Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) recognized Coshocton resident Marion Sutton with the college’s Legends of Loyalty award during a recent Coshocton Campus Town Hall and presidential reception celebrating COTC’s 50th Anniversary. The Legends of Loyalty award, the highest honor bestowed by the college, was established in 2011 to recognize individuals who have impacted the college through their selfless service and unwavering support. Sutton’s name will be added to a perpetual plaque that hangs in the Office of the President. A $1,000 scholarship will be given to a COTC student in her honor, and she will be presented with an engraved glass clock. In recognition of her award, Sutton was also presented with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs. The certificate was presented by Jennifer Kiko, director of outreach for the congressman.
Her association with COTC began in the mid-2000s as a member of the Coshocton Campus Campaign Cabinet, which collectively raised more than $5 million from 149 local donors to renovate the former Inn at Roscoe Village and establish a permanent home for COTC’s Coshocton campus.
Sutton continued her affiliation with the college by serving on the Coshocton Campus Advisory Board from 2007 to 2011. She was then appointed to COTC’s Board of Trustees in 2014 and continues in that capacity to this day. In addition to her board tenure, she also serves as the chair of the Board Development Committee.
Professionally, Sutton was involved for nearly 40 years with Jones Metal Products, a company her grandfather founded in 1923. After joining the board of directors in 1981, she served as vice chair from 1993 to 2000 with oversight for the Jones Zylon Company, a division of Jones Metal Products, and as chairman of the board from 2000 until her retirement in 2019.
She is an active community servant, currently serving as a board member for the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum Foundation and the Clary Gardens Foundation. She previously served on the board of the Coshocton County Port Authority, Coshocton County Airport Authority, Coshocton C.A.R.E.S., and the Finance Committee of the Coshocton Foundation.
In addition, she is a thoughtful and generous philanthropist. She was a lead donor for the Montgomery Hall capital campaign and has supported projects at COTC’s Newark campus including the construction of the John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology. In 2013, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Jones Metal Products, she established a scholarship at the Coshocton Foundation for adult students who are seeking education and training to compete in today’s job markets.
Through her advocacy and actions, she has demonstrated a belief in the importance of making quality higher education accessible to her fellow community members. Her extraordinary leadership and contributions have advanced the mission and shaped the future of COTC, most especially in her hometown of Coshocton.
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.