After only four days as chancellor, Jim Petro stood before the House Finance and Appropriations Committee on Tuesday to testify on the Board of Regents' portion within HB 153, the State Operating Budget. He was very brief in his comments to allow for questions from the committee members, who took full advantage of the extra time. Questions ranged from asking what other states, who are competing for Ohio's high school students, do to rein in costs and attract students, to the possibility of attracting more Ohio institutions to compete for Third Frontier dollars, to the possibility of consolidation of Wilberforce University and Central State University.
The chancellor will have his hands full while learning higher education policy during a budget year, but committee members were impressed and ready to work with him as this portion of the budget develops.
For a copy of his testimony, click here.