Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks, who has starred in blockbuster films such as Forrest Gump, Apollo 13 and Saving Private Ryan, gave a glowing endorsement of Wright State’s arts programs during a news conference Oct. 20 to announce that the university’s Collaborative Education, Leadership and Innovation in the Arts (CELIA) center has been designated an Ohio Center of Excellence for the arts.
A taped video of Hanks was played during the news conference at Wright State’s Student Union.
“Wright State is training the artists of tomorrow. I know because I’ve worked with some of Wright State’s alumni, and they’re among the best in their fields,” Hanks said. “Wright State not only has one of the most outstanding arts programs in Ohio, but one of the best in the entire nation.”
Hanks is also a producer, writer and director. U.S. domestic box office totals for his films exceed $4 billion.