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Outgoing Ohio Rep. Bill Batchelder readies his next chapter as educator


Departing Ohio House speaker Bill Batchelder has no plans to sit back and enjoy retirement at his home in Medina.

In 2015, Batchelder will take on two new positions — an executive in residence at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and visiting chair at the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute in the Buchtel College of Arts and Science and the School of Law.

At CSU, Batchelder is expected to join the faculty in mid-January and lecture on the application of law matters related to legislative, political and statutory environments.

The attorney and founder of the Williams and Batchelder law firm will earn $55,000 for the position. Batchelder previously served as an adjunct professor at CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.

“It will be my honor to return to the faculty of Cleveland State University,” Batchelder said in a statement.

At the University of Akron, Batchelder is expected to teach courses on Ohio politics and public policy at both the Bliss Institute and the School of Law. He will also serve as a guest lecturer on campus and meet with undergraduate and graduate students. His salary for that post will be $50,000, and the university said it will be paid through endowment.

In addition to Batchelder’s service of 38 years in the Ohio House, he has served as judge for the Medina County Common Pleas Court and judge for the Ninth District Court of Appeals. Batchelder just completed his fourth consecutive term representing the 69th Ohio house district, which includes the eastern portion of Medina County.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or

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