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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.

Peggy Fisher, FA’70, Chief Executive Officer of The Stelter Company—Peggy 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.

Adam Voigts, Chief Financial Officer—Adam oversees the University’s financial operations and provides strategic direction to University constituencies with respect to financial affairs.

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.

Shelley Fairbairn, Associate Professor of Education, Education Teaching and Learning Department, School of Education—Shelley serves as President of the Drake Faculty Senate.



Important Admission Dates

Now - Apply to Drake

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August 6Bulldog Days of Summer (On-Campus Program)

August 9Bulldog Days of Summer (On-Campus Program)

August 12 - Virtual Bulldog Day of Summer program