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.

Hennes Paynter Communications

Knight Foundation

Wayside Furniture


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

Three exonerated of murder convictions from 18 years ago
Thanks heavens that none of them have been condemned to death. This alons should convince the USA to join the civilized world by abolishing the death penalty. E...

Kombucha: a sweet business brewed with fermented tea
Stevia is not an artificial sweetener. It is a plant. I have one growing in my sunroom. The leaves are dried and added to teas. It's harvested commercially and...

Bringing back ballet in Cleveland
I do think Ballet in Cleveland is doing good things, but the fact that director says "When we have flourishing companies like the New York City Ballet and the A...

Report confirms some Vietnam veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange
was in nam 1969 exposed va stated lost medical records was in lawsuit from 197? till settled 0 $ 2010 ? said all nam vets will get back disability till 198? jus...

Mentorship grant program redefines "faith-based" provision
Can't anyone have values, beliefs, and morals anymore? How is it anymore unconstitutional for a school partner with a "faith-based" organization than any other ...

Exploradio: The challenge of finding a healthy balance with technology
Thank you, Jeff, for another well done Exploradio. I always learn something interesting about what is happening in NE Ohio.

Northeast Ohio's transgender community rallies around restroom issue
A good first step would be for Cleveland to require restaurants to have a public restroom. Cleveland is the only city I've ever been in where restaurants somet...

Vapor shops say tobacco tax hikes could hit them hard
Maybe you should be DOING a study, since every time you've tried to villianize them all that's happened was the opposite. I'm not a fan of alcohol that's flavor...

New law gives access to birth records to Ohio adoptees
Can siblings also look for their missing brother or sister? And how do we go about it?

Ida McKinley's tiara comes home, with the help of "Pawn Stars"
I donated to the fund to keep the tiara at the museum where I believe it belongs. I took my 16 year old granddaughter to the showing I dont think it will be som...

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