Attorney named to YSU Board of Trustees

Ted Roberts

Ted Roberts

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich has appointed James “Ted” Roberts, an attorney and Youngstown State University alumnus, to a nine-year term on the YSU Board of Trustees.

Roberts’ term continues through April 30, 2022. He replaces Scott Schulick, whose term on the board has expired.

Roberts is a principle in the Youngstown law firm of Roth, Blair, Roberts, Strasfeld & Lodge, where his practice is concentrated on public and private sector labor and employment law, school law, and counseling clients on business and real estate matters. He earned a bachelor’s degree from YSU in 1970 and a law degree in 1974 from the University of Akron.

Roberts is also a limited service instructor at YSU, teaching graduate level courses in school law and collective bargaining at the Beeghly College of Education. Active in his profession and in the community, Roberts has served in several leadership positions with the Ohio State Bar Association, is a trustee and former president of the Mahoning County Bar Association, and has served on the executive committee of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys.

He has served on the boards of numerous organizations in the Mahoning Valley, including the Stambaugh Auditorium Association, The Visiting Nurse Association, the YMCA, Rotary, March of Dimes, American Heart Association, Trinity United Methodist Church and the Youngstown Club.

His wife, Cynthia, a certified public accountant, is also a 1970 YSU alumna. They live in Poland, Ohio.


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