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List of famous alumni from Central State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Central State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Central State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Central State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Central State University.

A list made up of graduates like Arsenio Hall and Nancy Wilson.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Central State University?” and “Which celebrities are Central State University alumni?”

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Arsenio Hall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer Arsenio Cheron Hall, Sr. is an American comedian and talk show host. He is best known for hosting The Arsenio Hall Show, a late-night talk show that ran from 1989 until 1994, and a revival of ...more

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Omarosa Manigault is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Businessperson, Actor, TV Personality Omarosa is a American reality game show and reality show personality. She was a contestant on the first season of Donald Trump's original American version of The Apprentice. She later returned ...more

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Michael D. Brown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Politician, Radio personality, Lawyer Michael DeWayne Brown served as the first Undersecretary of Emergency Preparedness and Response, a division of the Department of Homeland Security. This position is generally referred to as the ...more

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Charles Thompson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Businessperson, Motivational speaker, American football player Charles Thompson is an American businessman, motivational speaker, and former football player, best known for his tenure and spectacular downfall as the quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners.

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Sidney Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Businessperson Sidney Johnson, 46, is vice president of Global Supply Management for Delphi Corporation. He is also a member of the Delphi Strategy Board, the company's top policy-making group. Additionally, ...more

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Joshua I. Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Businessperson Joshua I. Smith is an African-American businessman and former chairperson of the Commission on Minority Business Development. Smith, a native of Loveland, Ohio, graduated from Central State ...more

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Hastings Banda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Physician Hastings Kamuzu Banda was the leader of Malawi and its predecessor state, Nyasaland, from 1961 to 1994. After receiving much of his education overseas, Banda returned to his home country to ...more

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Hugh Douglas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Actor, American football player Hugh Lamont Douglas is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League and former football analyst for the ESPN television network. His playing career included stints ...more

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Bennie Fowler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Businessperson Bennie Fowler is group vice president, Global Quality, Ford Motor Company, effective April 1, 2008.

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John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Baseball player, Coach, Actor John Junior Roseboro was a Major League Baseball catcher and coach, who was born in Ashland, Ohio.

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Kedar Massenburg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Record producer, Entrepreneur, Musician William "Kedar" Massenburg is an American record producer and record label executive, who was the president of Motown Records from 1997 to 2004. Massenburg is best known for bringing ...more

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Nancy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Musician, Singer Nancy Wilson is an American singer with more than 70 albums, and three Grammy Awards. She has been labeled a singer of blues, jazz, cabaret, pop and soul; a "consummate actress"; and ...more

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Leontyne Price is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Actor, Singer Mary Violet Leontyne Price is an American soprano. Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, she rose to international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s, and was one of the first African Americans to ...more

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Orlando Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
American football player Orlando Claude "Zeus" Brown was an American football player who played offensive tackle in the NFL. He attended Howard D. Woodson High School. He was released by the Baltimore Ravens ...more

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Eddie Milner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Eddie Milner Baseball player Edward James Milner is an American former professional baseball player. He played all or part of nine seasons in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants, primarily ...more

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Vince Buck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
American football player Vincent Lamont Buck is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints. He played college football at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, ...more

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Erik Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
American football player Erik George Williams is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League who played most of his career with the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Central ...more

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Vince Heflin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Vince Heflin American football player Vince Heflin is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for five seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins.

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Elizabeth Eckford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Elizabeth Eckford is one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in ...more

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Priest Lauderdale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Basketball player Priest Lauderdale is an American retired professional basketball player.

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Jason Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Jason Thomas Jason Thomas is a United States Marine who located and rescued people in the aftermath of collapse of the World Trade Center in New York Cityafter the September 11 attacks in 2001. With fellow ...more

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Joyce Beatty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Politician Joyce Beatty is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Ohio's 3rd congressional district since 2013. Previously, she was the Senior Vice-President for Outreach ...more

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Darryl Owens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Lawyer Darryl T. Owens is a Democratic Party member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing District 43 since 2004.

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Teddy Seymour is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Teddy Seymour Sailor Teddy Seymour is the first black man to sail around the world solo. On June 19, 1987, Teddy Seymour became officially designated the first black man to sail around the world when he completed ...more

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Cecil McBee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Bassist, Musician Cecil McBee is an American post-bop jazz bassist, one of the most influential in the history of jazz. McBee has recorded as a leader only a handful of times since the 1970s, but has contributed ...more

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Rob Murphy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Rob Murphy Basketball Coach, Coach Robert Lewis "Rob" Murphy is the head men's basketball coach for the Eastern Michigan Eagles who has been with Eastern Michigan since April 2011.

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Stan Case is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Stan Case Lawyer Stanley Wright Case was an American lawyer and broadcast journalist. He was best known as the news anchor of CNN Radio from 1985 to 2011.

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Wayne A. Cauthen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Wayne A. Cauthen Businessperson, Politician Wayne A. Cauthen born September 5, 1955 in Lancaster, South Carolina is the first appointed African-American City Manager in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to his appointment, Cauthen served as ...more

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Mel Lunsford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Mel Lunsford American football player Melvin T. Lunsford is a former American football player from 1973 through 1980 for the New England Patriots. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 1972 NFL Draft.

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James C. Renick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
James C. Renick James Carmichael Renick is an American academic, and the former Chancellor of University of Michigan–Dearborn and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Currently, Renick ...more

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Marvin Coleman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Marvin Coleman Marvin Coleman was a football player in the Canadian Football League for ten years. Coleman played cornerback for the Calgary Stampeders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1994-2003. He was a ...more

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Darrell K. Smith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Darrell K. Smith Darrell K. Smith was a wide receiver and slotback who played eight seasons in the Canadian Football League, mainly for the Toronto Argonauts. His move to the Edmonton Eskimos in 1993 was a part ...more

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Dennis Weatherby is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Dennis W. Weatherby, Ph.D was an inventor, scientist, university administrator, and proponent of minority college students' success. Dr. Weatherby had a patent on "lemon scented ...more

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Kerwin Waldroup is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Kerwin Waldroup Kerwin Waldroup is a former professional American football player who played defensive end for three seasons for the Detroit Lions. He initially played college football at University of Michigan ...more

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Joe Ford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Joe Ford Joe Ford is an American jazz saxophonist. Ford studied saxophone under Makanda Ken McIntyre, Jackie McLean, and Frank Foster, and percussion under Joe Chambers. He took his Bachelor's in music ...more

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Roland Winburn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Roland Winburn Roland Winburn is a former Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 43rd District from 2009 to 2014.

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Clay Dixon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Clay Dixon Richard Clay Dixon is an American politician of the Ohio Democratic party. He served as a city commissioner of Dayton, Ohio, and as the city's mayor. He was the second African-American person to ...more

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Funmilayo Olayinka is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Funmilayo Olayinka Olufunmilayo Aduni Olayinka, née Famuagun, was a Nigerian banker and politician who served as the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State.

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Charles Hope is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
Charles Hope Charles Hope is a former offensive guard in the National Football League.

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John W. Shannon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Central State University Alumni
John W. Shannon John W. Shannon was United States Under Secretary of the Army from 1989 to 1993.