To honor former longtime Central Ohio Technical College President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., the COTC Board of Trustees recently rededicated the Newark campus's Hall House as the Hall-Coe House. Coe retired from the presidency on December 31, 2018. She held the role of president since 2004 and had also served the college as vice president and dean of faculty from 2001.
Coe was honored at a private rededication ceremony on the Hall-Coe House steps on May 6.
"We spent many years living in this house and have such fond memories of many COTC and family events hosted here," said Coe after the ribbon-cutting. "I am very grateful to the COTC board for this honor.
Originally a farmhouse built in 1908 by William C. Hall, the house was purchased in spring 1990 by the Thomas J. Evans Foundation. Renovation was overseen by Louella H. Reese and much of the décor at that time was provided by the Evans Foundation and J. Gilbert and Louella Reese. Anne Federlein, Ph.D., COTC president and dean/director at The Ohio State University at Newark from 1999 to 2004, was the first campus administrator to reside in the house. Coe became the second resident and the first sole COTC president to reside there. John M. Berry, Ph.D., who succeeded Coe as president, took over residency in January 2019.
In April 2016, the home was included in the Historic Homes Tour held by the Licking County Historical Society.