Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro will retire from public service next year. In an announcement today, Petro set a “tentative” retirement date of Feb. 1.
Petro was appointed by Gov. John Kasich in March 2011 to oversee Ohio’s state university system. Petro previously served as state attorney general and state auditor, among other elected and appointed public roles.
Under Petro’s leadership, the Board of Regents focused on increasing commercialization of university research, evaluating and improving Ohio’s teacher preparation programs, and consolidating the technology resources overseen by the board.
In a written statement, Petro said he was honored to have served as state chancellor.
“Together we set an aggressive course for Ohioans to achieve a higher level of degrees and credentials of value that will help improve our state’s overall economic success,” he said.
Petro previously pushed to consolidate the Ohio Department of Education and the Board of Regents. While that has not happened, the Board of Regents does plan to move into the same office building as the Department of Education by the end of this year.
In a written statement, Kasich praised Petro’s work.
He’s helped change a system that needed changing and has been a committed advocate for Ohioans of all ages who want to learn, upgrade their skills and make their futures brighter. I’ll miss working with him, but wish him and [his wife] Nancy well in this new chapter of their life together,” Kasich said.