Dr. Michael Gaines

Dr. Michael Gaines has over 20 years in positions serving the community.  Michael joined Central State University as the new Director of the Dayton location (formerly CSU-West) in 2015. Prior to this, he held various positions in the Dayton and Cincinnati area. These positions include a stint at Sinclair Community College as Senior Director of the School and Community Partnerships Division and Director of Youth and Young Adult Services for The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency. While working with Cincinnati Public Schools, he managed the Adult Education, Charter Schools and Homeschool initiatives. He brings with him a passion for community education and a proven track record of developing programming for youth, young adults, and adults.

Michael has over 25 years of experience in public speaking, having presented at national conferences, and at churches and non-profit organizations throughout the Midwest.  He is an aspiring author with his first book, Fail Into Success, scheduled for release in 2016.  He has served on a number of Dayton community boards including Parity Inc., Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Mound Street Academy.  His awards are varied including the Dayton Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award and Parity’s Top 10 African American Male award.

He holds a Bachelors of Arts from Morehead State University, a Masters of Arts in Adult and Higher Education from Morehead State University, and his Doctorate in Urban Education and Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.