COTC Announces New Board Member

NEWARK, Ohio, Nov. 29, 2017—Paul Thompson, president and CEO of First Federal Savings in Newark, Ohio, has been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) board of trustees. Thompson has 30 years of banking experience and at First Federal is responsible for the overall management of the company and the establishment of objectives, policies and strategic plans.

Prior to joining First Federal, Thompson held the position of vice president/regional manager for Fifth Third Bank in Columbus, where he oversaw the integration of more than 60 banking centers throughout central Ohio in the merger of State Savings Bank with the Fifth Third banking system. Prior to the merger, Thompson worked for State Savings Bank for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business (Finance) from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Thompson is active in many community/industry organizations, including: Ohio Bankers League (Columbus, Ohio), board of directors; American Bankers Association (Washington, D.C.); First Federal Foundation (Newark, Ohio), board of trustees; Licking Memorial Hospital (Newark, Ohio), board of directors; Newark Campus Development Fund (Newark, Ohio), board of trustees; and the Newark Rotary Club, among others.

Thompson is filling the board seat vacated by Sarah Wallace, First Federal Savings board chair, whose COTC board term expired in September 2017. Wallace has been appointed an emeritus trustee by the COTC board.

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 C ollege Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. 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. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.