Public Invited to Learn about the Future of the Newark Campus

Campaign Kick-off for Alford Center for Science and Technology Coming

NEWARK, Ohio, February 28, 2019—All members of the public are invited to learn about plans for the next addition to the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College. The John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology will address the critical need for laboratory, research and technology space at the campus. Success and growth at Ohio State Newark and COTC have pushed the Newark campus to near capacity. Once completed, the three-story, 60,0000 square-foot Alford Center will allow COTC and Ohio State Newark to expand academic programming, increase enrollment, enhance student success and better meet local workforce needs. COTC and Ohio State Newark have together committed $17.6 million toward the project and have already secured support for more than an additional $9.3 million in private funds. This facility will pay tribute to John and Mary Alford's incredible legacy of community involvement and support. AlfordCtr Rendering-web.jpg

The John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology Press Conference and Special Announcement

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Press Conference: 1:30 p.m.

Reception: 2–2:30 p.m.

The John Gilbert Reese Center

Melissa Warner Bow Grand Ballroom

1209 University Drive

Newark, Ohio 43055

Speakers:
John M. Berry, Ph.D. president, Central Ohio Technical College

William L. MacDonald, Ph.D., dean/director, The Ohio State University at Newark

C. Daniel DeLawder, Building For Our Future campaign chair
Ronald B. Alford, executive director, John and Mary Alford Foundation

John and Mary Alford were unwavering supporters of COTC and Ohio State Newark for several decades. Through their early involvement and the continued involvement of their children, they have helped shape the college and university's co-located, cost-shared partnership as a model for other institutions of higher education around the country. In recognition of their parents' tremendous support of the local community and specifically the Newark campus, Ronald Alford and Barbara Cantlin, along with Barbara's husband, Michael, will be contributing a generous lead gift of $2.5 million. The leadership of Ohio State Newark and COTC are proud to honor Mr. and Mrs. Alford's extraordinary legacy of community involvement and support by naming this new facility The John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology.

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 inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.