UPDATE: UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake to Step Down in June to Become Ohio State President

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[UPDATE: Jan. 30, 2014 1:52 p.m.]: Check page two for official statement from the University of California System President Janet Napolitano and a comment by ASUCI President Nicole Hisatomi. Original post, UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake To Be New Ohio St. University President: Reports, as follows.

According to reports last night by The Columbus Dispatch and Ohio State University's student newspaper, The Lantern, UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake will be leaving Orange County to become the next president of Ohio State University.

His hiring is expected to be announced during the OSU Board of Trustee's meeting on Thursday, where it will most likely be approved, according to The Dispatch. Drake would start the job in June.

This will be his first professional foray away from the Best Coast. Drake graduated from Stanford after starting school at Sacramento City College. He received his medical degree from UCSF and began teaching there in the 1970s, eventually climbing his way through the UC system to his current position as the highest-ranked administrator at UCI.

During his soft-spoken tenure, Irvine has blossomed, adding a law school, education school, and improving the medical center.

Why is Drake leaving the land of burritos, beaches, and beer (not to mention the 14th-ranked public university in the country) for Ohio, the state so bad that it's produced the most people who want to launch themselves into space in the country? Well, in 2012 Drake made just over $400,000. OSU President E. Gordon Gee? $984,616.42.

Also, there's the fact that OSU has twice the amount of students, an actual athletics program, and a 10-time larger endowment.

Talk about competition.

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