President John M. Berry, PhD
John M. Berry, PhD, assumed the role of COTC president on January 1, 2019, and is the college’s second sole president. He was unanimously selected by the COTC Board of Trustees after a nationwide search.
Having previously served as director of student life at COTC, Berry returned to the college after positions at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina; Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio; and most recently, BridgeValley Community and Technical College in Montgomery, West Virginia.
After starting his own education at a community college, Berry went on to earn a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from The Ohio State University.
The COTC Board of Trustees is charged by the Ohio Legislature with the responsibility of governing the college. Appointees of the board of trustees shall be qualified electors residing in the Central Ohio Technical College district. By charter granted by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the legal district of the college consists of the contiguous counties of Licking, Knox and Coshocton. The term of office shall be three years, and the board shall consist of nine members.
Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971. The college offered six associate degrees in one building. Today, COTC helps thousands of students every year in more than 50 programs achieve their full potential at four campus locations and online.
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Central Ohio Technical College approves, issues and maintains all college-wide policies using a consistent process and format. A college-wide process provides continuity, ease of access and understanding, and transparent guidance to the college community. Contact Jan Tomlinson, executive assistant to the president, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740.364.9510 with questions about policy content or how a policy applies.
Central Ohio Technical College’s 50th anniversary celebration is a special opportunity to:
- reflect on the last five decades of growth and accomplishment;
- honor the many stakeholders who have helped shape the institution;
- increase public awareness of the college’s role in strengthening our community; and
- celebrate what lies ahead as we look forward to the college’s next 50 years as a leading provider of an accessible, affordable and high-quality education for the diverse community of learners in Licking, Coshocton and Knox counties.