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University Leadership

Drake’s leadership team is committed to a bold plan for progress toward our vision: to enhance our position as a premier university in the Midwest and as a national leader in higher education.

Meet Our Leaders

Drake’s leadership team combines experience with a deep dedication to the University and its mission.

Earl F. “Marty” Martin, PresidentPresident Martin has led Drake University since July 2015. Marty is an engaged leader with a commitment to students, the liberal arts, equity & inclusion, and strengthening engagement with the community.

David Golder, FA’79, managing partner of Golder Investment Management and Vice President and Treasurer of the Golder Family Foundation—David is chair of the Drake University Board of Trustees.

Sue Mattison, Provost—Sue is the chief academic officer at Drake University, leading the Office of the Provost since 2016 in overseeing all academic programs. Additionally, she holds a PhD in epidemiology and tenure as professor in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The Academic Deans and Chairs—These academic leaders lead the University’s six colleges and schoolsthe libraries, the interdisciplinary programs, the division of student affairs, and the academic departments.

Brian Hardin, Athletic Director—Brian provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of Drake Athletics, which fields 18 Division I teams. He was a Drake Relays champion while a student at Valley High School in West Des Moines and competed in the Relays all four years while attending Marquette.

Chris Gill, Chief Information Technology Officer—Chris has led Drake’s office of Information Technology Services (ITS) since 2015, guiding a team that maintains the University's servers and networks, safeguards data, and provides technology support to the campus community. He served previously as the CIO for Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

Heather Travis, Interim Chief Financial Officer—Heather oversees the financial portion of Drake’s Office of Finance and Administration. She also serves as the Controller at Drake.

Venessa Macro, LW'92, Chief Administration Officer—Venessa provides leadership to several areas on campus. She previously served as associate vice president of finance and administration and director of human resources.

John P. Smith, AS'92, GR'00, Vice President for University Advancement—John has led University Advancement since 2006, overseeing teams dedicated to Alumni Relations, University Communications and Marketing, and Development.

Renee Cramer, Professor of Law, Politics and Society—Renee serves as President of the Drake Faculty Senate.



Important Admission Dates

Monday-Friday - Schedule an individual visit to tour Drake

Now - Entering first year and transfer students can apply for Fall 2019

July 22- Bulldog Days of Summer visit program

July 29- Bulldog Days of Summer visit program

August 1 - Application opens for Fall and Spring 2020

August 5- Bulldog Days of Summer visit program

August 9- Bulldog Days of Summer visit program