His appointment came Friday, Feb. 1, at a trustee board meeting of the Fayetteville, Mo., school.
Drake will replace Marianne Inman, who retires in June after 18 years as CMU’s president.
“I am honored to be chosen,” Drake said. “It is my hope that the institutional momentum created under President Inman’s leadership can continue far into the future.”
The appointment comes after a seven-month search that included CMU Board members, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members.
“We expect the higher education environment to experience many challenges and changes in the immediate future,” Cox said. “Dr. Drake’s business experience, coupled with his academic accomplishments, makes him an excellent choice to lead Central Methodist University during such a period as we continue to excel and grow.”
Currently the vice president of administration and finance at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky., Drake and his wife Judy were on hand for the announcement Friday. Drake has been in his current position since 2004.
His responsibilities at Lindsey Wilson College include serving as chief financial officer, overseeing areas such as accounting, finance, planning, human resources, information technology, information systems, buildings and grounds, the campus service center, and auxiliary enterprises. Lindsey Wilson College has an enrollment of 2,677 and operates an extensive off-campus program in five states.
Drake attended Lees Junior College (Jackson, Ky.), received a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Eastern Kentucky University, a master of business administration/executive MBA degree Vanderbilt University, and the doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree from Vanderbilt.
From 1992 to 2004 he was vice president of finance for AAA Mine Service, Inc. in Hazard, Ky. Drake was vice president for business affairs at Lees College in Jackson, Ky. from 1989 to 1992.