Michael V. Drake, MD

Michael V. Drake

Buckeye Strong


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Good afternoon. I want to express my profound appreciation for your efforts to support and lift up one another as Buckeyes in the wake of yesterday's frightening events. Many of those I visited in the hospital were quick to express their gratitude for the support they had received — from their colleagues, our medical center staff and our law enforcement officials. They continue to recover from their injuries, and I know you will keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Tonight, we will hold a unity event open to all Ohio State faculty, staff and students. I invite you to join us for this special #BuckeyeStrong Together gathering at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena.

As a reminder, support resources continue to be made available through Student Life's Counseling and Consultation Service and our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at the locations below.

For students:

  • Younkin Success Center - fourth floor; and 1030 Lincoln Tower
  • After hours, call 614-292-5766

For faculty and staff:

  • Individual sessions at 700 Ackerman Road (free parking); group counseling sessions are also available for scheduling in your department or work group. Call the EAP 24 hours a day at 800-678-6265 or email

The safety and security of the Ohio State community continue to be our top priority. As shared yesterday, these difficult days test our spirit — but we remain united as Buckeyes.


Michael V. Drake, MD