Office of Strategic Advancement


March 1, 2015  

CDU Welcomes Dr. Steve O. Michael as Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost


Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science has announced the appointment of Steve O. Michael, Ph.D., as the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.  He started April 24, 2015.

Dr. Steve O. Michael was the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Arcadia University for 5 years, where he was instrumental in establishing the College of Health Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Global Business, and the School of Education among other accomplishments.  Prior to his time at Arcadia University, he was a full professor of higher education management at Kent State University, where he also held several administrative positions including interim Associate Dean and Vice Provost for Diversity and Academic Initiatives.  Dr. Michael was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2000-2001 at Carnegie Mellon University. He also served part of his fellowship at the City University of London and the University of Bath in England.

Dr. Michael is a professor of higher education administration with an interest in higher education finance and strategic management issues. His research interest includes the application of business strategies to institutional management, quality assurance, entrepreneurial higher education and global higher education. He has published widely in most of the leading international and national refereed journals in the field of higher education on topics such as diversity in higher education, cost reduction analysis and financial constraints in higher education, presidency and trusteeship, academic program reviews and discontinuation, and marketing of higher education. He is an active presenter at international conferences and a consultant on higher education issues.

Dr. Michael was a British/Canadian Commonwealth Scholar and the recipient of the first Sheffield Award for the best article published in the Canadian Journal of Higher Education.  His awards include the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education, the Outstanding Faculty Award from Phi Beta Delta, Dean’s Award for professional achievements, and a letter of recognition from the Governor of Alaska. He has directed over 20 doctoral dissertations and theses on topics that include TQM in higher education, financing higher education, internationalization of higher education, and evaluation of college president’s effectiveness.  Dr. Michael has served on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Educational Management – the leading international refereed journal on education management; the American Psychology Association’s Journal of Diversity; and was once the associate editor of the Journal of Research in Education.

Dr. Michael earned his doctorate in Educational Administration (Higher Education) from the University of Alberta, Canada.  He is also a graduate of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education and a trained accreditation consultant-evaluator by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  He is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Danubius University, Romania where he also serves as vice president of the University’s Board of Trustees; and he holds an appointment as an honorary professor at Wuzi University, China, and honorary University Councilor at PeiHua University, China.  His wide-ranging international background extends from the Sub-Saharan Africa to the Sub-Arctic Alaska.

Dr. Michael was one of the principal founders of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), one of the founders of the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO), and one of the founders of the Association for the Global Advancement of Universities and Colleges (AGAUC) for which he currently serves as the President.  Steve is a volunteer soccer coach, an ardent ping pong player, and a budding golf player.
“CDU’s mission represents what we all owe to humanity—which is the privilege of serving the underserved populations through the power of education that transforms lives—one student at a time,” said Dr. Michael.

Dr. Carlisle noted “We are delighted to have Dr. Steve Michael join the CDU family.  He brings deep expertise in academic and global higher education issues that converge with our current focus and strategic plan.  As our new Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Michael will provide leadership for the entire academic unit and the University.  We look forward to an auspicious start.”

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About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,700 post-graduate physicians, more than 1,200 physician assistants, 560 nurses and hundreds of other health professionals. CDU’s mission is to develop a diverse group of health professional leaders who seek social justice, promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion and are uniquely qualified to transform the health of underserved populations through outstanding education, research and clinical services in the context of community engagement. For more information, visit


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