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Ohio State’s New President Called a Strong Choice

At Irvine, Michael Drake has been a skilled fundraiser, which is a key part of the job at Ohio State. He is a champion of diversity in the workforce, an area in which OSU has struggled and university officials have said they want to improve.

And Drake, an ophthalmologist, has managed a medical center. He led the expansion and revitalization of a troubled medical center at Irvine, and before that, oversaw medical schools throughout the University of California system. He will step into OSU amid construction of a $1 billion cancer hospital.