Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Church, Philanthropist Come to Rescue of Central State Students

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Church, Philanthropist Come to Rescue of Central State Students

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WILBERFORCE, Ohio -- The dream of a college education for several dozen Central State University students who couldn't pay their bills remains alive after churches and civic groups pulled out their checkbooks.

"It just clearly indicated that there is a tremendous reservoir of good will in the state of Ohio for Central State University," Dr. Tedd Miller, the school's vice president for enrollment management, says.

Central State, Ohio's only public historically Black university, recently emerged from years of financial troubles. The state took over its finances in 1997, and a new school administration was later installed.

Last fall, university officials said more than 50 of the school's 975 students would have to leave because they had failed to pay their tuition and room and board. Many of the affected students were juniors and seniors (see Black Issues, Dec. 24, 1998).

Then Rev. Earl Harris, senior pastor of Greater Allen AME Church in Dayton spearheaded a drive to raise money to keep the students in school, appealing to churches, civic groups, businesses and others. …

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