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So Michael Drake is retiring. What’s his legacy?

Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake announced he’ll be retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year earlier today. It should be noted that he won’t be going far— he will remain a faculty member at Ohio State—but he is stepping down nonetheless.

Here’s Drake’s statement on his retirement from news.osu.edu:

“Ohio State is a very special place. Brenda and I are blessed to be part of the incredible Buckeye community,” said Drake, 69. “The work being done at this university through teaching, learning, research, creative expression, community engagement and leading-edge partnerships is unprecedented in our 150-year history.

“Ohio State has enjoyed record successes in several of our most important strategic markers and has tremendous momentum. It was important to Brenda and me that the university be accelerating on a path forward as we decided to begin the transition.”

So, with all that said, now is a good time to look back on what all President Drake was able to accomplish at the helm of one of the biggest universities in America.

(Also can I just add that Michael Drake is currently 69 years old? Nice.)


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