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Famous Central State University Alumni

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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?”
  • 1

    Arsenio Hall

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

    Arsenio Hall (born February 12, 1956) is an American comedian, talk show host, actor, writer and producer. He is best known for hosting The Arsenio Hall Show, a late-night talk show that ran from...  more

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  • 2

    Omarosa Manigault

    Businessperson, Actor


    BirthplaceYoungstown, Ohio, United States of America

    Omarosa Onee Manigault Newman (; born February 5, 1974), often mononymously known as Omarosa, is an American reality television show participant, writer, and former political aide to President Donald...  more

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  • 3

    Michael D. Brown

    Politician, Radio personality


    BirthplaceGuymon, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Michael DeWayne Brown (born November 8, 1954) served as the first undersecretary of Emergency Preparedness and Response, a division of the Department of Homeland Security. This position is generally...  more
  • 4

    Charles Thompson

    Businessperson, Motivational speaker


    BirthplaceLawton, Oklahoma

    Charles Thompson (born May 28, 1968) is an American businessman, motivational speaker, and former football player, best known for his tenure and spectacular downfall as the quarterback of the...  more
  • 5

    Sidney Johnson



    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    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
  • 6

    Joshua I. Smith



    Joshua I. Smith (born Joshua Isaac Smith on April 8, 1941) is an African-American businessman and former chairperson of the Commission on Minority Business Development. ...  more
  • 7

    AgeDec. at 99 (1898-1997)

    BirthplaceKasungu, Malawi

    Hastings Kamuzu Banda (15 February 1898 – 25 November 1997) was the prime minister and later president of Malawi from 1964 to 1994 (for the first year of his rule as it achieved independence in...  more
  • 8

    Hugh Douglas

    Actor, American football player


    BirthplaceMansfield, Ohio, United States of America

    Hugh Lamont Douglas (born August 23, 1971) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League and former football analyst for the ESPN television network. His playing career...  more
  • 9

    Bennie Fowler


    BirthplaceAugusta, Georgia

    Bennie Fowler is group vice president, Global Quality, Ford Motor Company, effective April 1, 2008....  more
  • 10

    John Roseboro

    Baseball player, Coach

    AgeDec. at 69 (1933-2002)

    BirthplaceAshland, Ohio, United States of America

    John Junior Roseboro (May 13, 1933 – August 16, 2002) was an American professional baseball player and coach. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball from 1957 until 1970, most notably for...  more
  • 11

    Kedar Massenburg

    Record producer, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    William "Kedar" Massenburg (born 1963) 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
  • 12

    Nancy Wilson

    Musician, Singer


    BirthplaceChillicothe, Ohio, USA

    Nancy Sue Wilson (February 20, 1937 – December 13, 2018) was an American singer whose career spanned over five decades, from the mid–1950s until her retirement in the early–2010s. She was notable for...  more

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  • 13

    Leontyne Price

    Actor, Singer


    BirthplaceLaurel, Mississippi, United States of America

    Mary Violet Leontyne Price (born February 10, 1927) is an American soprano. Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, she rose to international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s, and was the first African...  more

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  • 14

    Orlando Brown

    American football player

    AgeDec. at 40 (1970-2011)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Orlando Claude Brown Sr. (December 12, 1970 – September 23, 2011) was an American football player who played offensive tackle in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. He attended...  more

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  • 15

    Eddie Milner

    Baseball player


    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio

    Edward James "Eddie" Milner Jr. (May 21, 1955 – November 2, 2015) was an American professional baseball player. He played all or part of nine seasons in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds...  more
  • 16

    Vince Buck

    American football player


    BirthplaceOwensboro, Kentucky

    Vincent Lamont Buck (born January 12, 1968 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints. He played college football at...  more
  • 17

    Erik Williams

    American football player


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Erik George Williams (born September 7, 1968) is a former American football offensive tackle. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys from 1991 to 2000 and the...  more
  • 18

    Vince Heflin

    American football player


    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

    Vince Heflin (born July 7, 1959 in Dayton, Ohio) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for five seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins. He...  more
  • 19
    Elizabeth Ann Eckford (born October 4, 1941) was 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...  more
  • 20

    Priest Lauderdale

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Priest Lauderdale (born August 31, 1973) is an American-Bulgarian retired professional basketball player....  more
  • 21

    Jason Thomas

    Jason Thomas may refer to: Jason Thomas (Marine), United States Marine who located and rescued people after the collapse of the World Trade Center Jason Thomas (footballer) (born 1997), Vanuatuan...  more
  • 22

    Joyce Beatty



    BirthplaceDayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, United States of America, United States

    Joyce Birdsong Beatty (née Hannah; born March 12, 1950) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Ohio's 3rd congressional district since 2013. Previously, she was...  more
  • 23


    Darryl T. Owens (born November 10, 1937) is a Democratic Party member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing District 43 since 2004....  more
  • 24

    Teddy Seymour

    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 his...  more
  • 25

    Cecil McBee

    Bassist, Musician


    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    Cecil McBee (born May 19, 1935) is an American jazz bassist. He has recorded as a leader only a handful of times since the 1970s, but has contributed as a sideman to a number of jazz albums....  more