Central State University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio announces a national search for its ninth president. The University seeks a distinguished and visionary leader who will build upon the legacy of the past and strengthen the university in its commitment to excellence, research and service.

Central State University seeks a president to lead the institution at a pivotal moment in its proud and distinguished history. This leader will move CSU forward in its mission to academically prepare students with diverse backgrounds and educational needs for leadership and service in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world.

After hearing from representatives of all constituents of the Central State University community-students, faculty, staff, alumni, state and local governmental officials and friends of the University-the Board of Trustees has identified the following leadership qualities and abilities necessary for the University’s next President:

Qualities and Abilities

• Relationship builder

• Creative, open minded, and transparent

• Holistic concern for the institution

• Respectful of others and the significance of tradition

• Able to balance and manage ambiguity

• Comfortable in a range of professional and social settings

• Demonstrated passion for student personal and professional success

• Proven ability to collaborate across multiple constituencies


A complete description of the position and more information about Central State University can be found by downloading the position profile at

Central State University is being assisted in this search by Academic Search, Inc. Prospective candidates and nominators may arrange a confidential discussion with senior consultants Shirley R. Pippins at  or Sidney Ribeau at Nominations can also be submitted electronically to


Applications should consist of the following documents, all in PDF format: 1. A detailed cover letter expressing the candidates interest in and qualifications for the position; 2. A current curriculum vitae (CV) ; 3. A list of professional references representing diverse relationships with the candidate including current contact information and a note explaining the working relationship of each to the applicant. References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. This position will remain open until filled.