NEWARK, Ohio, Dec. 4, 2018 – Barry M. Riley, a 26-year member of Central Ohio Technical College's (COTC) Board of Trustees was recently honored with the Founders Award by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC). Presenting the award were OACC President and CEO Jack Hershey and OACC Founding Executive Director Terry Thomas. The Founders Award was created by the OACC to recognize those trustees who were instrumental in the establishment of the association. The Founders Award provides current association members with an opportunity to publicly recognize the contributions of those individuals who, through their hard work and dedication, paved the way for the organization today.
"Barry Riley has not only played an instrumental role in the evolution and growth of the college during his incredible board tenure, but he also played a vital role in the establishment of the OACC," noted Thomas.
Riley is the only living OACC Founding Trustee who has not been presented with the Founders Award, primarily because the award was only presented to community college trustees who ended their board service in the previous year. Due to Riley's exceptional dedication and hard work, the OACC made a special exception to allow Riley to be recognized while still serving. In the state of Ohio there are only two other community college trustees who have served longer.
Riley served as a founding member of the OACC Governing Board's executive committee and served a two-year term as vice chair. In 2016, he received the OACC's Maureen O'Grady Award for Special Achievement in recognition of his demonstrated extraordinary leadership and outstanding professional contributions he has made to the college and the surrounding community. That same year he was presented with COTC's Legends of Loyalty Award, the college's highest honor, for his dedication to the college and its students. A resident of Newark since 1958, Riley has a long record of community and public service with an emphasis on education.
"Barry's hard work and dedication have ensured the continued success and prosperity of not only COTC's students, but of students at all of Ohio's community colleges," said COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. "We are incredibly grateful for his service and commitment to higher education."
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.
Caption: Left to right: Jack Hershey, OACC president & CEO; Barry M. Riley, OACC Founders Award recipient and COTC board member; and Terry Thomas, OACC founding executive director.