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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

Dr. Michael Drake begins first day as Ohio State’s 15th president

June 30, 2014
In his first day as Ohio State’s president, Dr. Michael Drake said he plans to prioritize excellence, opportunities, and the university’s relationship with the community during the beginning of his presidency. “(Our) priorities are to focus on the things that got us here,” Drake said in a meet-and-greet held for him Monday morning at Bricker Hall. “This is a wonderful university with a great impact over many, many decades.” Former OSU interim president Joseph Alutto and other prominent members of the OSU community, in addition to various media outlets, welcomed the university’s 15th and first black president as he arrived for his first day on the job. During the reception,… Read more

Interim President Joseph Alutto plans to ‘decompress’ once presidential duties end

June 25, 2014
  Ohio State Interim President Joseph Alutto said he plans to “decompress” once his presidential duties end in late June. In an interview with The Lantern following a reception held for Alutto Tuesday, Alutto said he also plans to spend time preparing for future teaching roles in addition to continuing research in leadership he was doing prior to becoming interim president. “I also do a lot of international work so I want to make sure we continue to support and expand our international programs at Ohio State,” Alutto said. Alutto will hand the reins over to Dr. Michael Drake, current chancellor of the University of California Irvine, June 30. Drake… Read more

Ohio State travels from Gordon Gee to Michael Drake

June 25, 2014
It took Ohio State a calendar year to travel from one president to the next. Dr. Michael Drake will assume his new position as Ohio State president Monday, a day less than a year since E. Gordon Gee’s retirement from the position July 1, 2013. Joseph Alutto became the interim president the day Gee retired. Drake will be OSU’s 15th president and its first black president. He is set to earn an annual base salary of $800,000 during his five-year term and is also eligible for a $200,000 bonus each year alongside an annual credit of $200,000 under a deferred compensation agreement. Drake’s contract also includes stipulations such as research… Read more

Ohio State doles out $610K for presidential search

May 28, 2014
A new leader doesn’t come cheap—Ohio State dished out nearly $610,000 in its efforts to find a president, ensuring along the way that the people conducting the search and the candidates they found ate and traveled well. Over the course of a six month presidential search, OSU used “unrestricted funds” to pay a private search firm, a private business jet rental company and other various restaurants and businesses in the Columbus area, expenses that one OSU professor said don’t seem extreme. And while that spending resulted in the hiring of a president that officials have said they’re enthusiastic to have, the man chosen doesn’t seem to have been those officials’… Read more

Jim Tressel named next Youngstown State University president

May 9, 2014
Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel was announced as the next president of Youngstown State University Friday after being one of three finalists considered for the job. Youngstown State Board of Trustees voted unanimously for Tressel, who is the current vice president for student success at the University of Akron. It was announced Thursday he had not been chosen as the next president of the University of Akron, where he was also a finalist. The Akron Board of Trustees instead chose Scott Scarborough, the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Toledo. Tressel is set to be Youngstown State’s ninth president, but according to… Read more