19 Notable alumni of
Central State University

Central State University is 1585th in the world, 559th in North America, and 525th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 19 notable alumni from Central State University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Omarosa Manigault Newman

    Omarosa Manigault Newman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1974-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    businesspersonactorpoliticianvoice actor
    Biography

    Omarosa Onee Manigault Newman, often known as Omarosa, is an American reality television show participant, writer, and former political aide to former US President Donald Trump. She became widely known as a contestant on the first season of NBC's reality television series The Apprentice.

  2. Leontyne Price

    Leontyne Price
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1927-.. (age 95)
    Occupations
    singeropera singer
    Biography

    Mary Violet Leontyne Price is an American soprano who was the first African American soprano to receive international acclaim. From 1961 she began a long association with the Metropolitan Opera, where she was the first African American to be a leading performer. She regularly appeared at the world's major opera houses, the Royal Opera House, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and La Scala, the last at which she was also the first African American to sing a leading role. She was particularly renowned for her performances of the title role in Verdi's Aida.

  3. Hastings Banda

    Hastings Banda
    Born in
    Malawi Flag Malawi
    Years
    1898-1997 (aged 99)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomatphysician
    Biography

    Hastings Kamuzu Banda 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 1964, Malawi was the British protectorate of Nyasaland). In 1966, the country became a republic and he became president. His rule has been characterized as a "highly repressive autocracy."

  4. Elizabeth Eckford

    Elizabeth Eckford
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1941-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    activist
    Biography

    Elizabeth Ann 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 the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The integration came as a result of Brown v. Board of Education. Eckford's public ordeal was captured by press photographers on the morning of September 4, 1957, after she was prevented from entering the school by the Arkansas National Guard. A dramatic snapshot by Johnny Jenkins of the United Press (UP) showed the young girl being followed and threatened by an angry white mob; this and other photos of the day's startling events were circulated around the US and the world by the press.

  5. Joyce Beatty

    Joyce Beatty
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Enrolled in Central State University
    In 1972 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    politicianuniversity teacherbusinesspersonofficial
    Biography

    Joyce Marie Beatty is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Ohio's 3rd congressional district since 2013, and as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus since 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, Beatty represented the 27th district in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1999 to 2008, serving for a time as minority leader. She was also previously the senior vice-president for outreach and engagement at Ohio State University.

  6. Hugh Douglas

    Hugh Douglas
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    American football playerradio personality
    Biography

    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 with the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles (twice), and the Jacksonville Jaguars. In his first season in 1995, Douglas was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. He is affectionately known as “Turbo Bird.”

  7. Priest Lauderdale

    Priest Lauderdale
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Priest Lauderdale is an American retired professional basketball player.

  8. Cecil McBee

    Cecil McBee
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1935-.. (age 87)
    Occupations
    music pedagoguejazz musicianbassistmusician
    Biography

    Cecil McBee 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.

  9. John Roseboro

    John Roseboro
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1933-2002 (aged 69)
    Occupations
    baseball playerbasketball coach
    Biography

    John Junior Roseboro was an American professional baseball player and coach. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball from 1957 until 1970, most prominently as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. A four-time All-Star player, Roseboro is considered one of the best defensive catchers of the 1960s, winning two Gold Glove Awards. He was the Dodgers' starting catcher in four World Series with the Dodgers winning three of those. Roseboro was known for his role in one of the most violent incidents in baseball history when Juan Marichal struck him in the head with a bat during a game in 1965.

  10. Felicia Moore

    Felicia Moore
    Biography

    Felicia A. Moore is an American politician who served as the President of the Atlanta City Council. She was elected to the office in a December 2017 runoff election. She previously held the post of City Council member for District 9, serving for 20 years.

  11. Elle Hearns

    Elle Hearns
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1980s
    Occupations
    writerLGBTQI+ rights activist
    Biography

    Elle Hearns is an American transgender rights activist. She co-founded the Black Lives Matter Global Network, where she served as a strategic partner and organizing coordinator, and founded The Marsha P. Johnson Institute, where she serves as executive director.

  12. Roberta Alexander

    Roberta Alexander
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    musiciansingeropera singer
    Biography

    Roberta Alexander is an American operatic soprano. She began her career as a lyric soprano in 1975 and spent the next three decades performing principal roles with opera houses internationally. Particularly celebrated for her performances of Mozart heroines, she was a leading soprano at the Metropolitan Opera from 1983 to 1991. In addition to principal Mozart roles like Countess Almaviva, Elettra, Fiordiligi, and Donna Elvira, she had particular success with the parts of Mimì in Puccini's La bohème and the title role in Janáček's Jenůfa. More recently she has performed secondary character roles on stage, including performances at the Grand Théâtre de Provence in 2013, La Scala in 2014, and La Monnaie in 2015. She performed the Fifth Maid in Strauss's Elektra at the Met in 2016 and Curra in Verdi's La forza del destino at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 2019.

  13. Rob Murphy

    Rob Murphy
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    basketball coach
    Biography

    Robert Murphy Sr. is an American basketball executive, former coach and player. He is currently the Sr. Director of Player Personnel of the Detroit Pistons and President and General Manager of the Motor City Cruise of the NBA G League, the affiliate of the Detroit Pistons. He previously served as the head men's basketball coach for the Eastern Michigan Eagles from 2011 to 2021. Murphy, an inductee of the Central State University Alumni Achievement Hall of Fame, March 1, 2022 and also an inductee of the Mumford High School Hall of Fame, October 1, 2019.

  14. Eddie Milner

    Eddie Milner
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1955-2015 (aged 60)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Edward James Milner Jr. was an American professional baseball player. He played all or parts of nine seasons in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds (1980–86, 1988) and San Francisco Giants (1987), primarily as a center fielder. Milner batted and threw left-handed.

  15. John W. Shannon

    John W. Shannon
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1933-2017 (aged 84)
    Enrolled in Central State University
    Graduated with Bachelor of Science in industrial education
    Occupations
    military personnel
    Biography

    John William Shannon Sr. was United States Under Secretary of the Army from 1989 to 1993.

  16. Funmilayo Olayinka

    Funmilayo Olayinka
    Born in
    Nigeria Flag Nigeria
    Years
    1960-2013 (aged 53)
    Occupations
    banker
    Biography

    Olufunmilayo Aduni Olayinka, née Famuagun, was a Nigerian banker and politician who served as the deputy governor of Ekiti State.

  17. H. Abram Wilson

    H. Abram Wilson
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    H. Abram Wilson (born 1946) is a Republican politician and a former mayor of San Ramon, California.

  18. Charles Freeman Lee

    Charles Freeman Lee
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1927-1997 (aged 70)
    Occupations
    pianistjazz musician
    Biography

    Charles Freeman Lee, known as Freeman Lee was an American jazz trumpeter, recording with the Elmo Hope Quintet, Bennie Green, Babs Gonzales and Howard McGhee.

  19. Phyllis Bolds

    Phyllis Bolds
    Years
    1933-2018 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    scientistphysicist
    Biography

    Phyllis Gaynell Bolds was an American physicist who worked for the United States Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.