Assemblymember Medina Statement on New UC President

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on the announcement that Michael Drake will succeed Janet Napolitano as president of the University of California:

“I would like to congratulate Michael Drake on his appointment as president of the University of California, making him the system’s first Black president. Dr. Drake’s tenures at Ohio State and UC Irvine demonstrate that he is a champion for students and increasing access to our state’s prestigious institutions. As he assumes the role in the midst of a pandemic, I look forward to working with him as we navigate these uncertain times.”

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