History of CDU

History of CDU

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1963 - 1970

1971 - 1980

1981 - 1990

1991 - 2000

2001 - 2006

AUGUST 1965
Civil disturbance erupts in the Watts community of Los Angeles, California, later known as the Watts Rebellion. Before the 1960s were over, a total of 265 American cities would experience racial upheaval. After which the McCone Commission cited poor health status and diminished access to healthcare among the major factors that had fomented that upheaval.

AUGUST 1966
The Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School is incorporated in the State of California as a private, non-profit, educational institution.

APRIL 1968
Groundbreaking ceremonies are held at the old Palm Lane housing site (120th and Wilmington Avenue, L.A.) for the Los Angeles County Southeast General Hospital - renamed Martin Luther King Jr. General Hospital (King).

OCTOBER 1968
Mitchell Spellman, M.D., PhD. begins tenure as the founding Executive Dean of the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School.

NOVEMBER 1969
First department chairman is appointed - M. Alfred Haynes, M.D., M.P.H. becomes Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School's Chief of Community & Preventive Medicine.

JANUARY 1970
Formal opening of the offices of the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School and the Watts-Willowbrook Regional Medical Program (RMP) at 120th St. and Compton Avenue. Mrs. Lenore Drew, widow of the late physician, participated in ribbon cutting ceremonies.
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JULY 1971
First contract between Los Angeles County and the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School for provision of health care and education services at King Hospital.

JUNE 1972
Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School hosts its first Open House.

FEBRARY 1972
Dedication ceremonies are held for King Hospital. Official opening of King Hospital. Mr. Robert Jamerson of South Los Angeles is the first patient to be admitted for treatment.

MARCH 1972
Official opening of King Hospital. Mr. Robert Jamerson of South Los Angeles is the first patient to be admitted for treatment.

JUNE 1973
The MEDEX - Physician Assistant Program of the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School the first such training program in California - graduates its first class of 21 students. The Honorable Willie Brown, Assemblyman from San Francisco and co-author of the Song-Brown Act, is keynote speaker.

OCTOBER 1973
Passage of California State Senate Bill 1026 - the "Dymally Bill" released $1.2 million for Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School programs through an affiliation with the University of California. Bill was signed into law by then Governor Ronald Reagan.

JUNE 1974
Dedication of the Dr. Julyius W. Hill Intern and Resident Physician Building, named after the founder of the Golden State Medical Association and former member of the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School Board of Directors.

JUNE 1974
Johnnie Tillmon Child Care Center opens as a family day care center.

MAY 1977
Publication of the Heller Committee Report by the UC Board of Regents which described a proposed preclinical/clinical undergraduate medical education program between UCLA Medical School and Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School.

DECEMBER 1977
Dr. Mitchell Spellman ends tenure as founding Dean; leaves to become Dean, Medical Services at Harvard University Medical School.

DECEMBER 1977
David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Chairman of Drew's Department of Family Medicine is appointed Acting Dean by the Drew Board of Directors.

DECEMBER 1977
110 community leaders and residents attend Drew Community Leadership Luncheon. From this gathering was formed the Community Advisory Council to the Dean.

DECEMBER 1977
At a special referendum, Drew Faculty votes in favor of Proposal "C" to establish Undergraduate Medical Education Program in conjunction with the University of California (UC).

MAY 1978
UC Board of Regents votes to approve Memorandum of Understanding that establishes the Drew/UCLA Undergraduate Medical Education Program for the M.D. degree.

AUGUST 1979
M. Alfred Haynes, M.D., M.P.H., is formally inaugurated as the Dean of Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School in traditional cap and gown faculty exercises. NAACP National President W. Montague Cobb, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Anatomy at Howard University, is keynote speaker.

SEPTEMBER 1980
Dedication ceremonies are held for the Dr. Leroy R. Weekes, Jr. Medical Support Building. The building was named in honor of Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School's second Chairman of the Board.

MAY 1980
The Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School Foundation is incorporated. Dr. Henry Williams, Drew's first Chairman of the Board of Directors, is named President of the Foundation's Board of Trustees.
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MAY 1981
Dedication of the $20 million Augustus F. Hawkins Mental Health Building named after political leader of Watts who became California's first African American elected to the United States Congress.

SEPTEMBER 1981
The Charter Class for the Drew/UCLA Undergraduate Medical Education Program - 21 students, chosen from 550 applicants, enrolls for preclinical studies at UCLA School of Medicine.

OCTOBER 1982
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the first permanent building on the school's projected 49 acre campus - the Medical Education Center.

SEPTEMBER 1983
Harry E. Douglas III, D.P.A, is named permanent Dean for Allied Health Sciences.

FEBRARY 1984
Establishment of the Clinical Sciences Research Facility in the Augustus F. Hawkins Building.

NOVEMBER 1984
Dedication of the first permanent building - the W. Montague Cobb Medical Education Building - constructed on the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School campus.

JUNE 1985
King/Drew Medical Magnet High School graduates its first class of 37 students.

JUNE 1985
15 members of the Charter Class of the Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program receive M.D. degrees in first graduation ceremony.

OCTOBER 1987
W. Benton Boone, M.D., M.S., was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors. He assumed office in Januaryuary of 1988.

APRIL 1987
Under the leadership of Walter F. Leavell, M.D., President, the school's name was changed to Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science to reflect its expanded academic role and identity, and the accreditation process was initiated.

SEPTEMBER 1988
Allied Health Sciences faculty, staff and students moved into the newly completed W. M. Keck Building/
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SEPTEMBER 1991
Reed V. Tuckson, M.D. was appointed as President.

JUNE 1994
Harry E. Douglas III, D.P.A., is appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs.

JANUARY 1995
"Agenda 2000 - Building A Healthy African American Community For Future Generations Through Self-Empowerment," the 1st annual conference sponsored by the Community Advisory Council To The President, was held at the Airport Doubletree Hotel.

JANUARY 1995
Accreditation site visit from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

JUNE 1995
Harry E. Douglas III, D.P.A., is appointed Executive Vice President.

JUNE 1995
M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S. is appointed Dean, College of Medicine.

JUNE 1995
Drew University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior College and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

JULY 1998
Charles K Francis, M.D. was appointed as President.
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MAY 2002
Marcelle Willock, M.D. MBA. appointed Dean, College of Medicine. She was the first female Dean for the college.

OCTOBER 2003
Carole Jordan-Harris, M.D., MS, was the first woman elected chair of the Board of Trustees.

JANUARY 2004
Harry E. Douglas, III.,DPA appointed Interim President.

JULY 2005
Thomas T. Yoshikawa, M.D., appointed Provost- Chief Operating Officer and Acting President.

MAY 2006
Susan Kelly, Ph.D., FAPS, appointed President.

JULY 2007
Richard S. Baker named Dean, College of Medicine.

JULY 2007
Gail Orum named Dean, College of Science and Health.

JUNE 2009
Keith C. Norris, MD, FACP, appointed Interim President.

SEPTEMBER 2010
M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S. named Acting President, CEO and Chairman, Board of Trustees. In addition, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Ph.D., named chairman of the Board of Councilors, an entity that advises the Trustees.

NOVEMBER 2010
Richard S. Baker, M.D. named Provost. 

JULY 2011
David M. Carlisle, M.D., Ph.D named President and CEO. In addition, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges fully accredited the University through 2018.

DECEMBER 2011
James Lott named Chairman, Board of Trustees.

DECEMBER 2012
Marvin O’Quinn, MPH, named Chairman, Board of Trustees.


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