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Outstanding Business Alumna Honored

Nov 5, 2009
The Ohio Northern University James F. Dicke College of Business Administration presented Cheryl (Burcham) Cotner with the Outstanding Service Award on Saturday, Oct. 10.

The award, given annually at Homecoming, honors individuals who have provided sustained and outstanding service to and whose contributions have positively impacted the College of Business Administration and Ohio Northern. This is the second year that the Distinguished Alumni Awards have been presented by the college.

"Cheryl Cotner is a clear example of an alumna who has given, and continues to give, sustained service to the college and University," said Dr. Jim Fenton, dean of the College of Business Administration. "Just one example is the work she has done in recruiting high school students to attend ONU. In addition, she is an active mentor to the students who go through our business program. She has also assisted in getting alumni of the college re-engaged to the institution. She is a wonderful role model for our students, and we are grateful for all she does."

Cotner earned a degree in business administration from Northern in 1968. Since graduation, she has become one of the most loyal and active members of the Ohio Northern family, receiving the Ohio Northern University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.

Cotner has served as past president and vice president of the Alumni Association and currently serves as a member of ONU's Board of Trustees. She also served her alma mater in the past several years as vice chairman of the personnel committee, past vice chairman of the development committee and as a member of the advancement committee for the Board of Trustees. She currently serves on the student affairs committee and the committee for trusteeship.

One of Cotner's greatest honors was serving on the Presidential Search Committee, which brought Dr. Kendall L. Baker, Ohio Northern University president, and his wife, Toby, to Ada.

Equally involved in her hometown of Troy, Ohio, Cotner is the executive director of The Future Begins Today, a nonprofit, privately funded group working with the Troy school district to help students succeed in school. She is also a member of numerous civic organizations, including Leadership Troy, the Graduate Leadership Academy, the Troy Rotary and the Country Workshop Artists.

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