Office of the President

DrakeCentral Methodist University feels like home. It is a special place – in many places - where students cannot get lost in the shuffle. Consistent with its mission, CMU "prepares students to make a difference in the world."

These descriptions proved to be recurring themes from students, faculty, staff, and alumni during the recent presidential selection process. At a glance, one can gain an appreciation for the culture of teaching and learning, for the sense of belonging among the students, and for the commitment and dedication that exist on the CMU campus. Those same values apply to our many extended learning sites, too.

The Central Methodist commitment to a student-centered education is the driving force behind our presence in approximately 120 educational sites across Missouri. CMU students, regardless of their campus choice, can expect a quality learning experience delivered by a talented and caring faculty and staff.

If you are a new student, anxiously awaiting your arrival on the Central Methodist campus or ready to begin your life anew as a student at one of our off-campus sites, you and I have much in common. Like you, I have just begun my Central Methodist experience. I hope that you are as excited as I am about our journey. I look forward to watching you learn and grow on our campus and then watching you make a difference in the world.

- Roger Drake, President


About Dr. Roger Drake

Dr. Drake is the 26th President of Central Methodist history. He joined CMU on July 1, 2013.

Dr. Drake had been Vice President of Administration and Finance at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky., for the previous nine years. His responsibilities included serving as chief financial officer, and overseeing areas such as accounting, finance, planning, human resources, information technology, information systems, buildings and grounds, the campus service center, and auxiliary enterprises.

Dr. 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 from Vanderbilt University, and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from Vanderbilt.

He is a former Vice President of Finance for AAA Mine Service, Inc. in Hazard, Ky. and prior to that served as Vice president for Business Affairs at Lees College in Jackson, Ky. Dr. Drake and his wife Judy live in Fayette.