Jim Petro, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Commencement ceremony of Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law on Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. in the University Center.
Jim Petro was appointed chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents in March 2011. Chancellor Petro leads the University System of Ohio, which is one of the largest comprehensive systems of public higher education in the nation.
Petro has previously served as Attorney General of Ohio and as Ohio Auditor of State. Prior to being elected to statewide office, Petro served as a state representative, Cuyahoga County Commissioner, and Rocky River City Councilman and Director of Law. He was also engaged in private practice of law for over 20 years as a partner or managing partner in several Ohio law firms. He was recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer and a 30-year AV rated lawyer from Martindale & Hubbell.
Petro received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Denison University. He resides in Columbus with his wife Nancy.
“I had the privilege of getting to know Mr. Petro well during my time deaning at Case Western Reserve Law School and he epitomizes the ideal of public service that is a key component of the legal education at Mercer,” said Dean Gary Simson.