News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Levin Furniture

Akron General


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Ohio


Michael Drake officially begins his tenure as Ohio State's president
Drake is replacing former President Gordon Gee
Story by DEBBIE HOLMES


 
The Ohio State University's new president Michael Drake.
Courtesy of Wikipedia
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Ohio State faculty and staff welcomed Dr. Michael Drake to Columbus today for his first official day as the university’s 15th president.  For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Debbie Holmes reports on the first African American president of Ohio’s largest university.

LISTEN: Holmes osu president

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:10)


Michael Drake faced reporters’ cameras and microphones as well as faculty and staff members.

Inside Bricker Hall, the 63-year-old professor, physician-scientist, and longtime university leader told a crowd that he is ready to meet the challenges Ohio State faces. Drake says working with tight budgets will be one of those.

“This is an expensive enterprise for everyone, and we want to continue to improve the quality of what we do and do a better job for our students and for the people who work with us and to do that within reasonable means -- and that’s always a challenge."

Drake says other challenges include staying competitive with other universities in a worldwide economy and helping families afford a college education.

“My life has been focused on education and health care and those are two very important things to central Ohio and the rest of the country at a time when both are under great stress. So it’s a very exciting time to be involved."

OSU picked the former University of California-Irvine chancellor for the job in January. Drake is the first African-American president at OSU.  When not on the job, he enjoys cycling and playing guitar.

“What they should know is that I look a lot better playing guitar than I sound. So that’s the most important thing for you to think of,” jokes Drake.

Drake is scheduled to make about $1 million a year in total compensation, about half of what OSU paid former President Gordon Gee. 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook



Stories with Recent Comments

The Surpreme Court gay-marriage decision plays out in Ohio Amish country
Keep in mind that the majority of the people residing in Holmes County are Amish, a church people who do not vote because they do not believe in governmental ru...

Akron council committee recommends Forney for its opening
Which committee member voted for Wilhite?

Canton Youth Symphony is named orchestra of the year
This is what makes CSO the hippest small town orchestra in America!

What can be expected if Ohio's tobacco taxes increase?
let's face it! The increase has little to do with smoking cessation

Rare Cleveland Indians photo from 1911 hits the auction block
Paddy Livingston, who cut his teeth on a Louisville Slugger in Kent, Ohio was one of the immortals that played in that game. He was the catcher. Ty Cobb actuall...

Nexus denies Green's request to relocate its planned gas pipeline
These people have so much power. Too much. They could care less about the people they leave when it is done. Spectra does not, and admits, they do not do the...

The former Hugo Boss plant is about to start making suits again in NE Ohio
Hugoo Boss should not even be allowed to make or sell suits in the USA ..... During WWII, they were a nazi company. They made the uniforms for the S.S.

Ohio voters remain split over gay marriage
It's all good. The bigots will get used to it, just like interracial marriage. Or they die off-either way, all is well :-)

Ohio Senate budget reduces low income housing funds
Bill is correct. Lake County receives funding to assist in the operations of permanent housing for over 90 households annually - persons who are living with a s...

Cleveland's mustard war rages on
Stadium Mustard is stolen from Bertman's and it is made in Chicago. Real thieves and creeps. Bertman's or death.

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University