Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

I am honored to join The Ohio State University today with the privilege of serving as the university’s 15th president. In the wider world of higher education, Ohio State is the place to be, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with and learn from you.

From the moment Brenda and I were first introduced to the Ohio State community in January, we have been welcomed with open arms. Thank you to all the individuals who marked our Ohio State beginning with smiles and Buckeye spirit. We immediately felt connected to this university and the remarkable work being done here. Whether it is participating in a bike ride to raise funds for cancer research or celebrating a technology-savvy marching band, we easily envisioned ourselves immersed in the university community and the city of Columbus.

A strong commitment to developing new ideas and solutions that elevate society is at Ohio State’s core. I wholeheartedly believe in this commitment, embodied by the university’s land-grant mission. Ohio State’s impact extends throughout the state, the country and the world. I look forward to seeing that impact firsthand as it continues to provide opportunity and improve the quality of life.

The Ohio State University is an institution unlike any other. The university acknowledges respected traditions while maintaining a steadfast vision for the future. It is rich with both achievement and possibility, creating an atmosphere of excellence in education, research and stewardship. For these and many other reasons, Brenda and I are truly excited to call Ohio State home!


Michael V. Drake, MD