Central State University is pleased to invite qualified submissions of interest and nominations of candidates to become the next President of this outstanding University.


Central State University (CSU), an 1890 Land-Grant University, is located in Wilberforce, OH. One of 13, 4-year public institutions in the State of Ohio, CSU has an on-campus enrollment of 2,000 and an online enrollment via Central State University Global of 3,500. CSU offers bachelor’s degrees in 40 disciplines and an online Master of Business Administration. CSU Global received United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Certification in 2022 and was ranked #27 for the Best Online Degrees in Ohio by University HQ.


It is important that the next president bring a depth of leadership and management experience to capitalize fully on the remarkable talent and commitment of Central State University staff and faculty, inspire CSU students, and encourage CSU alumni and supporters, by promoting a strong sense of community.


The next president must build an effective and stable leadership team by demonstrating a management style that draws the team into transparent and collaborative discussions about the issues facing Central State University. The president’s skill at delegating, empowering, actively listening to and evaluating the leadership team to be effective, efficient, and accountable must reach out to the entire Central State University community with transparency to ensure achievement is planned, collaborative, and celebrated.


The next president of Central State University will be a creative, inspiring, and thoughtful leader who can give strong articulation to the essential values of the university’s Land Grant research and STEM programs as well as liberal arts education in the context of the professional preparation of the next generation of leaders at CSU. Ultimately, the next president of Central State University must transform CSU into the premier HBCU in Ohio and the region.


A complete presidential leadership profile may be found at:  For additional information about Central State University, visit




For full consideration, applications should be received by November 16, 2023. The search committee will continue its work until an appointment is made.


Candidates should provide the following:

  • Letter of interest stating how their experience and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and priorities expressed in the leadership profile.
  • A curriculum vitae/resume.
  • Five professional references with email addresses and phone numbers are provided (references will not be contacted without prior permission from the applicant).

Applications should be in PDF format and submitted through the AGB Search portal at: Central State University - President  

Nominations and expressions of interest may be submitted to:


AGB Search is assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective applicants may contact the executive search consultants for additional information:

Rod McDavis, Managing Principal, / 804.514.1985


Gwendolyn Boyd, Executive Search Consultant / 301.538.1019


Carlton E. Brown, Executive Search Consultant / 912.247.8661


Central State University, an 1890 Land Grant Institution, is committed to the full inclusion of all people and does not discriminate based on race, age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV / AIDS status, marital or family status, military status, national origin political beliefs, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.