Ohio State Newark and COTC Announce Plans and Public Campaign for New Academic Building

​​​NEWARK, Ohio, March 21, 2019 – At a press conference filled to overflowing with industry and community partners, state and local government officials, members of the public, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the media, leadership at The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) announced the planned construction of the newest addition to the Newark campus – the John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology. A public capital campaign announced at the press conference, the Building for our Future Campaign, will raise the final $4.9 million for the much-needed STEM building. COTC and Ohio State Newark have committed $17.6 million toward the project and have already secured support for an additional $9.5 million in private funds.

ImageWilliam L. MacDonald, Ph.D., executive dean of the regional campuses and dean/director, Ohio State Newark, thanked the Alford and Cantlin families for their generous lead gift of $2.5 million and emphasized how the Alford Center will address the critical need for laboratory, research and technology space to meet the demands of Ohio State Newark's growing enrollment. "We plan to begin offering a bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering technology in Newark, bringing the number of majors students can complete at this campus to 10," said MacDonald. "That growth would not be possible without the addition of the Alford Center."The $32 million project will add a three-story, 60,000 square foot facility dedicated to science and technology on their shared Newark campus. The building's anticipated completion date is spring 2021.

"This facility will also allow COTC to expand academic programming, enabling us to continue meeting the demand for workforce needs," said COTC President John M. Berry, Ph.D. COTC is very excited to announce plans for the Alford Center's state-of-the-art healthcare simulation center, which will allow students to gain hands-on experience with the continuum of healthcare settings from emergency transport, through x-ray and sonography, to anesthesia and surgery—all located in one central simulation laboratory.

Ronald B. Alford, son of John and Mary Alford and president of the Alford Foundation, spoke movingly of his parents' involvement in the Newark community and of their strong support of the Newark campus. "My parents were steadfast in their support for Ohio State Newark and COTC, and today, the Alford and Cantlin families are extremely proud to honor their legacy," he said. "We believe that this building will change lives for generations to come."

John and Mary Alford were unwavering supporters of COTC and Ohio State Newark for several decades. Through their early involvement and the continued involvement of their children, they have helped shape the college and university's co-located, cost-shared partnership as a model for other institutions of higher education around the country. In recognition of their parents' tremendous support of the local community and specifically the Newark campus, Ronald Alford and Barbara Cantlin, along with Barbara's husband, Michael, will be contributing a generous lead gift of $2.5 million. The leadership of Ohio State Newark and COTC are proud to honor Mr. and Mrs. Alford's extraordinary legacy of community involvement and support by naming this new facility the John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology.

Building for our Future Campaign Chair C. Daniel DeLawder and chairman of the board at Park National Corporation applauded the $9.5 million in support already pledged to the campaign by many business and community supporters, including the Gilbert Reese Family Foundation, the LeFevre Foundation, the Newark Campus Development Fund, Licking Memorial Health Systems and The Park National Bank and associates, among others. DeLawder then announced Ariel Corporation's generous $2 million campaign match. "We are extremely grateful to the Ariel Corporation," said DeLawder. "Students, employers and communities will reap the benefits of their generosity, and the generosity of so many others. I ask that you join me in supporting this important effort for the future of our community and the Newark campus."

David Stuller, Ariel Corporation's chief financial officer, said on behalf of Karen Buchwald Wright, president and CEO of Ariel Corporation, who was unable to attend the press conference, "As one of Ohio's largest manufacturers, we continue to build our workforce with an eye to the technological challenges of the future. The current economic boom, and the resurgence of American manufacturing, has clarified the significant need for a high-tech workforce, both today and into the foreseeable future. We are happy to support COTC and Ohio State Newark's efforts to address that challenge for Ohio's rising generations."

Success and growth have pushed the Newark campus to near capacity; the Alford Center will allow both institutions to expand academic programming, increase enrollment, enhance student success and better meet local workforce needs. Student enrollment at Ohio State Newark has grown 24 percent from 2013-2018. During 2016-2017, 532 COTC graduates earned degrees and certificates in healthcare fields.

Help us strengthen and develop science and technology studies by making a gift to our campaign to build the  Alford Center for Science and Technology at cotc.edu/give. ​

For information about the Building for our Future Campaign, naming opportunities in the Alford Center or how to make a gift, please contact Kim Manno, director of development, at 740-366-9135 or manno.18@osu.edu.

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 inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.