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Central State University installs new Dean of the College of Engineering, Science, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA) and Director of 1890 Land Grant Programs


Central State University (CSU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Corley, Ph.D. as the new Dean of the College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture (CESTA) and Director of 1890 Land Grant Programs at Central State University.

Dr. Corley has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the 1890 Land-Grant System (Teaching, Research, Extension), which includes matriculation of undergraduate and graduate students in the STEM areas of Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences (FANRHS) disciplines on both the global and domestic levels.  She has extensive experience in building strategic external partnerships at federal, state, and international levels.

Dr. Corley received her Doctor of Philosophy in Avian Molecular Immunology and Virology from Auburn University, Auburn, AL, Master of Science in Ruminant Nutrition and Rumen Microbiology from Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, and her Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Science from Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL.

“I am looking forward to leading the College of Engineering Science, Technology, and Agriculture in strengthening existing endeavors and building capacity to impact our stakeholders,” says Dr. Corley, who firmly believes in Central State University and the institution’s ability to fulfill the 1890 Land Grant tripartite mission of Teaching, Research, and Outreach Education. “I intend to operate with a high level of integrity, pursue excellence, be student centered, and to provide leadership through team building.”

“We are truly ecstatic to have Dr. Corley join us at Central State University and take a leadership role as Dean of CESTA. Having attended and worked her way through the faculty ranks at various land-grant institutions, I am confident that Dr. Corley will increase the intellectual capital and scholastic profile for this college” said, Dr. F. Erik Brooks, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Central State University.

To learn more about Dr. Corley, email or visit Central State University online at

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