Carol Zajac, PhD

Interim Provost 

Carol S. Zajac is Interim Provost of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.  She brings a research and teaching/administrative background that combine her academic focus in Neuroteratology/Cell Biology with a higher education focus on underserved populations.   Dr. Zajac is a member of The Registry which places interim leaders in executive roles at institutions of higher education across the nation and internationally.

Prior to her appointment at CDU, Dr. Zajac served as President of St. Paul’s School of Nursing in New York and at DeVry College of New York.  She was Regional Vice President of Operations for Kaplan Higher Education, overseeing operations of regionally accredited institutions (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and New England Accreditation of Schools and Colleges), and the Regional Dean, Northeast for State University of New York/Empire State College.  As Assistant Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Michigan her research focused on behavioral, physiological and anatomical effects of fetal alcohol exposure as part of the Fetal Alcohol Research Center (NIAAA funded); her teaching responsibilities were in OB/GYN, embryology and neuroanatomy. 

Dr. Zajac is an innovative and enterprising top education operations executive with extensive experience in strategic and succession planning, change management, community outreach, online teaching, blended curricula, multi-campus management, internal marketing, and campus mergers.  She possesses a successful background in various educational environments, including medical school, four-year institutions, and community college, always with a focus on the student experience, often working with allied health and clinical programs such as Nursing.   Dr. Zajac blends an entrepreneurial vision with respect for traditional higher education to solve complex problems and make decisions with confidence and thoroughness.  Dr. Zajac’s strong communication skills build highly focused teams that continually succeed in growing operations and meeting goals.