For the Gazette
WILBERFORCE — Three Central State University presidents talked about the university’s past and its promising future during an event that celebrated Central State’s Homecoming 2015.
In what felt like a historic moment, CSU President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond shared the stage with Central State President Emeritus John W. Garland Esq., and Central State President Emeritus Dr. Arthur E. Thomas to talk about their leadership of the University over the past 30 years.
Dr. Thomas served as president from 1985-1995. Garland served from 1997-2012. Jackson-Hammond began her presidency in 2012. The “Chat with the Presidents” event was part of the University’s Homecoming activities, celebrated Oct. 4-11.
The three presidents were asked questions ranging from what did each of them do to keep in touch with students to when did they know they wanted to be president.
Thomas said he knew he wanted to be president of his alma mater “when I saw Dr. Charles H. Wesley walk in the sunken garden with that red robe on and he was in charge and I then wanted to be in charge.”
Garland said he never aspired to be president of a university or of Central State, his alma mater.
“ I consider myself the worker bee that got kicked upstairs,” he said
Jackson-Hammond urged alumni to continue to love the institution, respect it and find ways to give back through giving and mentoring students. She said Central State gives students an opportunity, but they “must seize that opportunity.”