Ohio State President Michael V. Drake named vice chair of Association of American Universities board of directors

Drake serves in leadership positions at numerous higher education advocacy groups

By: Chris Davey

Published on October 25, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – President Michael V. Drake, MD, has been named vice chair of the Association of American Universities (AAU) board of directors. The action comes 100 years after Ohio State joined the prestigious group in 1916. The organization is composed of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada. It advocates on issues that are important to research-intensive universities, such as funding for research, research policy issues, graduate and undergraduate education and campus life.

President Drake currently serves as chair of the AAU Membership Committee. He is completing a three-year term on the AAU board of directors. As vice chair for 2016-17, he will become chair of the board for 2017-18. The 11-member board proposes policy positions for consideration by the membership of the association at its meetings, approves the budgets of the association, works with the AAU president and Washington office to carry out the association’s agenda and functions for and on behalf of member universities between their regular meetings.

“Our participation in national higher education organizations gives Ohio State a unique opportunity to help set the course for solving the most important higher education issues of the day,” said President Drake. “We’re working on these issues with our national peers, and we’re also working hard on our campuses to ensure that our university is affordable, provides broad access and is evermore excellent.”

Dr. Drake holds leadership positions on several higher education related boards. He is chair of the Council of Presidents of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

The APLU is a research, policy and advocacy organization representing 239 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1887, APLU is North America’s oldest higher education association with member institutions in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, Canada and Mexico.

He also serves on the executive board of the University Innovation Alliance, a coalition of eleven public research universities spanning the geographic, economic and social diversity of the country that is committed to making quality college degrees accessible to a diverse body of students and consider this commitment a defining element of our public mission.

College athletics are an important part of higher education, and Drake plays leadership roles with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Big Ten.

With the NCAA, he is part of the Division 1 Presidential Forum, the Division 1 Sport Organizational Structure Working Group, the Board of Governors Ad Hoc Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity and Equity and the Board of Governors Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence.

He is part of the Big Ten’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors and the Council of Presidents and Chancellors Executive Committee, which hold ultimate responsibility for Big Ten Conference governance.

In addition, he serves on the board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc.

President Michael V. Drake, MD

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