CSU alum gives $1 million gift


WILBERFORCE, Ohio (WDTN) – Businessman, radio journalist and 1963 alumnus Josh Smith presented Central State University with a $1 million gift Tuesday.

The gift deepens a longstanding philanthropic relationship between Central State University and the Smith family.  Smith was inducted into the 1887 Legacy Society in 2007  in recognition of a $250,000 insurance gift that was increased to $500,000 in 2013.  That same year, he contributed $50,000 to WCSU-FM.

 “Thanks to the generosity of Josh and Jackie Smith, the university will enhance its ongoing commitment to prepare innovative leaders for the future,” said Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, who is the president of Central State University.

 “Jackie and I are pleased to continue our support of my beloved alma mater,” Smith said. “We look forward to empowering more students at Central State University to use their education to have a long-term positive impact on the world.”

Charles Whitehead ’61, the current Central State University Foundation President, stated “This gift is magnificent.  It will not only support the university in a tangible way, the size of the gift will inspire other alumni to give back to the alma mater.”

Central State University is a historically African American university located in Wilberforce, Ohio.

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