Last spring, the University of California Board of Regents approved UC President Robert Dynes’ nomination of Michael V. Drake as UC Irvine’s fifth chancellor. Since Drake’s appointment as chancellor, many in the UCI community have been buzzing with excitement, anticipation and even apprehension about what Drake would bring to the UCI community.
Drake was a UCSF professor and administrator and was the former UC vice president for health affairs prior to coming to UCI.
I recently had a chance to sit down with Drake and discuss exactly what his goals and plans for UCI were. Not only was he friendly, as he kept the interview on a lighter note with his occasional stories and jokes, but he showed that he, indeed, did have plans to improve UCI and that with hard work he is determined to make UCI a better learning community for both students, faculty and staff.
The New University: To start off with, how was your summer?
Chancellor Michael Drake: It was very busy.