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Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond is the first female and eighth president of Ohio’s Central State University, an important milestone in the university’s 126-year history.

Her career in higher education began in 1987 as an instructor of developmental reading at the University of Louisiana, Monroe. She then advanced to Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, served as Director of Developmental Education and was appointed Director of Student Development.

She also was a tenured faculty member at California State University Dominguez Hills and wrote the first Upward Bound application for federal funding for CSUDH.

Dr. Jackson-Hammond later moved to Delaware and served in multiple leadership positions at Delaware State University.

Dr. Jackson-Hammond received a doctorate degree in education from Grambling State University in Curriculum and Instruction and Student Personnel Services, an Education Specialist degree in Counseling Education from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, a Masters degree in Communications from the University of Louisiana-Monroe and a bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University.

She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Summer Institute for Educational Management, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Millennium Leadership Institute, and a Fellow of the Nissan and the National Association for Equal Opportunity Leadership Institute for Academic Deans.

Dr. Hammond is a native of Monroe, Louisiana and is married to Dr. James Eric Hammond Sr.

(Photo Source: Central State University)

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