View from the Chair

This morning, we had our first CDU Board of Trustees meeting. I was very encouraged by the participation and positive energy of the board members in attendance. We were able to discuss and make progress on creation of Board subcommittees, WASC accreditation matters, and the university’s strategic plan.


The Board was thoroughly briefed on all the financial issues confronting the university. Additionally, the Board acted on the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee to appoint Dean Gloria J. McNeal, founding dean of the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing, as a full professor. 


The Board is also happy to announce today that Ngozi Angela Chukwu was nominated as the student representative. Three student candidates gave excellent presentations to the Board that exemplified the quality of student leaders that the institution produces.


The President’s Search Committee also had its first face-to-face meeting today. It was fully attended by members of the search committee and Spencer Stuart – the search firm. The committee is charged with providing three unranked presidential candidates to the Board of Trustees by early March.


M. Roy Wilson, M.D.
Board of Trustees

  Primary Care Week Ends on High Note 

Charles Drew University and the Keck School of Medicine at USC held their first joint conference examining the merits of becoming a primary care physician. The closing ceremonies, held Oct. 21 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, were hosted by Richard Baker, M.D., provost and dean of the College of Medicine. Being located in the nation’s most populous county and state, during a historic period of health care reform, he said, “it’s our responsibility to lead the discussion,” on primary care. The keynote speaker, Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., discussed how large health care providers are best suited for primary care. Dr. Chu, president of the Southern California region for Kaiser Permanente and a member of the Board of Councilors at Charles Drew University,  said that large organizations have hired the support and invested in technology, allowing primary care physicians to focus on caring for their patients. The organizers were pleased with the effort, as planning already has begun on next year’s annual event, said Kenneth E. Wolf, Ph.D, the associate dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Medicine. “It worked out well,” he said.

Wearing Pride on Your Sleeve

This week marks the beginning of Pride Fridays at Charles Drew University. Students, staff and faculty are asked to wear clothing that shows the university’s insignia. Dr. Toni ELBoushi, the director of Human Resources who came up with the idea, said that wearing such clothing not only shows an individual’s pride in the university. It also spreads visibility of the institution. “Many of us have attended our own alma maters and experienced the feeling of being connected to a University we’ve loved, been loyal and committed to,” said Dr. ELBoushi. “Many have attended other academic institutions and seen students, staff, and faculty wearing the university colors with pride. The idea for CDU Pride came from that personal experience we all had at one time in our lives and for some, right here at CDU.” Everyone wearing university apparel on Friday will receive a raffle ticket, making them eligible for a drawing to receive a prize. “CDU Pride Fridays is one step on the way to our future,” she said.


In order to purchase clothing with the Charles Drew University logo, please see Lorraine Grey, 323-563-5901,; Victoria Franklin at 323-563-3690,; or Blanch Ross at 323-563-4992, 

Early Optimism Over a Site Visit

After a site visit last week from the U.S. Department of Education, Richard Lindstrom said the routine inquiry for the Title III program went “very well. The Title III, Part B grant, which supports Historically Black Graduate Institutions, funds several projects on campus at $2.16 million annually. Those ventures range from new equipment in the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing to resuming the university’s alumni association, said Mr. Lindstrom, who directs the university’s Title III program. The latest review, spread over three days on campus, came from the U.S. Congress’ request for greater oversight nationwide into how program funds have been spent. The five-member site team will be issuing a report within the next 30 days, but the initial response seems promising, Mr. Lindstrom said. “The site visit team said that this was one of the best site visits they had had, that they did not see any red flags, and that our mission and activities were all great,” he said. What’s more, Mr. Lindstrom said, the team members told him the university has created some “exemplary processes” for managing the grant.

News in Brief



Office of Development  

The Mission Maker campaign, a university-wide fundraising effort handled through the Office of Development, has raised $11,830 so far, exceeding more than 20% of its goal, said Blanch Ross, the development resource administrator. To donate, please call Ms. Ross at 323-563-4992, or send an email to



Academic Affairs

Stephanie Bangert of Samuel Merritt University in Oakland will be visiting campus Nov. 2 and 3, reviewing the university's compliance with accreditation standards set by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, according to Ronald Edelstein, Ed.D, Dean of Academic Affairs.



Student Government

Last week, the Charles Drew Student Government sponsored a blood drive on campus, raising 24 pints of blood for the Providence Blood Donor Center, according to Victoria Franklin, who advises the group.



Urban Health Institute 

State Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod, who represents the Chino, Ontario Pomona area and chairs the powerful committee on Business and Professions, recently toured campus with Dr. Mervyn M. Dymally. Her interest in the university began when she served in the State Assembly with him.

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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.