Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lt. Gov. Fisher Urges Independent Colleges to Establish Economic Development Focus

Economic development is such a key issue for the state of Ohio that colleges and universities should designate a senior official with responsibility in that area.

That was the message given by Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher to the AICUO-OFIC luncheon held Wednesday in Columbus.

“If you don’t have someone with those words—economic development—in the job title, you should,” he emphasized.

Concomitant with being lieutenant governor, Fisher serves in the cabinet post of Director of Development, currently the only person in the country holding these two specific offices. His predecessor, Bruce Johnson, also held both offices, and Fisher said other lieutenant governors have additional responsibilities beyond their elected office but that his combination of positions is unique.

A graduate of Oberlin College, Fisher was introduced by Oberlin Provost Alfred MacKay, the brother of former Florida Lieutenant Governor and Member of Congress Kenneth “Buddy” MacKay. Fisher, who also has a law and a graduate degree from Case Western Reserve University, noted that he, Governor Ted Strickland and Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut all are graduates of independent colleges.

Bob Burke