Drake took over the helm of the university four years ago from E. Gordon Gee, who twice led the school. In April 2017, trustees extended Drake’s contract to June 2021.
Drake was just named chair of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities — the oldest higher education association in North America with 238 institutions, including 74 land-grant universities. He is the first OSU president to chair the organization in nearly four decades.
Drake also just completed a year as chair of the Association of American Universities.
The review letter noted: “While you have established great relationships on a national level, there is an opportunity for our university to strengthen important connections locally and across Ohio with members of the business community and state officials, including our incoming governor.”
Republican Mike DeWine was elected governor earlier this month and is slated to take the oath of office in January, replacing OSU alum and fellow Republican John Kasich, who was barred by term limits from running for a third term.