The Ohio State University at Newark


Office of Advancement

Welcome to The Ohio State University at Newark Office of Advancement web page.

The Office of Advancement seeks to forward the mission, vision, goals and objectives of The Ohio State University at Newark. Specifically, we coordinate, manage and implement fundraising efforts from public and private sources to make scholarships available and advance key programmatic initiatives; work with the campus community to determine institutional fundraising goals; and develop partnerships with community stakeholders to implement state-of-the-art programming.

Our donors have a tremendous impact on the quality of our programs, teaching and facilities. The campus has a history of community and alumni support, which has been a great factor in its growth and development.

Our students are our greatest asset, and your gifts enable the campus to improve the quality of our student's experience, enriching their lives through education. Thank you for your present and/or future support.

A History of Giving

  • In 1966, the Newark community embarked on a fundraising campaign to establish a permanent state-owned building for The Ohio State University's Newark branch that would make available both day and evening classes for local students. More than 7,000 Licking County contributors pledged funds in excess of $1 million, far exceeding the local campaign goal of $625,000. Founders Hall was constructed as the first building on the Newark campus, and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) joined the campus as a co-located partner in 1971.
  • In the early 1980s, several Newark community members spearheaded a $2.5 million fundraising drive and founded the Newark Campus Development Fund (NCDF), a permanent, locally-controlled endowment to support Ohio State Newark and COTC. Because of extraordinarily generous donors, NCDF has been able to award millions of dollars in scholarships, grants, technology upgrades, and capital improvements to both COTC and Ohio State Newark.
  • In the late 1990s, more than $10 million was raised as part of the "Our Campus for Tomorrow Campaign" to fund a new technology center on the Newark campus. The John Gilbert Reese Center opened in 2003 and today stands as one of the most technologically advanced teaching and learning facilities in the region.
  • In 2010, J. Gilbert and Louella H. Reese called the Newark and surrounding communities to action with a $10 million "Next Generation Challenge" to support the growth of endowed scholarships for students attending Ohio State Newark and COTC. The campaign achieved profound success through a tremendous outpouring of community generosity, surpassing the $20 million goal by nearly $1 million and making it the most successful fundraising effort in the history of the Newark campus.
  • The William T. and Jane C. McConnell Residence Hall was completed in July 2017 and honorifically named after the McConnells in recognition of their decades of service and generosity to the Newark campus and their dedication to accessible higher education. The $13.9 million project was funded by Ohio State, but more than $550,000 was raised in private funds from forty donors to support student-centered programming for residential students, continued maintenance of the residence halls, and future expansion of residential opportunities at the Newark campus. Read more.
  • The John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology, completed in 2021, occupies the southwest region of the campus’s academic core. The three-story, 60,000-square-foot building houses classrooms, science labs, research labs, student study areas, conference rooms and faculty offices to address both institutions’ growing need for additional laboratory, research, technology and student-centered space. Although COTC and Ohio State Newark will share all general classrooms, smart labs and common areas, each institution has its own dedicated space within the building. The Alford Center is a long-term investment in our region’s economy and will strengthen campus connections and collaborations with local business and industry to meet growing workforce needs. Construction of the Alford Center cost approximately $32 million. COTC and Ohio State Newark invested a combined $18 million, and 281 unique donors pledged nearly $14 million to support the construction of the building. Ohio State Newark and COTC recognize many business and community supporters, including Ariel Corporation, the Gilbert Reese Family Foundation, the LeFevre Foundation, the Newark Campus Development Fund, Park National Bank and its associates, and Licking Memorial Health Systems, among others for their support.
    The name of this state-of-the-art facility pays tribute to John and Mary Alford, who were unwavering supporters of COTC and Ohio State Newark for several decades. In recognition of their parents’ tremendous support of the local community and specifically the Newark campus, Ronald Alford and Barbara and Michael Cantlin pledged a generous lead gift of $2.5 million.


Kim Manno, J.D., CFRE | Director of Advancement
manno.18@osu.edu | (740) 366-9135 direct line | (740) 366-9242 fax

Melanie Bolender | Assistant Director of Advancement
bolender.16@osu.edu | (740) 755-7140 direct line | (740) 366-9242 fax

Pat Whilding | Alumni Relations Manager
whilding.1@osu.edu | (740) 366-9136 direct line | (740) 366-9242 fax

Laura Walsh | Advancement Office Associate
walsh.276@osu.edu | (740) 364-9514 direct line | (740) 366-9242 fax

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