CDU Receives $7.5 Million Appropriation From California Legislature

A road trip to Sacramento and testimony before the Senate Budget Committee on May 9, 2019, by CDU leadership and seven students and alums produced a $7.5 million one-time appropriation for the University. Of the allocation, $5 million is earmarked for enrollment growth and student support services and $2.5 million for academic facilities upgrades.

“Our team made the case that CDU is a good investment for the state, especially with California facing a shortage of physicians and other health care professionals,” said University President/CEO Dr. David M. Carlisle. “The legislature agreed, and we are very grateful for their allocation.

“We’d like to thank specifically Senator Holly Mitchell (D-30), Senator Steven Bradford (D-35) and Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-64) for their efforts. They’ve all been long-time supporters of the University, and we appreciate their help. Thanks, also, to Senator Richard Roth (D-31), Chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Education, before whom our team spoke. He was highly complementary of CDU.

“Finally, Senior Vice President of Advancement, Strategic Development & External Affairs Angela L. Minniefield played a significant leadership role for this trip, as her department oversees government relations for the University.”

The appropriation was technically part of Assembly Bill 74, The Budget Act of 2019, which is a revised—but final—version of California’s fiscal year 2019 budget.

It’s important to note that the funds are not specified for debt reduction, and the University must continue to watch its budget closely.
Thanks to the following students who also spoke in Sacramento:

Sana Abbasi – CDU alumna and former CDUSG president
Jazmyn Childress - EdD, MPH, student representative, Board of Trustees
Rasheed Ivey - COM alumnus
Maria Kemp – MPH alumna
Abdu Mahmoud – CDU alumnus and former CDUSG vice president
Adrienne Martinez - CDU alumna
Perla Saldivar - CDU alumna

What a welcome to the CA State Senate!

CDU President David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD, introduces the CDU students to State Senator Steve Bradford who supported the day's mission.

After we chat with CA State Senator Holly Mitchell, we all pose for a photo

President Carlisle meeting with Assembly Member Mike Gipson!