Ohio

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Gov. Kasich Makes Three Appointments to State Board of Education: Angela Thi Bennett, C. Todd Jones, Mark A. Smith

Gov. John Kasich has appointed the leader of a private, Christian university focused on online education to a vacant at-large seat on the state Board of Education and reappointed two current at-large members of the board.

Angela Thi Bennet, an East Cleveland lawyer, and C. Todd Jones, a Columbus lobbyist for the Ohio association of private colleges, were both reappointed to their seats.

Ohio Christian University President Mark A. Smith was appointed to an at-large seat.

Ohio Christian University is a nearly 3,000-student school in central Ohio, with most of its students attending classes online. Smith has served as its president since 2006.

Under his leadership, the school changed its name from Circleville Bible College and grew significantly. Enrollment rose nearly six-fold, with nearly all of that growth due to adult education and online courses.

Smith previously served as an administrator at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Earlier this month, Kasich appointed retired teacher Darryl Mehaffie to another open at-large seat on the state board.

There are a total of 19 members on the state board.

Eleven are elected and represent specific geographic regions. Eight at-large members are appointed by the governor. All of the current at-large members are Kasich appointees.

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