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Former Ohio State President Michael Drake To Lead University Of California System

The Ohio State University President Michael Drake speaks during a vigil Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, following an attack on campus the previous day.
John Minchillo
Associated Press
Former Ohio State University President Dr. Michael Drake

Former Ohio State president Michael V. Drake will be heading back to California as the next president of the University of California system.

Drake will replace Janet Napolitano and become the first Black president in its 152-year history. He was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Board of Regents.

Drake, who served six years at the helm of Ohio State, spent his entire academic career within the University of California system prior to coming to Columbus. He served as the chancellor of the University of California, Irvine from 2005-2014.

Drake's replacement, Kristina Johnson, formerly of the State University of New York system, begins September 1.

Debbie Holmes began her career in broadcasting in Columbus after graduating from The Ohio State University. She left the Buckeye state to pursue a career in television news and worked as a reporter and anchor in Moline, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee.