NEWARK, Ohio, May 26, 2017 – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., recently received the Zonta Club of Newark 2017 Woman of the Year Leadership Award. The award was presented to Coe on Saturday, May 13 at the 41st Annual Zonta Champagne Luncheon. The annual fundraising event is held at the Moundbuilders Country Club in Newark. Zonta is an international club of business women whose goal is to provide service and advocacy for women.
"I am honored to have received this award," said Coe. "It's humbling to be recognized in this way for doing what I believe is right. "
"Dr. Coe has a heart for people in need and has implemented many programs at the college to assist students and people in our community," said Zonta Club of Newark Vice President Judy DeBevoise. "She is a woman of integrity who exemplifies the spirit and image of Zonta and is an example to all."
The award honors a professional woman who is a leader in central Ohio and an inspiration to others in the community. Those selected must have significantly contributed to improving the lives of others through service and/or advocacy and possess the qualities of leadership, fairness, honorability and dependability. They also must be an example to others whose actions have helped change the lives of people throughout the community.
"Dr. Coe is involved in many ways throughout the central Ohio area to enhance the welfare of students and adults. For example, she recently partnered with Goodwill Industries to provide help for students who have transportation or vehicle repair needs so they could receive services at a low, affordable cost," said DeBevoise. "Staff, students and educators of all kinds hold her in high esteem. Dr. Coe's example demonstrates that she is all about giving back and paying it forward. Her high ethical level, integrity and action to support people demonstrate and capture the beautiful example of the Zonta mission and values."
Coe was appointed president of COTC in 2004. She has received several leadership awards including the 2005 Licking County Women of Achievement Award, the 2008 Knox County Chamber of Commerce's Women in Business Leadership Award and the 2015 Excellence in Higher Education Leadership Award presented by the American Council on Education (ACE) Women's Network-Ohio.
COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. 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.