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President Drake transitions into normal schedule

January 29, 2015
Trading the sunny campus of the University of California-Irvine for the snow-packed streets of Columbus has not been the only transition President Michael Drake has made since coming to Ohio State. “At the very beginning, there was so much that was new, that the people that we needed to meet, and in particular, the people that we needed to meet first, were a lot of people. So there were 100 people that I needed to meet first,” Drake said in an editorial meeting with The Lantern on Monday. Drake, who became OSU’s 15th president on June 30, said the first step in coming to Columbus was making the decision with… Read more

Letter from the editor: The way interviews with Ohio State administrators are run

January 29, 2015
President Michael Drake paid a visit to The Lantern’s newsroom earlier this week. In light of that, I thought it would be worthwhile to share the way we conduct these types of interviews in the hopes of opening that door to our readers and making the process more transparent. The way that we’ve conducted these interviews in the time I’ve been on The Lantern’s staff — since fall 2012 — is about the same way that we did this time. About once per semester, sometimes more and sometimes less, the president, or occasionally an Ohio State administrator, schedules a time with us when they’ll come to our newsroom for an… Read more

President Michael Drake looks to connect with students; talks about music, rapper Drake

January 27, 2015
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Ohio State President Michael Drake said he’s been busy picking up the reins as the leader of Ohio State since he took over in July. “What I look forward to in 2015 is more time with students and faculty,” Drake said in a Monday interview with The Lantern. “I noticed that I missed the level of contact that I had been used to having with (them).” In addition to sharing his thoughts on issues facing higher education and OSU’s large student population, Drake also answered questions about topics like former OSU Marching Band director Jon Waters’ firing, the football team winning the National Championship and what he thinks about the… Read more

Editorial: Ohio State community deserves answers from editorial board interview with President Michael Drake

December 9, 2014
Editorial: The Ohio State president won’t be coming in for an editorial board meeting with The Lantern this semester, for the first time in at least six years. Because of scheduling troubles and President Michael Drake’s transition, we were unable to set a date with OSU that suited both parties for the semesterly interview. OSU offered a half-hour slot from 3-3:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, but The Lantern has historically had an hour with presidents in the past and doesn’t have a print issue after the one that’s on stands Tuesday until Jan. 12.  We asked on Nov. 12 for another date. When following up last week, The Lantern was… Read more

Review: Zadie Smith engaging in speech, well-spoken in answers at Ohio State

November 13, 2014
From touching on subjects such as President Barack Obama to her experience growing up with a feminist mother, award-winning author Zadie Smith shared her narratives to a crowd at Ohio State. Attendees packed Mershon Auditorium on Thursday evening for the chance to hear Smith speak from her experience, as well as provide her take on cultural phenomena and events that audience members could indulge in and relate to. Despite the auditorium’s capacity of 2,500, it’s no surprise it was mostly full, given her diverse background and experiences. Smith, who was born in London to an English father and a Jamaican mother, began seeing success in 2000 with the novel “White… Read more

President Michael Drake focuses on positives in 1st university address

October 31, 2014
Ohio State needs to place a greater focus on teaching, while continuing its goal of research eminence, President Michael Drake said in his first address to University Senate on Thursday. The university is a “modern land-grant institution that’s also a doorway to the world,” he said. “We teach for Ohio, but we do research for the world.” As examples of OSU’s worldwide presence, Drake noted the university’s Global Gateway offices around the world, such as the one in São Paolo that opened Sept. 13.  Drake strayed from announcing anything bold for OSU’s future and he avoided taking up any controversial stances. Instead, the president used the forum to highlight the… Read more

Ohio State President Michael Drake talks about staying connected with the community

July 10, 2014
Ohio State President Michael Drake’s office has bare walls and empty shelves. He took over the top job a little more than a week ago, and tacks still mark the spots where old decorations once hung. But he spoke Wednesday in his office for the first time to reporters since taking the position. He talked about his vision for OSU, the importance of highlighting everything the university accomplishes and the balance it faces between focusing on local and global issues. But mostly, he talked about how he plans to work closely with students, faculty and staff. He began by emphasizing that the university’s goals and values are about more than… Read more

Ohio State President Michael Drake faces full schedule for 1st week

July 2, 2014
President Michael Drake had likely barely stepped foot on Ohio State soil when he was ushered into 10 and a half hours of meetings Monday. Drake was scheduled to go from Bricker Hall, to a staff meeting, to a Board of Trustees luncheon, and then to a meeting with OSU Office of the President interim chief of staff Katie Hall. After that, he was set to make his way back to Bricker to talk with Provost Joseph Steinmetz and have a president’s cabinet meeting, then head to a meeting with information systems manager Ken Cherrington. Finally, he was scheduled to have dinner with Steinmetz. Drake doesn’t appear to have wasted… Read more

E. Gordon Gee to make $775,000 plus benefits as West Virginia University president

July 2, 2014
Former Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee is slated to make $775,000 in his role as president of West Virginia University, according to his contract which went into effect Monday. Gee’s annual base salary is set at $650,000 with an additional $125,000 coming from the WVU Foundation every year, according to the Charleston Gazette. He will also be eligible for annual raises as stipulated by his contract, which last two years. Gee is also eligible for compensation for travel, hospitality and other expenses. He can also accept a car and air travel from the university, as well as up to $25,000 for the cost of moving from Columbus to Morgantown,… Read more