Granville residents William T. McConnell and John C. "Jay" Barker were recognized at the 20th Annual Ohio Association of Community Colleges Excellence Awards. McConnell and Barker were selected by Central Ohio Technical College for their demonstrated commitment to the college.
McConnell received the Terry M. Thomas Friend of Community Colleges Award. The award is granted to an individual who has significantly advanced the cause of community college education in Ohio.
McConnell for 30 years has provided service and financial support to COTC and higher education, including serving as the campaign chairman for the Next Generation Challenge, a two-year fundraising campaign that raised nearly $21 million. He is a founding member of the Newark Campus Development Fund and currently serves as chairman of the fund.
Barker was nominated for the Distinguished Alumni Award, given to a graduate of one of Ohio's community colleges who has attained notable professional achievements and demonstrated a passionate level of commitment to the local community and higher education. A 1986 graduate, Barker is active on the COTC Alumni Council and will become president of the council in 2014.