Dr. Michael Drake to be Named Ohio State University’s First Black President

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The Ohio State University will make history today.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the acclaimed university will  officially name Dr. Michael Drake its new president later this morning.

The 64-year-old ophthalmologist was previously the Chancellor of the University of California in Irvine. He held the position since 2005.

Prior to being the Chancellor at UC Irvine, Drake was the vice president of health affairs for the University of California. According to his UC Irvine biography, he was in charge of monitoring the “academic program policy at UC’s 15 health sciences schools”.

Drake is replacing Gordon Gee who retired on July 1, 2013.

Congratulations Dr. Drake!

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