History of CDU
Charles R. Drew University Historical Timelines
Civil disturbance erupts in the Watts community of Los Angeles, California, an event later known as the “Watts Rebellion” or “Watts Revolt.” Before the 1960s were over, a total of 265 American cities would experience similar racial upheaval. In the wake of the violence in Los Angeles, the McCone Commission cited poor health status and diminished access to healthcare as major factors contributing to the upheaval.
The Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School is incorporated in the State of California as a private, non-profit, educational institution.
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. It would be renamed Martin Luther King Jr. General Hospital.
Mitchell Spellman, MD, PhD, begins his tenure as the founding Executive Dean of the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School.
First department chairman is appointed. M. Alfred Haynes, MD, MPH, becomes Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School's Chief of Community & Preventive Medicine.
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, participates in the ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School hosts its first Open House.
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.
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.
Passage of California State Senate Bill 1026, the "Dymally Bill," releases $1.2 million for Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School programs through an affiliation with the University of California. The bill is signed into law by then-Governor Ronald Reagan.
Dedication of the Dr. Julius 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.
The Johnnie Tillmon Child Care Center opens as a family day care center.
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.
Dr. Mitchell Spellman ends his tenure as founding Dean; leaves to become Dean, Medical Services, at Harvard University Medical School.
David Satcher, MD, PhD, MPH, Chairman of Drew’s Department of Family Medicine, is appointed Acting Dean by the Drew Board of Directors.
Over 100 community leaders and residents attend the initial Drew Community Leadership Luncheon. From this gathering is formed the Community Advisory Council to the Dean.
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).
The UC Board of Regents votes to approve a Memorandum of Understanding that establishes the Drew/UCLA Undergraduate Medical Education Program for the MD degree.
M. Alfred Haynes, MD, MPH, 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, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Anatomy at Howard University, is the keynote speaker.
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.
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.
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, is dedicated.
The charter class for the Drew/UCLA Undergraduate Medical Education Program. Twenty-one students, chosen from 550 applicants, enroll for preclinical studies at UCLA School of Medicine.
Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for the first permanent building on the school's projected 49 acres: the Medical Education Center.
Harry E. Douglas III, DPA, is named permanent Dean for Allied Health Sciences.
The Clinical Sciences Research Facility is established in the Augustus F. Hawkins Building.
The first permanent building on the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School campus, the
W. Montague Cobb Medical Education Building, is dedicated.
King/Drew Medical Magnet High School graduates its first class of 37 students.
Fifteen members of the charter class of the Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program receive MD degrees in the first graduation ceremony.
Under the leadership of Walter F. Leavell, MD, President, the school's name is changed to Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science to reflect its expanded academic role and identity, and the accreditation process is initiated.
W. Benton Boone, MD, MS, is elected Chairman of the Board of Directors. He assumes office in January 1988.
Allied Health Sciences faculty, staff and students moved into the newly completed W. M. Keck Building.
Harry E. Douglas III, DPA, is appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs.
"Agenda 2000 - Building A Healthy African American Community For Future Generations Through Self-Empowerment," the first annual conference sponsored by the Community Advisory Council To The President, is held at the Airport Doubletree Hotel.
The University receives an accreditation site visit from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Harry E. Douglas III, DPA, is appointed Executive Vice President.
M. Roy Wilson, MD, MS, is appointed Dean, College of Medicine.
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior College and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Charles K. Francis, MD, is appointed President.
Carole Jordan-Harris, MD, MS, is the first woman elected chair of the Board of Trustees.
Harry E. Douglas, III, DPA, is appointed Interim President.
Thomas T. Yoshikawa, MD, is appointed Provost, Chief Operating Officer and Acting President.
Susan Kelly, PhD, FAPS, is appointed President.
Keith C. Norris, MD, FACP, is appointed Interim President.
Initial approval for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is granted by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).
Gloria J. McNeal, PhD, MSN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, is appointed Founding Dean of the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing.
The first cohort of students matriculates into the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing.
The $43-million Life Sciences Research and Nursing Education (LSRNE) Building is officially opened to house the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing.
M. Roy Wilson, MD, MS, is named Acting President, CEO and Chairman, Board of Trustees. In addition, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, PhD, is named chairman of the Board of Councilors, an entity that advises the Trustees.
Richard S. Baker, MD, is named Provost.
David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD, is named President and CEO. In addition, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges fully accredits the University through 2018.
James Lott is named Chairman, Board of Trustees.
The Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing is granted accreditation for the Master’s program from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), extending to December 31, 2017.
Marvin O’Quinn, MPH, is named Chairman, Board of Trustees.
First official graduation ceremony of the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing with 91 candidates (69 Family Nurse Practitioner and 22 Entry Level Masters students).
Official bust unveiling is held for Mervyn M. Dymally, PhD.
Sheldon D. Fields, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, AACRN, FNAP, FAANP, is appointed Dean of the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing.
2015 – 2016
Executive and academic appointments round out CDU leadership:
- Steve O. Michael, PhD, is appointed Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost
- Margaret Avila, PhD, PHN, APRN, is named Dean of the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing
- Hector Balcazar, PhD, MS, is appointed Dean of the College of Science and Health
- Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD, is named Dean and Professor of Medicine for the College of Medicine
- Ms. Sylvia Drew Ivie, JD, and daughter of Dr. Charles R. Drew, is appointed Special Assistant to the President
- Jinny Oh, EdD, is appointed Dean of Student Affairs
A Brookings Institute college evaluation system ranks CDU third nationally for providing the greatest value-added boost to alumni in occupational earnings power.
CDU celebrates its 50th anniversary with a series of on- and off-campus events.
After an eight-year hiatus, Jazz at Drew, a longtime favorite LA music festival and fundraiser, returns as part of CDU’s 50th anniversary.
Graduate medical education returns to CDU, as the LA County Board of Supervisors approves funding for residencies in Psychiatry and Family Medicine.
The Chronicle of Higher Education study judges CDU to be the second most diverse four-year private nonprofit college in the nation.