Office of the President


President John M. Berry, PhD

President John Berry

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.


COTC is Ready to Fill Intel’s Skilled Workforce Pipeline

Prepare now to join the workforce of the future

Friends of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC),

For COTC, Intel’s announced plan to hire 70% of its Ohio workforce at the associate degree level draws welcome attention to the relevance of two-year degrees. This high-profile announcement reaffirms what our local industries have known for decades — associate degrees offer excellent career-ready training and skills that employers need.

Intel plans to hire 50% of its Ohio workforce in 2023-2024

For those interested in working for Intel or preparing for the many other advanced manufacturing jobs with current or incoming employers, the time to act is now. Intel recently announced it will hire 50% of its Ohio workforce in 2023-2024. And for COTC graduates, there’s good news. Intel representatives have reviewed COTC’s electrical engineering technology associate degree and found that our graduates will be well-positioned for technician jobs with Intel Ohio.

In addition to Central Ohio’s escalating need for engineering and advanced manufacturing technicians, increased demands for IT, healthcare, business and public safety professionals are projected to accompany business and population growth. Thankfully for central Ohioans, COTC was already a trusted regional leader in providing career training in these fields.

And, long before Intel’s announcement, COTC was hard at work redefining how we will prepare the workforce of tomorrow — for both established and new industries.

We’re invested in you

In addition to our low tuition, COTC offers more than $1 million in scholarships annually, making college an affordable option for a broad range of students. In Coshocton and Knox counties, the COTC Promise guarantees to fund the gap between tuition (instructional and general fees) and remaining student need for eligible students after all other private scholarships and institutional, federal and state aid are exhausted. Under the program, all tuition will be covered for students annually reporting a household income of $60,000 or less on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

College credit for what you know

Significantly, COTC also increases affordability by awarding college credit for what students already know, understanding that not all learning happens in the classroom. COTC will work to save students time and money by reviewing their work and other learning experiences and awarding college credit for those experiences when possible. Prior learning credit can be invaluable in helping students get into a career quickly and affordably.

Helping students succeed

COTC puts students first — offering academic, personal and wrap-around support services — always free. This year, the college redesigned its Student Success Center, which will provide holistic support for students throughout every aspect of their lives. Along with traditional tutoring and learning skills, success coaches will help students overcome other barriers that often lead to less than successful outcomes or even dropping out of school. Success coaches will connect students with local resources to help overcome barriers with housing, childcare, transportation, food insecurity and other challenges so they can stay on track with their academic program.

Flexibility to meet your needs

COTC is ready to help Ohioans gain the necessary career skills to join the workforce of the future by offering convenient, affordable and flexible training that will position them quickly for in-demand careers. To help students fit education into today’s busy lifestyles, COTC offers four convenient campus locations in Pataskala, Knox, NewarkCoshocton, plus online and hybrid course formats.

We encourage everyone, from high school students to those who want to change careers, to those who never thought college was for them, to take advantage of the many career opportunities possible to change or improve the trajectory of their lives.

Join us

The time is now, and we’re ready to do everything we can to help our students succeed. Because an extraordinary future is waiting.

John M. Berry, PhD


President’s Cabinet

Group portrait of the president's cabinet.

Front: Sarah Morrison, Dean of Enrollment Management; John M. Berry, PhD, President; John Davenport, PhD, Dean of Students

Middle: Brian Boehmer, Superintendent of Facilities and Support Services; Brianna Davis Johnson, PhD, Chief Diversity Officer; Jacqueline Parrill, EdD, Vice President and Chief of Staff

Back: Sanath Kumar, PhD, Director of Marketing and Public Relations; Kim Manno, JD, Director of Advancement; David Brillhart, EdD, Vice President for Business and Finance

Not pictured: Greg Ferenchak, PhD, Provost


COTC Legends of Loyalty

2019 Legends of Loyalty

The Legends of Loyalty award was established by the Office of the President to identify and recognize the recipients’ dedication and commitment to the college. It spotlights individuals who have, over the years, made a significant impact on the history of the college, and have gone above and beyond their required duties and proven unselfish allegiance.


Emeritus Honorees

Portrait of Sarah Reese Wallace standing outside Founders Hall.

Emeritus status is awarded to retired trustees, faculty and staff in recognition of their distinguished careers.