The Future Looks Brighter for Charles R. Drew University

The Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles has chosen David M. Carlisle as the next president of the educational institution. Dr. Carlisle, who is African American, is director of the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. He previously was professor of medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Dr. Carlisle completed his medical training at Brown University and his residency at UCLA. He also holds master’s and doctoral degrees in public health from UCLA.

In recent years the university, which serves mostly minority students, has struggled financially. But now, it appears the medical school is headed in the right direction. Last fall a new board of trustees was selected which included the leaders of UCLA, the University of Southern California, and several large health providers. The new board was able to renegotiate a $43 million loan that the university had taken out to build its nursing school. Funds were raised from the University of California and the California Endowment.