On October 21, 2014, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., dedicated a garden memorial to Jill H. Griesse, calling it a symbolic representation of her commitment to the future of the college, its students and the communities it serves.
“For a garden to thrive it requires constant attention, an annual reinvestment of time and resources and recognition that results may not be realized for years to come,” said Coe. “It is a wonderful illustration of Jill’s 23 years of service to the college and will be a constant reminder to each of us that we must carry on Jill’s legacy of commitment to the future.”
Griesse served on COTC’s board of trustees from 1991-2014. A champion for student access to higher
education, Griesse’s tenure oversaw COTC grow from one campus to four full-service campuses. In that time,
COTC served more than 55,000 students.
“The name Griesse is very familiar to me,” said Danielle Yost, COTC alumni and past recipient of the Jill H.
and Paul D. Griesse Scholarship. “The family has given so much to the university and its students. I was
fortunate that someone noticed my hard work and determination, and they believed in me enough to invest in
“I believe that the garden dedicated today is a prefect representation of Jill Griesse's memory and the legacy of
her family,” added student Rachael Del Cecato, current recipient of the Jill H. and Paul D. Griesse Scholarship.
“My future is being landscaped right here at COTC, and with the Griesse's support my future is ready to
blossom right alongside these gardens.”
The garden was generously donated by members of the 2014 board of trustees. It is located on the northwest
corner of the John Gilbert Reese Center in sight of the executive board room. Featuring daffodils from Griesse’s
private garden, both the flowers and the location were specifically selected to honor her legacy of cultivating
life for the next generation.
Central Ohio Technical College is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality,
accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as
encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in
achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service
campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.