The UC Board of Regents has appointed Michael V. Drake as the 21st President of the University of California. He is the first black President of the University.
Michael V. Drake was born in New York City and grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, until moving with his family to California.
He continues his higher studies at Stanford University & The University of California and holds three honorary degrees. Now he is around 69 years old and has two sons and four grandsons.
Before he was appointed to the position, he has been in charge as the president of the University of Ohio from 2014 until the past week. And also, his entire academic career has been at UC, including as the chancellor of UC Irvine for nine years from 2005 to 2014 and as the system-wide vice president for health affairs from 2000 to 2005.
Under his leadership, Drake greatly enhanced UC Irvine’s reputation as a premier university. UC Irvine rose to join the top 10 public universities in the U.S.
He took his A.B. from Stanford University and his residency and
fellowship in ophthalmology from UCSF.
Also, he has worked as the Steven P. Shearing Professor of Ophthalmology for more than two decays.
Moreover, he is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.
And for the great services, he has done for the universities & for his public
services, he has been awarded from: –
• The UCSF School of Medicines Clinical Teaching Award
• The Hogan Award for Laboratory Research
• The Chancellor’s Award for Public Service
• The martin Luther King. Jr Award for University Service
• The UC Irvine Medal
• The University of California Presidential Medal in recognition of
his exemplary service to the University.
With the new appointment of Dr. Michael drake as the next president of
UC, the current UC president Janet Napolitano said “Michael has my full
confident, and I am excited to see how his fresh infusion of ideas and new
perspectives will shape the University in the months and years ahead”.
The Board has approved Drake’s salary at $890,00. Pending an academic
personnel review, & Drake will be appointed as a tenured professor at
“Much has changed in 15 years since I was given the privilege of
becoming chancellor at UC Irvine, but not my belief in this
great University and its time-honored mission Fiat Lux!”
– Dr. Michael V. Drake –
Anyway, with his new position as the president of UC, he has become the first Black American to hold the presidentship in the history of 152-years at the University of California. Especially, the whole world pays their attention to the injustice things happen to the Black people in the United States of America these days. Giving an appointment like the president of UC to a Black American like Dr. Michael V. Drake shows the world that they just give the right place to the most suitable person and it does not depend on their race or anything.