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Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake appointed to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Board of Trustees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has named Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake to its Board of Trustees. Drake is one of three new trustees to join the board.

Joining Drake as a new trustee are Kofi Bonner, regional vice president of Lennar Urban, and Daryl Laisure, president and CEO of ZIN Technologies.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Drake, Kofi and Daryl join the Board during this monumental year,” said Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “Their expertise and forward-thinking leadership will help further the Rock Hall’s mission and strengthen its impact.”

In 2015, the Rock Hall will celebrate the museum’s 20th anniversary, the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 18, and the opening of new exhibits. The museum’s visitor experience, its award-winning educational activities and library and archives make the Rock Hall an anchor for Cleveland’s visitor experience and a significant economic engine. Each year, the Rock Hall generates more than $100 million in economic impact for Ohio.

Drake became the university’s 15th president on June 30, 2014, following three decades of service as a higher education leader with the University of California (UC). From July 2005 – June 2014, he served as chancellor of UC Irvine. He also served as a Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology (School of Medicine) and Education (School of Education).

Drake is no stranger to contemporary music. One of his first jobs was at Tower Records in Sacramento, he plays guitar, and he taught a course for many years during his tenure at UC Irvine that incorporated music from the civil rights era in an examination of the social changes that occurred during the civil rights movement. He plans to teach it next year at Ohio State. Last month, he drew on his expertise in music and history to deliver “Reaching for the Top: Music of the Civil Rights Era” as the keynote lecture during the Wexner Medical Center’s annual Black History Month event.

Prior to Drake’s arrival at UC Irvine, he served for five years as vice president for health affairs for the UC system, overseeing academic program policy at the system’s 15 health sciences schools, located on seven campuses. He directed the special research programs in tobacco, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS; co-chaired the California/Mexico Health Initiative; launched the PRIME (PRogram In Medical Education) initiative to train physicians to care for underserved populations statewide; and founded the California Health Benefits Review Program.

Before that, he spent more than two decades on the faculty of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, ultimately becoming the Steven P. Shearing Professor of Ophthalmology and senior associate dean. He has served as an administrative leader, teacher and physician-scientist, conducting clinical research on glaucoma and maintaining an active surgical practice. He has written scores of scholarly articles and chapters, and his fifth textbook was published in 2009.

Drake currently serves on the board and membership committees of the Association of American Universities. In 2014, he was appointed to a three-year term as secretary of the Council of Presidents of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).