COTC Alumni Award Winners Announced

NEWARK, Ohio, December 8, 2016 – Two Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) graduates are being recognized for the work they are doing for the college and in the community.  Licking County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Jennifer McDonald and COTC Nursing Instructor Jeri Whiteus were given awards at the COTC Alumni Holiday Reception held on Dec. 7.

McDonald received the COTC Outstanding Alumni Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize COTC Alumni who have personal and/or professional achievement that brings honor and distinction to the college and individual attainment and/or contributions for the betterment of our community. McDonald graduated from COTC in 1990. She served as marketing director for the Licking County Convention and Visitor's Bureau from 1991 to 2004. In 2004 she became vice president at the Licking County Chamber of Commerce and served in that role until October, 2016 when she was named president and CEO. McDonald was also one of the founding members of the COTC Alumni Council.

(l-r) Dr. Bonnie L. Coe, COTC president, Jennifer McDonald, Jan Tomlinson, assistant to the president, Kevin Carver, COTC Alumni Council

"On several occasions, Jennifer has served as an advocate for the college, providing comments as an alumni during a recent COTC commencement and also congratulating the college on our 45th anniversary through a video clip," said COTC Assistant to the President Jan Tomlinson who nominated McDonald for the award. "It is an honor to nominate Jennifer McDonald for the COTC Outstanding Alumni Award, and I look forward to our continued work with the Licking County Chamber under Jennifer's leadership."

The Outstanding Alumni Award, which was presented annually from 1982 until 2002, was reinstated in 2009 as the college seeks to recognize alumni who are excelling in their careers, giving back to the community and helping to advance the college.

Whiteus received the COTC Alumni Transitions Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize COTC alumni faculty and staff, who have made the transition from student to partner in career development, making a difference in the lives of current students.

(l-r) Dr.Bonnie L. Coe, COTC president, Jeri Whiteus, Dr. Lauri White, COTC vice president for academic affairs, Kevin Carver, COTC Alumni Council

Whiteus graduated from COTC in 1992 with an associate degree in nursing. She went on to get a bachelor's degree from Ohio University in 2004 and a master's degree in nursing education from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2012. Whiteus returned to COTC as a part-time clinical instructor and later became full-time faculty.

"Jeri helps to advance the college by being an active participant in both department and college committees," said Dean of Health Sciences Sandy Walker who nominated Whiteus for the award. "She was nominated for Teacher of the Year at COTC both in 2013 and 2016. She was also recognized in Ohio Magazine for excellence in education in 2014."

"We are proud of our alumni's professional achievements, personal attainment and dedication to the community," said COTC Director of Development Matt Kelly. "We created the Alumni Program to serve as the principal link between the college and its alumni, and we encourage all COTC alumni to participate."

For additional information regarding the alumni awards or the Alumni Program, or to update your contact information with the college, please contact Laura Walsh at 740.364.9514 or email

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential.  COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.