Board of Trustees


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.


Robert A. Montagnese


Mr. Montagnese is President & CEO of Licking Memorial Health Systems.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Wittenberg University and a Master of Healthcare Administration from The Ohio State University.  Additionally, he is a certified public accountant and a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.


Paul M. Thompson​

Vice Chair

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Thompson is a banking consultant, specializing in the mortgage banking space.  He spent 23 years as President and CEO at First Federal in Newark before retiring and beginning his consulting work.  Thompson has more than 38 years of banking experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business (Finance) from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.​

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J. Andrew Crawford, Esq.

A partner at Newark, Ohio law firm of Reese Pyle Meyer PLL since 1989, Crawford is a 1981 graduate of Indiana University Bloomington School of Law, where he was the managing editor of the Indiana Law Journal. Crawford has extensive experience in litigation, general business and real estate law.


Andrew Guanciale

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Guanciale is a Realtor with the Guanciale Group of Coldwell Banker Reality in Licking County. A native of Newark, Guanciale graduated from Newark Catholic High School and received a bachelor’s degree in business finance from Capital University. He is a third-generation real estate agent and has been with Coldwell Banker for more than 20 years.


Bruce E. Hawkins

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Highlights of Bruce Hawkins’ work experience include 18 years as the CEO of the Management Council of the Ohio Education Computer Network (technology organization serving all of Ohio’s Schools), over 11 years as Knox County Educational Service Center superintendent and 11 years of experience as local superintendent and county office supervisor.


Mark S. Law, MD

Dr. Mark Law is an eye physician and surgeon at the Center For Sight in Newark since 1992. Law holds a bachelor of science in chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a graduate from the Medical College of Virginia. He specializes in cataract surgery and treatment of various ocular diseases. Law has served on several boards and organizations in central Ohio. 


Cheryl L. Snyder​

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Cheryl L. Snyder is Chief Retail Officer and Senior Vice President at The Park National Bank, a $9 billion bank headquartered in Newark, Ohio. Ms. Snyder has direct responsibility for consumer loan portfolios, including indirect lending and residential home lending. Her responsibilities also include retail deposit strategy and channel delivery.


Marion Mulligan Sutton

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Marion Mulligan Sutton is retired chairperson of Jones Metal Products Company in Coshocton County. She was the third chair of the company, following her father and grandfather.  Prior to work in manufacturing, she held management positions in hospitals in Pittsburgh and New York City.  She holds a BA in English from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and an MS in Medical and Hospital Administration from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.


Rhoda S. Warnock

Rhoda Warnock is the CEO/CFO of Coshocton Grain Company. She began her career as a computer specialist at CGC following her graduation from Central Ohio Technical College in 1984.

Rhoda currently serves as vice president of the Montgomery Foundation, Director of Our Town Coshocton, and Director for the Ohio Agribusiness Association.