John Carey was appointed Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education by Gov. John R. Kasich in April 2013 (when it was still known as the Ohio Board of Regents). As Chancellor, Carey oversees Ohio's two-year and four-year public institutions and Ohio Technical Centers, and, with the advice of the nine-member Board of Regents, provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly, and carries out state higher education policy.
An experienced lawmaker, Carey served nine years in the Ohio House of Representatives and eight years in the Ohio Senate. He is one of the few legislators in history to serve as chairman of both the House Finance and Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee. Prior to his work as a legislator, Carey was mayor of the City of Wellston and was an aide to former Congressman Clarence Miller of Lancaster.
Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, Carey served as Assistant to the President for Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives for Shawnee State University in Portsmouth.
As a legislator, Carey’s focus on education and job creation led to numerous awards and accolades from organizations such as the Ohio Development Association, the Ohio Bankers League, the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Ohio University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Chancellor Carey is a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in political science, and is a first-generation college graduate. He was born in Chillicothe and currently resides in Wellston with his wife, Lynley, a college professor, and their two sons, Justin and Jordan.