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Dr. Michael V. Drake

Dr. Michael V. Drake became the 15th president of The Ohio State University on June 30, 2014, following nine years as chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, where he led the university with a focus on excellence and inclusivity. Dr. Drake is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and he serves on the boards of the Association of American Universities and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. In 2014, he was appointed secretary of the Council of Presidents of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). Read Dr. Drake's full biography »

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015

Photos from the ceremony

From receiving the presidential medallion of office to sharing his vision for the university to laughing with fellow Buckeyes, President Drake’s investiture ceremony was a special day. Take a look at some of the highlights through photos »

The Investiture of President Michael V. Drake
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015

#InvestedOSU: A social welcome

President Drake’s investiture ceremony included lots of warm welcomes and wishes from the Ohio State community. Students, faculty, leaders, alumni and friends shared their favorite moments throughout the ceremony on social media using #InvestedOSU. Scroll through the Storify to see highlights from Twitter and Instagram »

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015

Invested in Ohio State: Six presidential welcomes

Ohio State has been welcoming presidents for more than 100 years. Edward Orton started his tenure by delivering an inaugural address at the Ohio Statehouse in 1874, and since then, presidents have conducted their formal public welcomes in a variety of different ways. Read more about six of the institution’s more memorable welcomes »

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2015
MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2015

What is an investiture?

Defined as the “act or ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of a high office,” an investiture is an academic ceremony in which a new leader is “vested” with the official powers of office. Held during a president’s first year in office, an investiture provides an opportunity to welcome a new chapter in a university’s history and celebrate as a community.

In short: “Inauguration” refers to events planned to celebrate a new president, “installation” is the actual moment the new president assumes office and an “investiture” is the ceremony itself.

The presidential medallion of office was first worn by Ohio State President Harold Enarson. It was struck to commemorate the university’s centennial in 1970, and is bestowed on each president as a symbol of the office. It will be presented to Ohio State President Michael V. Drake during his investiture ceremony on March 31.
MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2015

Welcoming our leaders

Since 1940, Ohio State has welcomed many of its presidents with ceremonial events that recognize a leader's official transition to the university’s highest office. From Bevis to Enarson to Drake, these ceremonies mark an important part of Ohio State’s presidential history.

Howard L. Bevis (left) and former Ohio State President George W. Rightmire talk at the beginning of Bevis’s inaugural procession on Oct. 25, 1940.
Members of Howard L. Bevis’s inauguration procession move toward the inauguration ceremony on Oct. 25, 1940.
Ohio State President Howard L. Bevis moves to the podium to deliver his inaugural address after being introduced by Board of Trustees chair Herbert S. Atkinson.
Newly inaugurated Ohio State President Howard L. Bevis (second from right) poses with (from left) former president George W. Rightmire, former acting president William McPherson and Harvard University President James Bryant Conant outside of Bricker Hall on Oct. 25, 1940. Conant delivered the speech, “The University and a Free Society,” prior to Bevis’s inaugural address.
Ohio State President Novice G. Fawcett (sixth from right) shares the stage with university dignitaries prior to his inaugural address on April 29, 1957, at St. John Arena.
An overhead view of Ohio State President Novice G. Fawcett’s inaugural address on April 29, 1957 at St. John Arena. Fawcett’s speech was titled, “Toward a New Level of Greatness.”
Newly-inaugurated Ohio State President Novice G. Fawcett poses with Board of Trustees chair James R. Huffman following his inaugural ceremony on April 29, 1957.
Harold L. Enarson’s installation was held on the same day as Ohio State’s fall quarter commencement on Dec. 15, 1972, at St. John Arena.
Ohio State President Harold L. Enarson delivers his inaugural address during fall commencement on Dec. 15, 1972, at St. John Arena. Enarson’s speech was titled, “To Be United in Shared Purpose.”
Ohio State President Harold L. Enarson (center) poses with then-chair of the Board of Trustees James W. Shocknessy and Jesse Owens at his installation on Dec. 15, 1972, at St. John Arena. Owens received an honorary doctorate from Enarson that day.
Ohio State President Brit Kirwan (left) is greeted by Board of Trustees member Ted Celeste as former Ohio State Provost Ed Ray looks on at Kirwan’s investiture ceremony on Feb. 26, 1999, at Mershon Auditorium.
Ohio State President Brit Kirwan delivers his investiture address during a ceremony at Mershon Auditorium on Feb. 26, 1999.
Former Ohio State President Brit Kirwan sits onstage after completing his investiture ceremony at Mershon Auditorium on Feb. 26, 1999.
Ohio State President Karen A. Holbrook is greeted at the podium by past-chair of the Board of Trustees James F. Patterson, during her investiture ceremony on May 29, 2003, at Mershon Auditorium.
Ohio State President Karen A. Holbrook delivers her investiture address on May 29, 2003, at Mershon Auditorium.

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