Michael V. Drake (Physician)

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About Michael Vincent Drake

Michael Vincent Drake is an American university administrator and physician.

Born: July 9, 1950 (age 65), New York City, NY

Education: Stanford University, University of California, San Francisco

About Michael Vincent Drake (cont.)

In 2014, he became the current president of The Ohio State University. From 2005 to 2014, he was the chancellor of the University of California, Irvine.

While UC Irvine chancellor, Drake controversially fired and rehired legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky as dean of the then-new UC Irvine school of law. At Ohio State, Drake has been criticized for firing the university's marching band director Jon Waters after a report criticized the band's "sexualized culture."


Drake was an ophthalmology professor and associate dean at UCSF. He served as Director of Admissions at UCSF medical school and sat on the resident selection committee for the Department of Ophthalmology prior to his appointment at the Office of the President.[citation needed] In 2000, Drake became the University of California system vice president for health affairs,[2]while continuing to hold his long-held appointment at University of California, San Francisco in the department of ophthalmology.
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Ohio State University presidency

On January 30, 2014, the Ohio State University Board of Trustees named Dr. Drake as the 15th president of The Ohio State University. He began his tenure at the university on June 30, 2014.[12] At the time of his appointment, he was part of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the NCAA board of directors.[13] In March 2015, Drake was appointed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame board.