NEWARK, Ohio, Sept. 28, 2018 – The value and transformative impact of education is why Melanie Bolender has spent the majority of her career in higher education. She most recently took on the role of assistant director of development for Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark.
"Advocating for education comes naturally, and I consider it a privilege to serve in a position that can help more students achieve their educational goal," she said. "As an advocate for COTC and Ohio State Newark, I look forward to enhancing relationships with donors, alumni, students and local constituents."
Bolender may be a familiar face to some. She previously served as the campus administrator at COTC's Coshocton campus. She has also worked at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
"I have always highly valued education, and I recognize its integral connection to our community," she said. "Regional campuses play a vital role in our state's educational system."
Bolender is especially excited to help raise funds for a new science and technology building that will address the growing need for laboratory, research and technology space on the Newark campus.
"It will be a long-term investment in our region's economy, strengthening connections and collaborations with local business and industry," Bolender said.
She also looks forward to growing the support of the Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Memorial Fund that awards a $1,000 stipend to a graduate of each COTC's Peace Officer Basic Training classes.
Her most recent experience was as director of development for Ohio Eastern Star Home, a long-term care community in Mount Vernon. While there she led a $4.5 million capital campaign. Bolender also volunteers as the chairperson of the development committee for Ariel-Foundation Park and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2015.
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.