About the Ohio Department of Higher Education

The Agency

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents) is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.

The Chancellor

As a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education advises the Governor on higher education policy and implements the Governor’s plan to make college more affordable for Ohioans and drive the state’s economic advancement through the public universities and colleges of Ohio, the state’s network of public universities, regional campuses, community colleges, and adult workforce and adult education centers. The Chancellor is responsible for carrying out the responsibilities of the agency, including authorizing and approving new degree programs and managing state-funded financial aid programs. Chancellor Randy Gardner was appointed the tenth Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education in January 2019.

The Board of Regents

The Ohio Board of Regents, a nine-member advisory board to the Chancellor with two ex-officio representatives from the state legislature, was created in 1963 by the General Assembly. Members of the Board of Regents are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.

Responsibilities of the Board include developing an independent annual report on the Condition of Higher Education in Ohio, and issuing an annual performance review of the Chancellor. The Board is also responsible for advising the Chancellor on issues of statewide importance affecting higher education.

Ex-Officio Members