Board of Regents Welcomes Chief of Staff, Names New Legislative & Policy Team

COLUMBUS, Ohio (2013-06-04) — 

COLUMBUS, OH, June 4, 2013 – The Ohio Board of Regents welcomed Matt Whatley as its new Chief of Staff Monday, and also announced a new legislative and policy team. Laura Padgett has been named the agency’s Policy Director and Eli Faes has been named Legislative and Public Affairs Director. Both Padgett and Faes are veterans of the agency, formerly serving as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor and Public Affairs Director, respectively.

Prior to joining the Board of Regents, Whatley served as Vice President of State Government Affairs for UnitedHealth Group. He also served 14 years in the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate, most recently as Policy Director and Deputy Finance Director for the Senate Majority Caucus.

Padgett began her career as an administrative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives.  She’s also worked as a legislative aide in both the House and Ohio Senate, spending nearly five years in the Senate Finance Chairman’s office.

Faes previously served as Director of Legislative Affairs with the firm Van Meter, Ashbrook & Associates; Legislative Aide and Legislative Service Commission Fellow with the Ohio House of Representatives; and Specialist in Program Development with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

“I’m delighted to have Matt on board as our chief of staff, and Laura and Eli as our legislative and policy team,” Chancellor John Carey said. “They are an important part of our team as we work as an agency and with our private and public partners to align higher education with workforce needs as part of Governor Kasich’s jobs agenda.”