Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Central State Hires New President, Fires One-Sixth of Faculty

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Central State Hires New President, Fires One-Sixth of Faculty

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WILBERFORCE, Ohio - Fighting to overcome a political and financial crisis that nearly forced the school to close this summer, Central State University has hired a new president and terminated nineteen faculty members.

John W. Garland, associate vice provost for intellectual property and associate professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, will take over the presidency of Central State late this month.

Garland, a 1971 graduate of Central State and a 1974 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Law, served as general counsel at the University of the District of Columbia in 1988-91 before taking a position in Charlottesville. He said that he will lead a turnaround of his undergraduate alma mater.

"I have a passion for this university," he said. "I know what it can do in terms of producing some of the finest leaders in the country."

Central State has been run for more than a year by a temporary management team led by consultant Dr. George Ayers, former president of Chicago State University.

Fred Ransier, chairman of Central State board of trustees, was Garland's classmate at both Central State and Ohio State. Ransier's help in recruiting Garland prompted a fiery response from Dr. …

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