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Carey named to Ohio Board of Regents

Apr. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

WELLSTON, Ohio -- Former State Representative and State Senator John Carey who represented the eastern half of Lawrence County was named Wednesday as chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents by Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich.

Carey, former Wellston mayor, most recently served as assistant to the president for government relations and strategic initiatives at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth. He served nine years in the Ohio House and eight years in the Ohio Senate.

"Monday will be my first day as chancellor," Carey said Wednesday. "I hadn't thought about the job until they approached me about it. I have really concentrated on trying to bring jobs to the area. I want us to have an education workforce that can do that. There currently are 80,000 jobs available. I want to see what we can do to customize and provide training opportunities to fill those jobs.

"I want to align higher education with job opportunities," Carey said. "I also want to work closely with the state Department of Education.

As chancellor, Carey will oversee the university system of Ohio, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the nation, according to a news release from Kasich's office.

The appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Ohio Senate where Carey served. He replaces Jim Petro who retired Feb. 1. Dr. Stephanie Davidson has been serving as interim chancellor for about three months.

"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," Kasich said in a prepared release.

"This is great news for higher education throughout Ohio," said Shawnee State University President Rita Rice Morris. "John has made great strides at Shawnee State in the areas of enhancing our role in economic development and supporting our mission of open access for all students. He has a clear understanding of the issues faced by our parents, students, institutions, government leaders and businesses. We all benefit from having someone like him leading our efforts throughout the state. We appreciate all that he has done for us and we look forward to continuing to work with him as Chancellor."

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