Drake’s leadership team is committed to a bold plan for progress toward our vision: to enhance our position as a premier comprehensive university in the Midwest and as a national leader in higher education for learning, faculty roles, and public service.
We will broaden the recognition we have earned for the exceptional quality of our academic programs and our distinctive commitment to integrating liberal education, professional preparation, and personal development.
Drake’s leadership team brings together experience and expertise with a deep dedication to the University and its mission.
Earl F. “Marty” Martin, president—President Martin has led Drake University through the Office of the President since July 2015. Marty is an engaged leader with a commitment to the liberal arts, professional education, and enhancing diversity.
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, leading the resource managers and policy makers of the University.
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 schools, the libraries, the interdisciplinary programs, the division of student affairs, and the academic departments.
Brian Hardin, director of athletics—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 at the university level 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.
Teresa Krejci, chief financial officer—Teresa oversees the financial portion of Drake’s Office of Finance and Administration; she previously served as associate vice president of finance at Drake.
Venessa Macro, LW'92, chief administration officer—Venessa leads the administration portion of Drake’s Office of Finance and Administration; 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 development.
David Courard-Hauri, associate professor of Professor of Environmental Science and Sustainability—David serves as president of the Drake Faculty Senate, which makes rules for the academic sector of the University.