Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives to Speak at Ashland University

2/18/11 ASHLAND, OH -- William G. Batchelder, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, will speak at Ashland University on March 14. Batchelder will address "Ohio-Growth?" as part of the spring 2011 Major Issues Lecture Series presented by the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University.

Tickets for the noon luncheon, to be held in the John C. Myers Convocation Center, are $20 each. Tables of eight are $160. Those wishing to order tickets can do so by making checks payable to the Ashbrook Center and mail the order to: Ashbrook Center, Ashland University, 401 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805. For more information, contact Lisa M. Ormiston at 419- 289-5429 or lormiston@ashbrook.org<mailto:lormiston@ashbrook.org>.

Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder returned to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2007, having previously served in the Ohio House for 30 years. He currently is serving his third consecutive term and was elected by his colleagues to serve as House Speaker during the 129th General Assembly.

Batchelder graduated from Medina High School in 1960. He later received a bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1964, as well as a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1967.

Batchelder has established a long career in practicing and teaching law. He spent 31 years of his professional career at the Williams and Batchelder Law Firm in Medina, while serving as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Akron Law School and as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs. Additionally, he has served as a judge for the Medina County Common Pleas Court, a judge on the Ninth District Court of Appeals from 1999 to 2005, and as a presiding judge on the same court of appeals from 2000 to 2001.

During his tenure at the Ohio House, Batchelder has been recognized numerous times with the Watchdog of the Treasury Award. He also received the 4-H Meritorious Service Award and the Friends of 4-H award.

The Ohio State Volunteer Firefighters Association recognized his service to Ohio Firefighters throughout his career. For outstanding contributions to the wise use and management of the nation's natural resources, Batchelder received the Conservation Legislators Award from the League of Ohio Sportsmen and the National Wildlife Federation.

Batchelder is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Medina County Township Association and the Grange. He is also a lifetime member of Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion and Amvets. Batchelder currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Masonic Learning Center for Children, an organization that treats children with dyslexia. He is also an active participant in the Scanlon Inn of Court.

Batchelder represents the 69th House District, which includes portions of Medina County. He currently resides in Medina with his wife, Alice. They have two children and three grandchildren.

The Ashbrook Center, located on the campus of Ashland University, teaches the meaning and significance of America through educational programs for students, teachers and citizens.
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private institution conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.