Breaking News
More () »

Cleveland's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | Cleveland, Oh | WKYC.com

Ohio State University president Michael Drake plans to retire next year

Ohio State president Michael Drake announced on Thursday that he plans to retire at the end of academic year.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2018, file photo, Ohio State University President Michael Drake makes a statement during a press conference in Columbus, Ohio. Drake is planning to retire from his role as Ohio State president next year. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The president of Ohio State University says he’ll retire from that role next year.

President Michael Drake’s five-year tenure at one of the nation’s largest universities has included strategic successes, such as record numbers for the school in applications, graduates, research expenditures and donor support. But it also has been marred by scandals involving the university’s marching band, a prominent football coach and a former team doctor accused of widespread sexual abuse.

The 69-year-old Drake says he wanted to ensure the university had momentum when he decided to leave. He says the timing is right for the school and his family.

He’ll stay on at least until this academic year ends. Drake says he’ll remain on the faculty after that.

Ohio State will conduct a national search for his replacement.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

RELATED: Ohio State remains at No. 2 in third College Football Playoff poll

RELATED: Justin Fields throws 4 TD passes, No. 2 Ohio State beats Rutgers 56-21