OH Governor Appoints New Rehab Services Commission Adminstrator

Columbus, OH (CompNewsNetwork) - Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced today the appointment of Michael Rench as the administrator of the Rehabilitation Services Commission (RSC). Rench will begin his service at RSC effective July 1.

"I am confident that Michael will be a great leader, allowing the agency to aggressively pursue its goals and mission," said Strickland. "Michael's readiness to serve Ohioans with disabilities, coupled with his experience, will serve the agency well as he assumes his new responsibilities. We appreciate those who served on the search committee as their work helped us to hone in on the qualities of the type of administrator RSC needs during these challenging times."

The Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission is a state agency serving Ohioans with disabilities, including helping people with disabilities get or keep a job and providing disability benefits. Since 1990, RSC has assisted nearly 100,000 Ohioans with disabilities get jobs. It also handles about 164,000 claims for Social Security benefits, providing some financial security and independence for people with disabilities.

"Throughout my career I have been committed to helping people with disabilities," said Rench. "I am thankful for the opportunity to take on this new role at the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission."

For the past twenty-nine years Rench has held positions in the field of disabilities. Prior to this appointment, Rench, 63, served as the Deputy Director of Community Services for the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation. He has been the chief executive officer for three private provider agencies that offered residential services to adults with disabilities and also held executive level positions at three county boards of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. 

Rench earned his bachelor's degree in Education from Wright State University, a master's of Divinity from the United Theological Seminary and has done post graduate work in management and special education at the University of Cincinnati. 

Governor Strickland was recently granted authority to appoint the administrator of RSC under a provision in House Bill 2 (the biennial transportation budget for fiscal years 2010-2011).  As administrator of RSC, Rench will earn an annual salary of $120,000.

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