Ohio State President Visits Newark Campus
NEWARK, Ohio, March 23, 2017 – The Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake, M.D., believes Ohio State’s regional campuses play a “critical role” as the institution looks to enhance access and affordability for students. Dr. Drake visited the Newark campus on Wednesday, March 22.
“The more the regional campuses thrive, the more the university thrives because we're one university,” said Drake. “I appreciate the opportunity regional campuses give to students to access Ohio State and have a more intimate, individualized experience.”
Drake started his day around 10 a.m. as he met with Ohio State Newark Dean and Director and Executive Dean of Regional Campuses William L. MacDonald. Drake then attended a coffee and refreshments reception with faculty and staff, followed by a question and answer session in the John Gilbert Reese Center. He was also taken on a tour of campus showcasing the new Newark campus residence hall currently under construction.
“I’m truly impressed with this campus. It’s great to see all that is happening here,” said Drake. “The Newark campus is one of the ways Ohio State provides access and affordability to people across the state of Ohio. This year, 1400 students received affordability grants from my office to attend the Newark campus. We cut administrative costs in order to provide those grants to students. It’s gratifying to see how that money is being used to help students with tuition.”
The President’s Affordability Grant program provides need-based financial aid to thousands of in-state undergraduates. In 2016, the grants were extended to include regional campus students.
After the campus tour, Drake attended a luncheon with community members, Ohio State Newark Board members, the Ohio State Newark administrative leadership team and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. COTC and Ohio State Newark share the Newark campus and have forged an outstanding partnership that is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. “Congratulations to both Ohio State Newark and Central Ohio Technical College,” said Drake. “We truly appreciate the partnership in Newark between these two institutions. It provides tremendous opportunities to students in central Ohio.”
Drake then attended a dessert reception with students, followed by a question and answer session in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center.
“The Newark campus is an important pathway to access Ohio State,” said Drake during a roundtable discussion. “We are all Buckeyes together. I look forward to seeing some of you at The Shoe for graduation in May."
The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.