Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

The autumn semester is winding to a close, with exam week nearly complete, and preparations for commencement and the holidays underway.

It has been an exciting first six months for Brenda and me at this great university. From move-in day and convocation to our annual Thanksgiving dinner and commencement, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting thousands of wonderful people and taking part in the vibrant life of the university.

We’ve had a number of institutional highlights to celebrate this fall, including:

  • The opening of the new James Hospital, one of the finest cancer facilities of its kind in the world
  • Welcoming the most talented incoming class in history, with a 10 percent increase in applications over previous years
  • Hiring prominent leaders in medicine and business: Dr. Sheldon Retchin, one of the most respected medical leaders in the country, who was named new CEO of the Wexner Medical Center; and international finance scholar and researcher Anil Makhija, who was appointed dean of Fisher College of Business 
  • Beginning the hiring of 39 Discovery Themes faculty in data analytics, with a commitment to attracting an outstanding, diverse applicant pool
  • National recognition of our global initiatives, including the launch of our third Global Gateway office in São Paulo, Brazil

Unfortunately, the semester has not been free of tragedy. Our deepest sympathies have gone out to the families of Kosta Karageorge and Stephanie Fibelkorn, as well as to the families and friends of the other Buckeyes we have lost. We hope that our collective care and best wishes will provide at least some small comfort during the difficult days ahead.

As we face the future together – with 3,300 new alumni crossing the stage this week, and an exciting playoff football game ahead – we are strengthened in the knowledge that we belong to a wonderful and very special community. How firm thy friendship!

Best of luck as each of you wrap up the semester, and many blessings for healthy and happy holidays. Go Bucks!


Michael V. Drake, MD