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.


Rob 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 president and CEO of First Federal Savings in Newark. He is responsible for the overall management of the company and the establishment of objectives, policies and strategic plans. He provides leadership and direction to all departments. Thompson has more than 35 years of banking experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business (Finance) from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.​


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.


Bruce 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.


J. Park Shai III

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J. Park Shai III is the president and founder of Shai Commercial Real Estate Ltd. in Granville, Ohio.

A fixture in the local business landscape for more than two decades, Shai’s entrepreneurial instincts and management acumen have resulted in several successful business launches through the years, including catering and landscaping companies.


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.


Gordon “Gordy”​ Yance

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A resident of Mount Vernon, Mr. Yance retired in 2011 after working 33 years for First-Knox National Bank. He was CFO from 1978–2002 and served as president from 2002–2011. After his retirement, he served as chairman of the board.