I recently read a quote from Ohio State’s national champion wrestler that really struck me: “People do not come to Ohio State to be ordinary.”
What an incredibly true statement. It actually came to mind for me multiple times as I looked out across the room while delivering my investiture speech. I am still delving into the first year of my presidency at Ohio State, but each and every day I meet members of the broad university community who aim to excel, rather than simply achieve. Seeing so many of those special individuals come together for my investiture ceremony was a humbling experience.
My deep gratitude goes to everyone who contributed to the investiture and created such a meaningful memory for Brenda, our family and me. I greatly appreciate the countless Buckeyes who have marked the beginning of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
It is a great privilege to serve as this university’s 15th president. Ohio State is a catalyst in expanding what we believe to be possible, improving lives and stimulating new ideas. I am very proud of this institution and our people, and I am excited to work with you as we move forward. Thank you for your support of this extraordinary university.
Michael V. Drake, MD