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Eric D. Fingerhut

Education & STEM Learning, Battelle
Vice President

Eric D. Fingerhut, a nationally recognized leader in education and economic development policy, is the Vice President for Education and STEM Learning at the Battelle Memorial Institute, the largest non-profit research and development organization in the world.  Fingerhut previously served as the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, as an Ohio State Senator and as a member of the United States House of Representatives. 

At Battelle, Chancellor Fingerhut leads the organization’s efforts to inspire and train the next generation of America’s science and technology leaders.  Under Chancellor Fingerhut’s leadership, Battelle is helping lead the campaign for globally competitive science standards for primary and secondary schools, to increase the number of college students earning STEM degrees, and to support and connect schools and educators who are demonstrating excellence in STEM education. 

As Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, the state agency responsible for leading the University System of Ohio, Fingerhut led a system consisting of fourteen universities, twenty three community colleges and dozens of career technical education and adult literacy programs serving over 600,000 students per year.  Chancellor Fingerhut was also responsible for the state’s broadband, supercomputing and on-line education and library systems, and chaired the Ohio Third Frontier Commission, one of the nation’s best funded state efforts to promote innovation and entrepreneurship through research and development partnerships between business and industry.  Chancellor Fingerhut’s 10-year Strategic Plan for Higher Education provided the state with a measurable blueprint to make higher education more efficient while expanding educational opportunities to students, and to reframe the relationship between business and higher education to create new jobs and a highly skilled, globally competitive workforce.  When he stepped down from his position, the Columbus Dispatch said that Fingerhut had “shaped and improved Ohio’s universities” and “set a high bar for those who will follow him.”


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