Faculty and Staff Members Graduate from Licking County Leadership Class

NEWARK, Ohio– Four faculty and staff members on the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) recently graduated from the Community Leadership of Licking County program. The program is put on by the Licking County Chamber of Commerce.  COTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Lauri White, Ed.D., Assistant Director of Development Kim Manno, J.D., Office of Student Life Administrative Assistant Elaine Stevens and Ohio State Newark Associate Professor of English Elizabeth Weiser, Ph.D., took part in the nine month program.

"The Chamber's leadership model has made me aware of the importance of focusing on our strengths, something I've now incorporated into my work with students as well," said Weiser. "Its class connections helped me find wonderful new mentors for my writing students. Most of all, the program made me aware of the web of complex issues in our county. I understand and appreciate much better our campus's place in the larger community, and I am excited to continue our involvement with so many good people working at all levels to make this a great place to live."

The mission of Community Leadership of Licking County is to identify and develop leaders who will strengthen our community through active engagement. The purpose of the program is to strengthen individual leadership skills, expand knowledge of community challenges and opportunities, and create a county-wide leadership network of current and former participants. This program is a catalyst to identify and develop leaders who will strengthen our community through active engagement.

Participants are selected for the class from education, business, healthcare, industry, and other agencies throughout the county. Class sessions are held one day per month from September through May.  The four faculty and staff members from Ohio State Newark and COTC were part of a graduating class of 22.

"This class is the 34th class of the Community Leadership Program," said Licking County Chamber President and CEO Cheri Hottinger. "Since its inception, the Chamber has produced over 850 alumni." 

Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.