Friday, November 03, 2000

Central St. trustees adopt master plan

The Associated Press

        WILBERFORCE, Ohio — Central State University trustees on Thursday adopted a long-term blueprint that includes expanding academic programs and putting up about a dozen new buildings.

        The master plan also raises the possibility of re-establishing the school's football program, which won three national championships under the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in the 1990s.

        The NAIA suspended the Central State program in 1997 for allowing ineligible players to participate.

        Central State, Ohio's only state-supported historically black university, has recovered after a multimillion-dollar deficit and deteriorating campus buildings resulted in a state bailout and increased state supervision in 1997.

        The school in Wilberforce, about 15 miles east of Dayton, has emerged from that supervision and its budget has been balanced for the past few years.

        But the fallout from its problems caused enrollment to decline from about 2,600 students to fewer than 1,000.

        The university now has 1,130 students.

        “That's how we're going to grow, by bringing in new academic programs,” said university President John Garland.

        The trustees met in an auditorium filled with students, teachers and government officials, including Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, who was Ohio's governor during the turmoil at Central State.


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