UC-Irvine Chancellor, Michael Drake, To Be Named OSU President

New Ohio State University Michael V. Drake address the university's board of trustees.(Photo: Thomas Bradley/WOSU)
New Ohio State University Michael V. Drake address the university's board of trustees.(Photo: Thomas Bradley/WOSU)

Updated 5:24 p.m.

Michael V. Drake was named Ohio State University’s next president on Thursday afternoon by the board of trustees. Drake will start his new role in June.

Drake comes from the University of California Irvine where served as the school’s chancellor since 2005.

In his opening remarks, Drake said Ohio State is very highly regarded in the world of higher education.

“The presidency of The Ohio State University is in many ways the premiere position in higher education in the United States,” Drake said.

He added the university is trending upward due to the preparedness of its students, excellence of the faculty, capacity to solve global problems, while adhering to the land-grant promise of access to education for the surrounding community.

Board of Trustees member Jeffrey Wadsworth, said Drake stood out to the search committee because of his experience in several areas. The committee sought a candidate who had a strong understanding of a large complex land-grant university, campus medical centers, fundraising and athletics.

Drake was nearing completion of a $1 billion campaign at California Irvine, Wadsworth said. He also oversaw the creation of the first public law school in California in 40 years.
In addition he is a member of Association of American University’s Executive Committee and one of 18 members of the NCAA’s Board of Directors.

While his career has entirely been in California up until this point, Drake spoke of his Ohio roots. His mother was raised graduated from high school in Youngtown and recalled traveling to the area to visit family while growing up in New Jersey.

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Updated 10:08 a.m.

University of California Irvine Chancellor, Michael Drake, will be named president of the Ohio State University Thursday afternoon, WOSU has confirmed.

Multiple media outlets, including Ohio State’s student newspaper The Lantern, reported that Drake would be named OSU’s president. WOSU and other media outlets have confirmed the hire.

OSU will be making the announcement official Thursday afternoon at the Board of Trustees meeting. The public meeting will be held at 4 p.m. WOSU TV will be carrying live coverage of the event online, on TV and on 89.7 NPR News.

Drake was appointed chancellor of UC Irvine back in 2005. Before he served as Chancellor, he was the vice president for health affairs at the UC hospital system.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is one of the largest university hospital systems in the United States, and Drake’s expertise in the field most likely improved his resume to become president.

Stay with the 89.7 NPR News team all day Thursday for more on the new president of the Ohio State University.

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