President, The Ohio State University

"It is a tremendous honor to serve as president of The Ohio State University. 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."

Michael V. Drake, MD, was appointed president of The Ohio State University on Jan. 30, 2014 and assumed responsibilities as president on June 30, 2014.

Dr. Drake previously served as chancellor of the University of California at Irvine, a position to which he was appointed in July 2005. He also served as Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology (School of Medicine) and Education (School of Education).

During his tenure at UC Irvine, the number of applicants for undergraduate admissions increased by more than 90 percent; in the 2013 admission cycle, 82,450 applications were received for just 6,000 openings. The university's four-year graduation rate has increased by more than 19 percent. Dr. Drake also has been a steadfast champion of inclusion and diversity. The number of undergraduate students from underrepresented minorities has risen by 59.1 percent in the past five years. Sixty percent of the entering freshmen in the Class of 2017 were the first in their families to attend a four-year college, and 40 percent came from low-income families; both percentages are among the highest in the nation.

In 2006, Dr. Drake oversaw the creation of the first new public law school in California in more than 40 years. More recently, the UC Irvine School of Education was established under his leadership in July 2012. Dr. Drake also has helped launch new programs in public health, pharmaceutical sciences and nursing science, which are already providing highly trained health care professionals to meet the critical needs of the community.

In Dr. Drake's time as chancellor, UC Irvine has added more than 5 million square feet of new space, including the 500,000-square-foot UC Irvine Douglas Hospital and the 275,000-square-foot student center, two of the more than 30 major construction projects delivered on time and under budget. The campus's built environment has received nationwide acclaim for its environmental sustainability and is among the nation's leaders with 11 buildings that have earned LEED Platinum status, the highest possible ranking.

Prior to Dr. Drake's arrival at UC Irvine, he served for five years as vice president for health affairs for the University of California system, overseeing academic program policy at the system's 15 health sciences schools, located on seven campuses, and more than two decades on the faculty of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, ultimately becoming the Steven P. Shearing Professor of Ophthalmology and senior associate dean.

An alumnus of Stanford University (BA) and UC San Francisco (MD), Dr. Drake is a member of both the Institute of Medicine (National Academies) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received numerous honors and awards for teaching, public service and research.

Dr. Drake has served as trustee and president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and as chair of the board of trustees of the Association of Academic Health Centers. He currently serves on the executive committee and the Division I Board of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and on the executive and membership committees of the Association of American Universities.


  • Fellow of the Institute of Medicine (National Academies)
  • Chair of the board of trustees of the Association of Academic Health Centers
  • Executive committee and the Division I Board of the National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Executive and membership committees of the Association of American Universities


  • Association of American Medical College Herbert W. Nickens Award for promoting social justice
  • California Wellness Foundation Champion of Diversity Award
  • Inaugural Binational Health Pioneer Award, 18th International HIV/AIDS Conference
  • Stanford University Multicultural Hall of Fame

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