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John W. Garland


Central State University

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Central State University

1400 Brush Row Rd

Wilberforce, Ohio,45384

United States

Company Description

Central State University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio, is a historically black university that provides access to public higher education for all citizens of Ohio, and throughout the country. The university, with a 121 years of academic and athletic achieveme... more

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Employment History

Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Life Member

Disabled American Veterans

Life Member


Life Member

Dayton Development Coalition

Board Member


Board of Trustees Member

Fifth Third Bank

Board of Directors for Western Ohio Division

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce

Member of Board of Trustees

Legal Services of the Coastal Plains



Officio Member


Bachelor of Arts Degree

Political Science


bachelor of arts

political science

Central State University

high school equivalency diploma

Ohio State University

honorary degree

Central State University

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Historic College in Financial Jeopardy | [cached]

Central State University President John Garland told the Ohio Board of Regents of his intentions and their significance to the black community, educational community, present students, and future enrollees.
"We add much value to the lives of our students and their families," Garland said. "A college education is one of the greatest tools for growing the state's black middle class." Garland emphasized that receiving the $33 million and implementing the aforementioned plan is crucial to Central State University's future. Under the administration of President John W. Garland, the University has renewed itself, emerging as a stronger institution on all fronts, from academics to administrative affairs and fiscal management, from student services and enrollment to campus facilities."

John Garland, an attorney and president of Central State University (CSU) from 1997 to 2012, is now executive chairman of the recently established firm TM2 Education Search, which states on its website that it identifies and recruits candidates for executive positions in higher education with an emphasis on Black institutions.
"I decided to do this to give back to the community that both educated me and provided me with a wonderful opportunity for leadership," Garland says, adding that, as a consultant, he now has "an opportunity to have one-on-one mentoring and coaching" with presidents, senior leaders and boards. According to Garland, the firm specifies HBCUs in its mission statement "because we believe that Black institutions can benefit from an organization that is focused on their leadership needs." Relationship to board At the core of a successful presidency is a strong relationship between the president and governing board, according to Garland and Hampshire-Cowan. Garland attributes the longevity of his tenure at the Wilberforce, Ohio, HBCU to his relationship with CSU's board. Garland expresses a hopeful view of the consulting profession as a viable option for former academic leaders. "It's up to the individuals to make that decision," he says.

Future Jobs of Ohio [cached]

"Future Jobs funding and support of the university's science based Summer Bridge Program exemplifies a strong partnership committed to building sustainable jobs and a quality next generation workforce for Ohio," John Garland, President at Central State.

John W. Garland
Thurgood Marshall College Fund > About Us > Meet The Team > Our Staff > John W. Garland John W. Garland, JD John W. Garland served as President of Central State University from September 1997 through September 2012; during a time the University experienced significant advances. As president of his alma mater he lead the Institution through two cycles of re-affirmation of accreditation by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, over saw the complete rebuilding of the institution's financial and administrative systems, a one hundred fifty percent increase in enrollment, refurbishing of its facilities, to include the construction of eight new academic and residential buildings, and the development of a comprehensive academic and facilities master plan. He also oversaw the establishment of new academic programs and the National Environmental Technology Incubator at Central State University. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at age seventeen as a high school dropout. He saw combat duty in Viet Nam with the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, 1st Marine Division, and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received while serving as an infantry squad leader. Mr. Garland graduated from Central State University in 1971, where he earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science in three years. He graduated from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1974, and in that same year he was admitted to the Bar of the State of Ohio. Prior to moving into higher education, Mr. Garland had a varied and successful career as a civil rights and trial lawyer. He began his career in higher education in 1988 as General Counsel for the University of the District of Columbia. In 1991 he was named Associate General Counsel/Special Assistant Attorney General for the University of Virginia. In 1993 he was appointed to the position of Executive Assistant to the President of UVA and eventually became Associate Vice Provost for Intellectual Property. While at UVA he was a member of the General Faculty and taught undergraduate classes. Mr. Garland is a life member of the NAACP, Disabled American Veterans, and AmVets. He was appointed by Chief United States District Court Judge, Walter Rice, as a federal mediator to assist in negotiating a settlement of the twenty-seven year old Dayton School Desegregation case, which was successfully settled. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the Marine Corps University, by appointment of the Secretary of the Navy. Mr. Garland is married to Carolyn Farrow-Garland, a Central State University graduate, and program officer at the Kettering Foundation. John and Carolyn reside in the historic Le Droit Park district of Washington, DC.

The players: John Garland, former president of Central State University; Sidney Ribeau, former president of Howard University; Dorothy Cowser Yancy, former president of Shaw University and Johnson C. Smith University; and Chris Braswell, the president of TM2.

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