University of California Board of Regents appoints first Black president

Dr. Michael Drake becomes the university's 21st president
University of California Board of Regents appoints first Black president
Posted at 10:02 AM, Jul 08, 2020

Dr. Michael Drake became the University of California's first Black president on Tuesday, the Board of Regents announced in a press release.

Dr. Drake will replace Janet Napolitano when she steps down in August.

“Dr. Drake personifies the qualities we looked for in selecting a new president: He is committed to seeing the whole student and to supporting all our students. He recognizes the incalculable value of faculty and staff to the University’s mission, and he understands the importance of the public and private partnerships that help us achieve that mission,” said John A. Pérez, chair of the UC Board of Regents in the release. “As the first person of color to serve as UC president, Dr. Drake returns to UC at an important point in the University’s journey. This is a homecoming the University of California is very excited to be celebrating early.”

Drake will oversee 10 campuses, five medical centers, three nationally affiliated labs, more than 280,000 students, and 230,000 faculty and staff.

Up until this past week, Drake was president at The Ohio State University beginning in 2014.

“Much has changed in the 15 years since I was given the privilege of becoming chancellor at UC Irvine, but not my absolute belief in this great University and its time-honored mission,” Drake said in the press release. “I look forward to working with the regents, chancellors, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and our broader community as we, together, guide the University through the challenging times ahead. Brenda and I are thrilled to be back. Fiat Lux!”