Rob Hovis represents southern Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Medina and nearby counties to the State Board of Education. An investment representative for Edward Jones Investments in Millersburg, he holds a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from The Ohio State University with a major in agriculture education, and also has completed graduate work in agriculture at OSU.
An articulate spokesman for sound science education, Hovis has been a vocational and adult education teacher, an area supervisor for the Ohio Department of Education's Division of Vocational and Career Education, and State Future Farmers of America Executive Secretary.
Hovis was appointed by Governor Bob Taft to a vacancy in the Fifth District seat on the State Board of Education in January, 2004, and is now seeking election to a full term on the November ballot.
In addition to authoring several editions of the Ohio FFA Guide, Hovis has written several articles on issues concerning education. He holds membership in numerous civic and professional organizations, including the National Association of Securities Dealers, The Ohio State University Alumni Association, the Rotary and Lions Clubs of Millersburg, and the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a registered Parliamentarian with the National Association of Parliamentarians. He is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and attends Millersburg United Methodist Church.
Since appointment to the Board, Hovis has been a strong advocate of sound science education in Ohio's public schools, has served on the ad-hoc committee on school de-consolidation, and is a member of the resources committee of the Board.
Hovis believes that the most important priorities of the Board should be working with the General Assembly to simplify and improve the funding system for public schools, improving teacher education in Ohio, and raising the quality of Ohio public school instruction through closing the achievement gap.
Representing the Fifth State Board District, Hovis serves approximately 60 school districts in Holmes, Geauga, Lake, Medina, and Wayne counties, and parts of Ashland and Cuyahoga counties.
His term ends on December 31, 2004.