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Drake Aims To Meet Budget Challenges As New Ohio State President
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Ohio Stateâ€™s new president Michael Drake started his job Monday. Drake becomes the 15th president of the university. He first met with faculty and staff.
OSU president Michael Drake faced reportersâ€™ cameras and microphones as he arrived on campus to meet and greet university faculty and staff members.
â€œIt feels wonderful to be here itâ€™s a great day and Iâ€™m really looking forward to it,” says Drake.
Inside Bricker Hall, the 63 year old professor, physician-scientist, and longtime university leader told a crowd that he is ready to meet the challenges Ohio State faces. Drake says working with tight budgets will be one of those.
â€œThis is an expensive enterprise for everyone, and we want to continue to improve the quality of what we do and do a better job for our students and for the people who work with us and to do that within reasonable means, and thatâ€™s always a challenge,â€ says Drake.
Drake says other challenges include staying competitive with other universities in a worldwide economy and helping families to afford a college education.
â€œMy life has been focused on education and health care and those are two very important things to Central Ohio and the rest of the country at a time when both are under great stress and so itâ€™s a very exciting time to be involved,” Drake says.
OSU picked the former University of California-Irvine chancellor for the job in January. Drake is the first African-American president at OSU.
When not on the job Drake enjoys cycling and playing guitar.
â€œWhat they should know is that I look a lot better playing guitar than I sound,” jokes Drake.
Drake is scheduled to make about $1 million a year in total compensation, about half of what Ohio State paid former president Gordon Gee.