COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- A source close to the search for a new Ohio State University president has confirmed to our news partners, ABC6, that the university is set to announce the hiring of its 15th president on Thursday afternoon.

Michael Drake, the chancellor at UC-Irvine, is said to be the man they've picked to replace Gordon Gee.

OSU spokesman Gary Lewis declined to confirm the news Wednesday evening, saying only that the communications staff had not been informed of a decision and as far as they knew the search continued.

A person who answered the phone at Drake's office at UC-Irvine said that he wasn't available and offered to have someone return our call.

The OSU Board of Trustees had planned to meet on Friday, but Wednesday a notice went out that the meeting had been bumped up a day.

“The full Board of Trustees will now reconvene at 4 p.m. (Thursday), with a brief executive session to be followed by a public session at approximately 4:20 p.m.,” the notice read.

Drake would become OSU's first black president. He's expected to begin his term in June.

(Photo courtesy UC-Irvine)