Former WIU President Jack Thomas named Central State University’s President

Former WIU President Jack Thomas has secured a new job.


Thomas, who resigned from being Western’s President last June, will be the new President at the Historically Black College, Central State University. The announcement came during a reception at the Wilberforce, Ohio, college Friday, Feb. 7.


Current Central State President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond announced in September she would step down at the end of the school year. Jackson- Hammond will leave her position after eight years. Jackson- Hammond was Central State’s eighth president and the first woman to lead the institution. 


Established in 1887, Central State is located 20 miles east of Dayton and has about 2,100 students. 


The WIU Alumni Council approved a resolution asking the Board of Trustees to terminate Thomas' contract citing budget cuts and a 14 percent decrease in enrollment in the Spring 2019 semester.



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