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Ohio State Announces Dr. Michael Drake As New President

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State University board of trustees has officially announced Dr. Michael Drake as the 15th president of the university.

Drake was most recently serving as the Chancellor of the University of California Irvine, a position he has held since 2005.

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Drake is a medical doctor and member of both the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

“He is exactly the right leader at the right moment in the university’s history as we address the challenges of affordability and access, while building on the already strong momentum we have generated at Ohio State in increasing the university’s academic excellence," board chairman Robert H. Schottenstein said.

Drake will begin work as president on June 30.

Officials said the search committee focused on finding a forward-thinking leader who could further the university’s progress in teaching and learning, innovation and research, outreach and engagement and resource stewardship.

As chancellor of UC Irvine, Drake oversaw the creation of the first new public law school in California in more than 40 years, and successfully led the launch of several new programs in public health, pharmaceutical sciences and nursing science. The UC Irvine School of Education also was established under his leadership.

“It is a tremendous honor to be asked to serve as president of The Ohio State University,” said Drake. “The university embodies and defines the mission of a modern land-grant institution. In every sense one can imagine, the university is demonstrating national leadership in developing the model for public higher education. I am thankful for the board’s confidence and eager to begin my duties.”

Before becoming chancellor at Irvine, Drake served as vice president for health affairs for the University of California system (2000–2005), overseeing academic program policy for the system’s 15 health science schools. He directed the special research programs in tobacco, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS; co-chaired the California/Mexico Health Initiative; launched the PRIME (Program In Medical Education) initiative to train physicians to care for underserved populations statewide; and founded the California Health Benefits Review Program. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years on the faculty of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, ultimately becoming the Steven P. Shearing Professor of Ophthalmology and senior associate dean.

He is an alumnus of Stanford University (A.B.) and UC San Francisco (M.D.). Drake’s wife Brenda, who holds degrees from Stanford (A.B.) and UC Berkeley (J.D.), is an attorney and community leader. She has led several foundations and nonprofit agencies, serving as either a trustee or executive director. The couple is the parents to two grown sons.

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