May 7, 2018, 2018, Newark, OH— Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) awarded an honorary degree to longtime Mount Vernon, Ohio, resident Nancy R. Vail at the college's spring commencement ceremony, held on Friday, May 4, at the college's Newark campus. Vail was presented an honorary Associate of Applied Business by COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. in front of a crowd of several hundred graduates and attendees. Members of Vail's family and friends were also in attendance to celebrate Vail's recognition. COTC has only rarely granted honorary degrees and recognizing Vail was an especially significant action by the college.
COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., presented an honorary Associate of Applied Business to Mount Vernon resident Nancy Vail at the college's Spring 2018 Commencement on May 4.
"The recipient has dedicated her life to serving the people of Mount Vernon and Knox County," said Coe. "Her many accolades over the years include the 1989 Cooper Industries Outstanding Community Service Award, 1996-99 Ohio Clerk of Courts Education Award and Service to Knox County Award, and the 2015 Ambassador of the Year Award from the Chamber of Commerce."
Vail was employed by Cooper Energy Services, formerly the Cooper-Bessemer Corporation, for 42 years. She was a longtime member of the Mount Vernon City Council and Knox County Common Pleas Clerk of Court. Through the years she has served many community service organizations, including: The Ohio State University Knox County Extension Services Board of Directors; Community Concerts Board Member and Officer; Board for Republican Women of Knox County; Chamber of Commerce Ambassador; Charter member of Heritage Center, now Main Street Mount Vernon; city representative to Knox County Visitors Bureau Board of Directors; and city representative to Knox County Regional Planning.
"Vail was instrumental in establishing a campus in downtown Mount Vernon and has shown unwavering support for the college over many years," noted Coe.
"I'm very pleased to receive this degree, because I've long been a supporter of COTC," said Vail. "Having COTC in Knox County is just wonderful for our community; the college does a lot of important work and offers opportunities to many."
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.