Irvine, Calif., May 29, 2014 â€“ University of California President Janet Napolitano has awarded the UC Presidential Medal to outgoing UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake. She noted Drakeâ€™s transformative legacy, including both physical and academic enhancements to the campus, the first new public law school in California in 40 years, and a 90 percent increase in student applications.
â€śYour wise leadership, discerning mind and ever-compassionate humanity have profoundly enriched the university and have contributed immeasurably to UC Irvineâ€™s stature among the leading research universities of the world,â€ť Napolitano said. â€śYour steadfast efforts as an eminent physician and highly respected educator have ensured that the lamp of learning continues to burn brightly, illuminating the educational path to a better life for countless underrepresented and disenfranchised students.â€ť
Drake was appointed UC Irvineâ€™s fifth chancellor in 2005. He will complete his service June 30 and become president of The Ohio State University.
The UC Presidential Medal was established in 1997 to recognize extraordinary contributions to the University of California or the community of learning. Jack W. Peltason, former UC president and UC Irvineâ€™s second chancellor, also received the medal this year.
About the University of California, Irvine: Located in coastal Orange County, near a thriving employment hub in one of the nationâ€™s safest cities, UC Irvine was founded in 1965. One of only 62 members of the Association of American Universities, itâ€™s ranked first among U.S. universities under 50 years old by the London-based Times Higher Education. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UC Irvine has more than 28,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. Itâ€™s Orange Countyâ€™s second-largest employer, contributing $4.3 billion annually to the local economy.
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