Michael V. Drake, MD

Michael V. Drake

Welcome Week


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

I hope you all had a wonderful summer!

The excitement of fall semester has arrived at The Ohio State University. I am delighted to be here with you as another academic year unfolds.

I have had the privilege of greeting many of our new and returning students during Welcome Week activities and sharing so much of what Ohio State and Columbus offer during Convocation and the Welcome Columbus Event. I look forward to spending more time with you, learning about your experiences and helping you realize your passions. Take a look at what the class of 2020 already has in store.

The potential that lives within our students, faculty and staff is endless. Harold Enarson, Ohio State’s ninth president, eloquently captured the university’s core mission: "We are a learning community…the university searches continually for the truth and betterment of the human condition."

We are reminded that as we begin a new academic year during a time of robust debate in our country, we do so within a campus community that encourages and embraces diversity of thought and opinion. We enjoy the great privilege of advancing ideas within the cherished framework of protected speech; our community thrives when we treat each other with respect and compassion.

Best wishes for a wonderful year at Ohio State, and Go Bucks!


Michael V. Drake, MD


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