The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has named Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake to its Board of Trustees. Drake is one of three new trustees to join the board.
Dr. Drake has a long history in this kind of service position. He spent five years as vice president for health affairs for UC Irvine and directed special research programs on tobacco and breast cancer. He also co-chaired the California-Mexico Health Initiative. He launched a program know as PRIME to train physicians to treat under-served populations in the state of California and founded the California Health Benefits Review Program. Previous to these accomplishments Drake spent a twenty success filled years at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine.
Dr. Drake also has a long history with contemporary music. Maybe most importantly he is a musician himself, Drake plays guitar. Also, one of his first jobs was working for Tower Records in Sacramento. For many years he also taught an interesting course at UC Irvine that examines civil rights era music to track social changes. In fact, Drake plans to resurrect the course next year at OSU.
Between his service and knowledge of music Dr. Michael V. Drake seems like a perfect addition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees.