This interview was conducted as part of Cleveland State University's 50th Anniversary Commemoration Project. William G. Batchelder III is a native of Medina, Ohio and is the current Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University where he received a BA in history and following graduation went on to law school at the Ohio State University. While in law school he served as an aid for Lt. Governor John W. Brown. He was elected to the legislature in 1969 and served for 30 years, returning to the house in 2007. In this interview Batchelder describes the relationship his district has with Cuyahoga County and relates many of the political forces/maneuvers that impacted CSU during the first years of its existence. The Speaker describes Governor Rhodes at length, some of his personal experiences with him, as well as some of the policies that he endorsed during his 16 years as Governor. Batchelder also discusses CSU development over time and describes some of his personal involvement with the university as a guest speaker and lecturer in the Levin College.
Batchelder, William G. (interviewee)
Wickens, Joe (interviewer)
CSU at 50
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"William G. Batchelder III interview, 25 July 2014" (2014). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 500012.