Randy Gardner, former Ottawa County legislator, to retire Jan. 1

Dec 26, 2023 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

Chancellor Randy Gardner of the Ohio Department of Higher Education is congratulated for his years in public service by State Senator Theresa Gavarone.

Chancellor Randy Gardner was honored this week for his dutiful service to the State of Ohio. The former legislator, who is retiring as chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education at the end of the year, served as a long-time legislator for 33 years in both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate. Gardner held multiple leadership roles in both chambers and was a champion for education throughout his tenure.

Gardner, a Bowling Green Republican, served for more than three decades in Ohio’s Statehouse. During that time, he served voters in a district that included Ottawa County.

“I want to thank Chancellor Gardner for his years of service to the people of the state of Ohio,” said Gov. Mike DeWine. “As a legislator and as chancellor, Randy Gardner has worked hard to make educational opportunities more accessible and to encourage cooperation of our institutions to work hand-in-hand with industries such as Intel to ensure that Ohio has the workers ready to fill the jobs of the future.

“For over 30 years as a legislator, Randy earned a reputation as one of the best in our state’s history, fighting tirelessly for education, victims of crime, water quality, and many other issues,” said State Sen. Theresa Gavarone. “He used this background to become an exceptional chancellor in 2019, working hard to help Ohio’s next generation succeed. Randy is a mentor and friend who has given so much to move our state forward.”

In 2019 Gardner was appointed by Governor DeWine as the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education to oversee the state’s public two-year and four-year institutions and Ohio Technical Centers, and carry out the state’s policies on higher education. His retirement from the position is effective Jan. 1.

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