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Dr. Michael Drake Makes History as University of California's First Black President

For the first time in its 152-year history, the University of California has elected Dr. Michael V. Drake as their first Black president. Dr. Drake — a national champion for access and equity who previously headed The Ohio State University and UC Irvine — was unanimously voted by the UC Board of Regents to head the school’s system, according to the Los Angeles Times . “Much has changed in the 15 years since I was given the privilege of becoming chancellor at UC Irvine, but not my absolute belief in this great University and its time-honored mission,” Dr. Drake said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the regents, chancellors, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and our broader community as we, together, guide the University through the challenging times ahead.” The university seized the opportunity to elect their first Black leader of a majority non-white student body as America continues to grapple with the new emerging battle against systemic racism. “Given the ongoing...

Jul 8, 2020