After rising from assistant professor to the top ranks of the University of California system, Dr. Michael V. Drake is heading east to take the helm of Ohio State University, sources close to the presidential search have told The Dispatch.
Drake, 64, chancellor of the University of California in Irvine, reportedly will be introduced at a Board of Trustees meeting this afternoon, where his hiring is expected to be approved. He would start the job in June.
University officials declined to comment, and details of a contract aren't yet available.
An ophthalmologist by trade, Drake will come to Ohio with his wife, Brenda, after a long career in medicine and university management on the West Coast.
*An opthalmologist pun...get it? Bueller?