Central State University Receives Recognition


COLUMBUS, OH, Nov. 7, 2011 Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro, joined by Central State University President John W. Garland, today named the Central State University’s Center of Excellence in Fine and Performing Arts an Ohio Center of Excellence in Cultural and Societal Transformation. The newly designated Center of Excellence will serve as a cultural hub for promoting musical and artistic excellence in area schools and communities as well as promoting local economic development.

The Center of Excellence in Fine and Performing Arts (CEFPA) is the second Center of Excellence designation awarded to Central State University and the 51st overall awarded by the Board of Regents.

“I commend Central State University for utilizing their strengths in the music and art programs to develop an Ohio Center of Excellence,” Petro said. “In addition to enhancing the cultural environment of the region with performances and the teaching of free private music lessons, the Center will also drive economic development and lead to collaboration with regional, national, and international fine arts organizations.” 

CEFPA combines the strengths of the Music and Art programs at Ohio’s only historically black public university and will offer access to outstanding education in the arts for minority students. The Center will train and graduate students in music and fine art who will provide exemplary professional and cultural leadership in their fields.

The Center will also attract nationally renowned faculty and student talent to Ohio and promote local economic development by attracting and retaining the “creative community” to live and work in the Miami Valley. Graduates will become the local band and choral directors, and will pursue ventures in recording, performance, collaboration, and/or private teaching studios.

CEFPA aspires to provide online course offerings which would be included in the Ohio Learning Network course catalogue, collaborate with local and international dance and music programs, host a world music festival in Ohio, and provide master level classes.

 “The CEFPA designation recognizes our longstanding preeminence as a producer of top-notch talent and leadership in the field of fine and performing arts,” CSU President John W. Garland said. “Examples include the renowned Grammy-award winning CSU Chorus and our highly regarded Music Mentors and jazz studies programs as well as CSU alumni Leontyne Price, Nancy Wilson, Roberta Alexander, and Frank Foster. The alumni, faculty and students associated with Central State University’s music and fine arts programs have greatly enriched the cultural life of the surrounding community, the state and the nation.”


About the Centers of Excellence

Ohio’s Centers of Excellence position the University System of Ohio to be a magnet for talent and a leader in innovation and entrepreneurial activity. The Centers will accomplish this by developing distinct missions for each institution that are recognized by students, faculty and business leaders, while eliminating unnecessary competition for resources, students and faculty within the state. 

The Centers of Excellence designations are specific to Ohio’s growth industries – Advanced Energy; Biomedicine and Health Care; Agriculture, Food Production and Bioproducts; Enabling Technologies: Advanced Materials and Sensors; Advanced Transportation & Aerospace; and Cultural and Societal Transformation.

About the Board of Regents

The Ohio Board of Regents is the state agency that coordinates higher education in Ohio. The agency is directed by its Chancellor, who is a member of the Governor of Ohio's cabinet. The Chancellor, with the advice of the nine-member Board of Regents, provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly, advocates for the University System of Ohio and carries out state higher education policy.

Contact Info:


Ohio Board of Regents Contact:
Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487
Email: jrobinson@regents.state.oh.us

Central State University:
Fran Robinson
Office: 937.376.6142
Email: frobinson@centralstate.edu