Wright State University became an independent institution in 1967 and spent the next 50 years growing into an innovative leader in affordable and accessible education. In 2017, we celebrate the first 50 years and set the course for the next half century.

Celebrating 40 years of employee giving

Wright State University’s annual Campus Scholarship and Innovation Campaign (CSIC) launches March 12
Faculty, staff and retirees may choose among Wright State’s more than 1,900 scholarships and programs during the annual Campus Scholarship and Innovation Campaign “40 Years in the Making.”

Acceptance, belonging and teamwork voiced as Wright State strengths in latest community dialogue

The willingness to work together, the freedom to try new things and a strong sense of acceptance and community were among the strengths of Wright State voiced in the latest community dialogue session...

Mark A. Winters


I began at Wright State in 1979, and finished my education degree in 1984. I met my wife, Melissa Fails. Through Army ROTC, I had a successful 26-year career. My only regret is not walking in a graduation ceremony due to Army training; I might return someday and do that!

Roni Wilson-Vinson


I was active in many student organizations. They became a lab environment for me to witness in real life what I was learning in my communication classes. I manage a corporate university for Saba Software. Every day I use skills I gained and it made me a better leader.

Leroy L. Long III, Ph.D.

Alumnus, 2008

Thanks to my Wright STEPP Scholarship, I earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering debt-free. I received invaluable mentorship from administrators like Ruby Mawasha, developed leadership skills through clubs like the National Society of Black Engineers, and gained work experience at Toyota through organizations like INROADS.

Dawana "Dee" Thomas


Wright State taught me about diversity. I remember being one of the only African Americans in some of my classes—that opened my eyes to a world I now know how to embrace. I learned leadership. I went from working on campus to a H.S. principal that serves 2,000 students.