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Kasich appoints Fingerhut’s replacement for chancellor

Ohio Gov. John Kasich appointed fellow Republican Jim Petro as the eighth chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents on Monday. Petro replaces Eric Fingerhut, who resigned from his position last week.

“Throughout his professional life, Jim Petro has dedicated himself to exceptional service on behalf of the citizens of Ohio,” Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee said in a press release. “He has a well-earned reputation for building bipartisan consensus, and his understanding of the inextricable link between higher education and economic development is longstanding and deep. I look forward to working with Chancellor Petro to strengthen our state’s educational infrastructure.”

With advice and consent from the senate, the governor appoints members of the Board of Regents. The chancellor oversees a nine-member advisory board, which reports on the condition of higher education in the state, according to the Ohio Board of Regents website.

Petro, 62, was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1980, where he served for four years. In 1991, he became County Commissioner for Cuyahoga County. In 1994, he was elected Ohio Auditor. He became Ohio attorney general in 2002.

Petro ran in Ohio’s 2006 gubernatorial race, but lost in the May primary to Ken Blackwell.

Fingerhut cited the need to “pursue other opportunities” in his letter of resignation.

“I have loved every minute of the job, and remain passionate about the future of higher education in Ohio. It is now time, however, for me to pursue other opportunities for myself and my family,” said the 51-year-old Fingerhut.

Calls to the Board of Regents office were not immediately returned.

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