Gov. John Kasich has named John Carey, who served nine years in the Ohio House of Representatives and eight years in the Ohio Senate, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.
Most recently, Carey was assistant to the president for Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth. As chancellor, Carey will lead the University System of Ohio — the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the nation. One of his top priorities will be to further Kasich’s efforts to better integrate higher education into the state’s job creation and workforce development efforts.
“Gov. Kasich has chosen wisely in selecting an experienced state policymaker in John Carey to be Ohio’s next chancellor of the Board of Regents,” Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee said. As the rare lawmaker to serve as both house and senate Finance Committee chair, John Carey was instrumental in guiding Ohio through tough but fair state budgets for nearly two decades.
“Having left the legislature to work closely with Shawnee State, our new chancellor understands our universities as well as our statehouse,” Gee said. “I look forward to partnering with him as we work toward our shared goal of making Ohio’s system of higher education the finest in the country.”
Carey replaces Jim Petro, who retired Feb. 1. Stephanie Davidson has been serving as interim chancellor since Petro’s retirement.
Said Kasich, “John Carey can help to continue to transform Ohio’s system of universities into a university system, and in doing so, higher education can become a stronger partner in Ohio’s job creation efforts. As Chancellor, Carey will work with businesses to ensure that coursework and curricula give students the skills they need to meet the needs of employers. The reforms we’ve made to date have led to greater collaboration among the universities, an increased emphasis on research commercialization, and a funding plan that focuses on improving graduation rates. As a result, universities can better control their costs and help more Ohioans get their degrees so they are better prepared for the jobs that exist. John Carey is a thoughtful, devoted public servant who focused on job creation throughout his legislative career, and I am excited to see him inject this job creation mentality into the Ohio Board of Regents.”