Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program announces new executive director

July 5, 2020

THE DAILY JEFF — The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) announces John Schlichter has been named executive director of the nonprofit that has been dedicated to energy education and public outreach for more than 20 years.

Schlichter comes to OOGEEP with over 40 years of management and organizational experience as a part of Schlichter Farms, Bluegrass Farms of Ohio, Inc., and as deputy director for the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, he served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the 85th District for six years, and previously served as a Fayette County Commissioner for four years.

“I am honored and humbled to be a part of the nationally renowned and award-winning Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program and serve on behalf of Ohio’s natural gas and oil producers,” Schlichter said. “It is more important than ever to be out telling the story about the efforts of the producers in their quest to produce the energy and products that are essential to every Ohioan.”

Schlichter’s hiring comes as the program implements a plan of strategic growth in outreach to the general public. Ohio is the nation’s sixth largest natural gas producer and has played a major role in making the United States a net energy exporter for the first time in nearly 70 years.

As recent voter surveys indicate, Ohioans recognize the importance of safe, responsible energy development to communities, economic growth, and continued environmental progress. Under Schlichter’s leadership, OOGEEP will continue to advance that narrative through its fact-based, educational programming for the public, industry leaders and landowners, first-responders, teachers, regulators, and elected officials.

“John’s experience and background makes him the right person to nurture important relationships and guide OOGEEP into its bright future,” stated David Hill, chairman of the OOGEEP Board of Directors. “The organization has many opportunities for growth right now, and we need a leader who understands the state of the industry and the organization’s role as a statewide educator — and John is exactly that.”

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