Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Message to UC community regarding President-designate Dr. Michael V. Drake

Dear UCSF Community,

Late yesterday, the University of California Board of Regents announced the appointment of Michael V. Drake, MD, as the 21st president of the University of California system.

Dr. Drake takes the helm of the UC system at a pivotal time. I am confident that his leadership will guide us through the challenges facing us.

His appointment is especially meaningful because Dr. Drake is a former UCSF colleague. He received his medical degree from UCSF, did his residency and fellowship in ophthalmology here, and subsequently spent more than two decades on the faculty of the UCSF School of Medicine, including as the Steven P. Shearing Professor of Ophthalmology. He was also vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, and senior associate dean for admissions and extramural academic programs in the School of Medicine. Pending an academic personnel review, he also will become a tenured professor at UCSF.

As we enthusiastically welcome Dr. Drake back to our community, I want to express my gratitude to UC President Janet Napolitano. I have been honored to serve as Chancellor under her leadership. Among many other actions, President Napolitano’s championing of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program stands as a sterling example of how she led with courage, determination and a dedication to the ideals of equity and inclusion that we hold dear at UCSF. 

Please see below for the announcement on Dr. Drake from the chair of the UC Board of Regents, John A. Pérez.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor



Dear UC Colleagues,

As Chair of the Board of Regents, I am delighted to share with you that Michael V. Drake, MD, will become the 21st President of the University of California.

Dr. Drake, former Chancellor of UC Irvine and Vice President of UC Health Affairs, returns to the University of California after having served with great distinction since 2014 as the President of The Ohio State University.

As I noted to my colleagues on the Board, I believe Dr. Drake personifies the qualities we looked for in selecting a new President: he is committed to seeing the whole student and to supporting all our students, he recognizes the incalculable value of faculty and staff to the University’s mission, and he understands the importance of the public and private partnerships that help us achieve that mission.

These qualities dovetail with the priorities we heard from the UC community during the selection process, a thorough 10-month long nationwide search that included broad consultation with faculty, students, staff and alumni as well as soliciting an unprecedented amount of public input. More information on the search process can be located here.

As the first person of color to serve as UC President, Dr. Drake arrives at an important point in the University’s journey. From my own discussions with him, I am confident Dr. Drake is the right leader to build upon UC’s educational and research excellence and to advance the University’s goal to serve all segments of society as an engine of economic and social mobility.

I will have the honor of introducing President-designate Drake to the UC community during a special, livestreamed conversation at 11:30 a.m. (PST) on July 10 that can be accessed here. I hope you can join us as we begin inaugurating this exciting new era at UC. 

Fiat Lux,

John A. Pérez
Chair, Board of Regents