Ohio Governor-elect Mike DeWine has appointed a veteran lawmaker to oversee the state's public colleges and universities among other new picks for his Cabinet as he prepares to take office next week.
DeWine on Thursday nominated Republican state Senator Randy Gardner as chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. He also announced nominations for the departments overseeing insurance, job and family services, transportation and aging and for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, among others. Those include WCBE Jazz Sunday host Jack Marchbanks, whom DeWine has tapped to head the Ohio Department of Transportation. In addition to his radio work, Marchbanks is currently an ODOT deputy director. DeWine had previously announced his picks for individuals to head the state prison system, the state budget office, the public safety department and other agencies. The appointees must be approved by the Ohio Senate.