Distinguished Alumnus Award- Ohio Association of Community Colleges 



Naomi Mattingly Compton 

May 15, 2009—Newark, OH—Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) officials today announced that college alumna Naomi Mattingly Compton was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award during the 2009 Ohio Association of Community College’s (OACC) Excellence Awards Luncheon in Columbus, Ohio. The award is annually presented to individuals who have graduated from a certificate or degree program of an Ohio community college and who have exhibited qualities of community and professional leadership. The award recipients are nominated by a trustee or president of an Ohio community college.

Compton, a resident of Alexandria, is the business manager and co-owner of Ed Compton Construction, Inc. She is the former director of community education for the Legacy Geropsychiatric Unit, Columbus Community Hospital and has 24 years of experience in the business, geriatric, and healthcare industries. Compton has served the people of central Ohio in a variety of volunteer leadership capacities including founder of the Franklin County Task Force on Aging and as a member or chair of several boards and organizations, including Alexandria Village Council, Alexandria Zoning and Planning Commission, and Parker Community Park Board of Trustees. Compton earned her Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology at COTC and a BA in health communications at Capital University.

“We are thrilled that the OACC has selected Naomi for this honor,” said COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. “Her career pathway, continual pursuit of educational opportunities and dedication to serving her community made her an outstanding nominee for this prestigious award.”

The Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) is a voluntary association of Ohio’s 23 public community colleges. The Association was founded in 1993 as a single forum for advocacy, communication, recognition, trustee education and trustee-president cooperation. The OACC is the recognized voice of the community college movement in Ohio.


Sheriff David B. Barber 

July 10, 2008 – Newark, OH -- COTC is pleased to announce that a graduate of the college, Knox County Sheriff David B. Barber, has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2008 from the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC).

The Distinguished Alumnus Award highlights the contribution of an individual to the improvement of their community through achievement, service and participation in a public or civic organization in which they have exhibited the qualities of community and professional leadership.

One of only six awardees from across the state, Sheriff Barber is a Mount Vernon resident who earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice in 1982. His nomination form states, "Few careers can be described as philanthropic, allowing an individual to contribute something of value on a daily basis."

Mr. Barber has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and a long-time interest in public service. He is an active member in several organizations, including the Knox County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Knox County 911 Board, and the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.

Sheriff Barber has been re-elected to serve four consecutive terms as Knox County Sheriff and has received numerous awards, including the 2003 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Ohio State Grange, and the 1996 Ohio Law Enforcement Distinguished Service Award. One of his highest professional achievements was the recent CALEA International Law Enforcement Accreditation of the Knox County Sheriff's Department. CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.) approves accreditation after a rigorous self-study process.

Recognizing the importance of education, Mr. Barber went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Ohio Dominican College after completing his associate degree. He has also completed advanced training from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy.

The OACC is an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a nonprofit organization whose overriding mission is to "Build a Nation of Learners by Advancing America's Community Colleges."

Central Ohio Technical College is a two-year 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 operates campus locations in Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.



The Newark Campus

1179 University Drive
Newark, OH 43055

The Coshocton Campus

200 North Whitewoman Street
Coshocton, OH 43812

The Knox Campus

236 S. Main St
Mount Vernon Ohio 43050

The Pataskala Campus

8660 East Broad Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

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