Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro announced this morning that he will retire from public service as the state’s top higher-education chief on Feb. 1.
Gov. John Kasich appointed Petro, 64, to lead the University System of Ohio, one of the largest systems of public higher education in the nation, in March 2011.
“I appreciate Jim's work to help our Administration bring valuable improvements to the way Ohioans prepare for careers after they leave high school,” Kasich said in a written statement. “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."
Petro and his wife, Nancy, plan to focus on issues surrounding the wrongfully convicted. Petro surprised political colleagues and opponents in 2005 when he joined the Innocence Project in arguing that a Canton-area man, Clarence Elkins, was innocent of raping and murdering his mother-in-law in 1998.