Friday, January 31, 2014

Michael Drake named as next Ohio State University president

[ SOURCE ] Dr. Michael V. Drake, the current chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, has been named president of Ohio State University, making him the first

African-American to lead the state’s largest university system.

The decision to recruit the trained medical doctor to lead the 63,964-student campus headquartered in Columbus was greeted with excitement by faculty, administrators and students.

“The hiring of Dr. Michael V. Drake as The Ohio State University’s 15th president is monumental,” said Dr. James L. Moore III, associate provost of diversity and inclusion, director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male and the EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at OSU. “As one who believes deeply in the mission of Ohio State, I stand ready to assist Dr. Drake and his team with helping the institution continue to be a major force in Ohio and beyond.”

The OSU board of trustees voted yesterday to formally accept the recommendation of an 18-member search committee. They offered Drake the job, ending a six-month search to replace Dr. E. Gordon Gee, who retired last July.

Drake, 63, will begin his new post on June 30.

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