Dayton’s Central State University (CSU), the esteemed Greene County-based historically black college and university (HBCU) and 1890 Land-Grant institution, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Morakinyo A.O. Kuti as its 10th president. Dr. Kuti’s ascension to this leadership role, following a rigorous nationwide search, marks the commencement of a dynamic new era focused on research and innovation, according to a recent university press release.
Previously serving as CSU’s vice president for research and economic development and director of Land-Grant programs, Dr. Kuti is deeply committed to upholding the university’s mission of providing exceptional education and opportunities for underrepresented students. As an 1890 Land-Grant institution, CSU bears a unique responsibility to empower and educate students in the fields of agriculture and food science. Dr. Kuti’s dedication to this mission is exemplified by his sustained efforts to secure funding, bolster physical infrastructure, and support faculty research endeavors.
Under Dr. Kuti’s visionary leadership, CSU has witnessed a significant increase in external research awards and risen in the National Science Foundation survey, highlighting his exceptional ability to cultivate a vibrant culture of research and innovation within the university community. His appointment comes several months after former president Jack Thomas announced his departure.
Dr. Kuti’s unwavering commitment to supporting underrepresented students in STEM fields has paved the way for hundreds to pursue their academic aspirations, enter the workforce, or embark on further graduate studies. With a resolute focus on research, innovation, and student success, he is fully prepared to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Dr. Kuti is deeply committed to propelling CSU to even greater heights, ensuring its enduring position as a beacon of academic excellence for Ohio and beyond.