Ted Strickland Talks About His First job

Ted Strickland(Photo: WOSU)

Ted Strickland talks about his first job. (At the time of taping, he was governor of Ohio).

Theodore “Ted” Strickland (born August 4, 1941) was the 68th Governor of Ohio, serving from 2007 to 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio’s 6th congressional district (1993-1995, 1997-2007).

Born in Lucasville, Ohio, Strickland was one of nine children; his father was a steelworker. A 1959 graduate of Northwest High School, Strickland went on to be the first member of his family to attend college. Strickland was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in psychology from Asbury College in 1963. In 1966, he received a Master of Arts degree in guidance counseling from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Divinity from the Asbury Theological Seminary in 1967. He then returned to the University of Kentucky to earn his Ph.D in counseling psychology in 1980.

Strickland worked as a counseling psychologist at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. He was an administrator at a Methodist children’s home and was a professor of psychology at Shawnee State University.