Sen. Hackett (left) presents a resolution to Central State University President, Cynthia Jackson-Hammond (right) honoring the institution on being named the top historically black college by HBCU Digest.

COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Hackett (R-London) presented a resolution to the president of Central State University on Wednesday, honoring the institution for being named the top historically black college of 2017 by the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Digest. 

"Central State University is more than deserving of this recognition," said Senator Hackett. “This distinction reaffirms what we already know to be true, that Central State provides an exceptional education, top-notch athletics, meaningful student involvement opportunities, and has a faculty full of great leaders who are empowering our next generation of leaders."  

Around 175 nominations were made for the award given to Central State by the publication HBCU Digest in Washington, D.C.

HBCUs are a source of accomplishment and great pride for the African American community as well as the entire nation. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans.    
Also during today's session Senator Hackett honored Central State University student Juan Scott for winning the NCAA Division II outdoor 110-meter hurdles, becoming the first Marauder to win a Division II national title.

"I am pleased to recognize Juan for the way he represented Central State, our community, and himself with excellence on a national stage," said Hackett. "I look forward to seeing where his talents and efforts take him after college."

Hackett also honored Central State University women's basketball coach, Sheba Harris who was recently named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Coach of the Year.
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