Jane Cook McConnell, 1956
B.S., Denison University
Citation awarded May, 1992
As an extraordinarily committed volunteer, Jane Cook McConnell has contributed immeasurably to her community’s mental health services, educational standards, opportunities for the disadvantaged, and support of the arts. In May of 1990, she received the Licking County “Woman of Achievement Award”, a prestigious award in the Central Ohio area.
Jane’s most recent election was as the new chair of the Central Ohio Technical College, where she has served on the board of trustees since 1985.
Jane has served two terms on the Newark City Board of Education, and has been on the board of the Moundbuilders Guidance Center for the past 12 years. She was instrumental in passing the first 10-year mental health levy which has doubled the services available to the county. As president of the Licking County Health Camp Association and board member for eight years, she facilitated a summer camp experience each year for 300 disadvantaged children.
She has also served as vice president and director of L.E.A.D.S. (the Licking County community action agency), on the Juvenile Court 156 review board, and on the board of the local art gallery.
Beginning in July 1991, Jane was instrumental in launching the “A CALL TO COLLEGE” program at Newark High School dedicated to ensuring that every qualified graduate has an opportunity to pursue higher education.
Jane has served her alma mater by being a member of the Board of Trustees from 1975 to 1981 and as secretary and treasurer of the Alumni Council.