland Winburn||Former member of Ohio House of Representatives|||
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