Dr. Michael Drake Is UC System's First Black President

Ameera Butt
July 07, 2020 - 7:07 pm

The University of California system will have its first Black president.

Michael V. Drake will be the first Black President, according to a UCLA USAC External Vice President press release on Tuesday.

"President Drake will also be UC’s first Black President, and its first President of color," the press release said.

In a press release from the UCLA USAC External Vice President on Tuesday, USAC External Vice President Aidan Arasasingham said:

“I’m pleased to welcome Dr. Drake back to our UC community. Growing up at UC Irvine, I was impressed to witness first hand then-Chancellor Drake’s intentional partnership with students, focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion, and commitment to educational access. Given the ongoing epidemics of Covid-19, unaffordability, and racial injustice in our state, students have high expectations for President Drake to chart a future rooted in social, economic, and racial justice. I look forward to working closely with President Drake to make that future a reality for UC.”

Drake has experience as a faculty member, health administrator and UC Irvine's fifth chancellor.

The press release says "After his work at the UC, Dr. Drake served as President of The Ohio State University and chair of the Board of Directors for both the Association of American Universities and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. During his tenure at The Ohio State University, the university implemented its first comprehensive tuition freeze for in-state students in decades among other affordability and education accessibility efforts."

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