View from the Chair

The President’s search committee was created last week and charged with its first task of reviewing the job description for the next President. The final posting will be taken out to the market by the end of October. Spencer Stuart, the search firm, will then receive nominations and conduct market outreach to identify prospects. The first face-to-face meeting of the committee is scheduled for November 1st. At this first meeting, they will review the charge to the committee, the search process, the timeline, scheduling for the search, and discuss other details. Service on a search committee is labor-intensive, and these members are required to be proactive in their outreach. This team consists of an esteemed group of colleagues, who have been carefully selected. They will work with Spencer Stuart, as a rigorous, national search will be conducted for a distinguished leader who, as President of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, will lead the institution to the next level of excellence. 

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

 Changing Perceptions for Primary Care Physicians Through a Special Week of Events

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and the Keck School of Medicine at USC have joined together to produce a program that highlighs the importance of primary care physicians as a medical career. The event, billed as the First Annual Primary Care Week, began Mon., Oct. 18 and is scheduled to end Thurs., Oct. 21. “It’s to spotlight the importance of primary care as a viable option, and there's a need for it,” said Kenneth E. Wolf, Ph.D., associate dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Medicine. He was the university's primary point person for the event, along with Carmella Sawyers, M.D., a faculty member in the College of Medicine, and Shirley Gadiok, an administrative assistant, Faculty Affairs. “It’s also a chance to showcase Charles Drew University as a medical entity in Los Angeles.”

 Heat Fails to Sap Spirits of AIDS Walkers

Cynthia Davis, like so many others, was willing to walk in record heat for a good cause. She was one of more than 2,000 people who turned out for the first ever California AIDS Walk held in late September at the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Though the walk was shortened to a 1K event with the mercury rising above 105 degrees, the heat could not sap the spirits of those raising money for a good cause. Through sponsors, Ms. Davis accumalated more than $6,000 for the Charles Drew Mobile Testing, one of the Southern California nonprofit groups that the fundraiser aided. “This was one of most diverse crowds I’ve seen at an AIDS walk,” said Ms. Davis, an assistant professor at Charles Drew University. “You had families, teens, straight, gays, transgenders, seniors," she said. “It was an awesome event.” Read More

  Spreading the Word and Growing the Alumni Base Over Appetizers

Nearly three dozen alumni from the College of Science and Health came together at a reception held recently in Palm Springs. The event, at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, was hosted in conjunction with the 34th Annual California Academy of Physician Assistants Conference. Among those attending were graduates from the Physician Assistants Medex programs 5 and 20, as well as the Master of Public Health program.

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Academic Affairs

Stephanie Bangert plans to review the university’s compliance with accreditation standards set by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Ms. Bangert of Samuel Merritt University in Oakland will hold meetings on campus Nov. 2 and 3 with committees and senior managers.

  School of Nursing

 Dean Gloria J. McNeal was appointed by the Initiative on the Future of Nursing, a partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine, to serve on a seven-member panel for the State of California. The state is one of only five chosen to put proposals into practice from the institute’s new report on nursing in the health care reform era.


Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center will be honoring the university and other grant recipients during a program to be held Fri., Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m. at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. The featured speaker will be Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach).

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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.