M. Roy Wilson/View from the Chair

The Wait is Almost Over

The mystery ends this week. I'm planning soon to announce who has been chosen as the sole finalist for president of Charles Drew University.

For now, I’ll say this: the board’s choice came from a strong field of candidates.
Each of the applicants had something impressive to offer. They all made strong impressions. In the final analysis, however, we concluded that one person was best suited for the job.

Wrapping up final details, I expect to identify that finalist shortly.
Stay tuned for my announcement.  

                              Accreditation Matters


The strategic plan has progressed to the next stage. Clay Tellers, the acting chief operating officer from ECG Management Consultants Inc. will begin holding discussions this week with leadership groups representing staff, students and faculty.


Having completed the initial brainstorming sessions, Mr. Tellers has begun branching out. The process is moving forward from thinking of ideas to looking harder at what is achievable, or realistic for the university.

Mr. Tellers will begin adding more specifics to the five-year timeline he’s using, based on financial projections. Before April ends, a forum will be held for the campus community that describes the plan in more detail.


At that gathering, Mr. Tellers and I will do our best to answer your questions, so you can remain current on this issue.

M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S. is chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Clark Honored for Commitment to Community, Leadership in Health 

Denishia Clark
Denishia L. Clark
Denishia L. Clark wrote a thesis, analyzing state policy that has been accepted by the Athens Institute for Education and Research.

Ms. Clark, who's enrolled in the graduate Urban Public Health program, wrote an abstract titled, "Are School-based Health Centers Sustainable in California? The 10th Annual International Conference on Health Economics, Management and Policy will be held June 27-30 in Athens, Greece.

Ms. Clark completed her undergraduate degree in 2007, majoring in kinesiology at San Diego State University. Two years later, she joined CDU. 

Despite her class load, she made time for campus activities. She is president of the Master of Public Health Student Association, and a certified HIV/AIDS testing counselor for the Charles Drew Mobile Testing program. 

In addition, she was elected as the student affairs representative in the Charles Drew Student Government, after previously serving in the organization as a senator. 

Ms. Clark, who grew up in Hayward, plans to pursue a doctoral degree in public health leadership and promotion. Someday, she hopes to own a preschool.

Elections Held This Week for Charles Drew Student Government  

  All enrolled students can vote for the candidates for the Charles Drew Student Government, who are running for office in 2011-12. They are:
Visit the Keck Lobby to read about the candidates or See Video. Voting will be held from Mon., Apr. 11 until Fri., Apr. 15 at 1 p.m. Bring your school identification in order to vote. Any questions, please see Victoria Franklin, whose office is located in the Keck Building.

A Festival for the Community

Drew Child Development Corp. held last week its annual festival called, "Healthy Bodies, Health Minds, Health Futures - A Community Resource & Job Fair." Presented by the SPA 6 School Readiness Task Force and funded through First 5 LA, a child advocacy organization, the event was held Apr. 8 on campus.  

Under sunny skies, parents brought their children, who were entertained by a musical band and a drum circle. Other adults also showed up for health screenings while learning other useful information. Although this marked the last in the six-year series, as the funding  grant has been used up, the event turned out well.    

"It was a success," said Yesenia Hernandez, a program assistant with Drew Child Development Corp. "We had great community vendors from local agencies that came out to the event." 


News in Brief


Spring Into Action

Spring Into Action, a health and fitness festival, will be held this month in South Los Angeles, featuring as the opening speaker Richard S. Baker, the university's provost and dean, College of Medicine. 

The free event features a range of activities, including an egg hunt; a 5-k Run; an Earth Day Celebration; a Youth Spring Zone; an obstacle course, and entertainment. 
In addition, free screenings for diabetes, cholesterol, anemia, blood pressure, HIV, as well as as dental, will be offered. 

Sponsored, in part, by Charles Drew University, the event has several other supporters: the Foundation for Second Chances; the Department of Recreation & Parks-Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, the North Area Neighborhood Development Council and Bring Back Gym.

Scheduled for Sat., Apr. 23, the festival will be held at the King Recreation Center, 3916 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ReadMore 


Class of 2011 Fundraiser

The Class of 2011 created a contest called "Gift to the College of Science and Health Opportunity Drawing."

Raffle tickets cost $2 each, three for $5, or eight for $10.

The grand prize is an Xbox 360. Great runner-up gifts include CDU memorabilia valued at $125 or $70. Tickets can be purchased from any of the organization's officers.

The drawing will be held Wed., Apr. 13 at 5 p.m. in the Keck Building's lobby.





Longer Library Hours 


The Health Sciences Library will offer extended hours until May 6. Open hours will be Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Extended hours for Saturdays and Sundays will be posted.




Good News Radio

"Good News Radio Magazine," a weekly broadcast, inspires people across Southern California. Co-hosted by Nell Forge, Ph.D. and Charles McWells through the university's Division of Community Engagement, their program can be heard on KTYM-AM 1460 or www.ktym.com  from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. For more information, call



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Become a Mission Maker Today

The Mission Maker campaign has raised half of its $50,000 goal. If you would like to donate to the campaign, which supports the university, its mission and its students, then please contact Blanch Ross. She can be reached at 323-563-4992, or at blanchross@cdrewu.edu.  


Charles Drew University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, Charles Drew University has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research. Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians, according to the Greenlining Institute.