Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, has announced gifts and in-kind services totaling more than $7 million from philanthropist Frank Murphy, SodexoMAGIC, and University Housing Solutions in support of several initiatives.
The gifts include $2 million from Murphy — the largest donation in the school's 132-year history — to fund an endowment and support the development of the university's historic power plant into a student success center. University Housing Solutions will provide $3.2 million in in-kind services in support of a 5,000-square-foot wellness center to be built as part of a new housing complex, while a $1.9 million partnership with SodexoMAGIC will include new dining options for students and updated athletic facilities.
"These abundantly generous contributions from Frank Murphy and University Housing Solutions will significantly boost our abiding mission of providing a quality student life experience," said Central State president Cynthia Jackson-Hammond. "Together, with our growing relationship with SodexoMAGIC and our trailblazing hemp research, today's announcements will provide a constructive and lasting impact on our campus, our community, and the state of Ohio."