David Carlisle selected to lead Drew University in California
Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2011
The struggling Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science has a new president-designate — David M. Carlisle, who now heads a California governmental agency.
The appointment of Carlisle, director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, comes at a key time for the campus in Willowbrook, just south of Watts.
Drew remains on a two-year academic probation, and only eight months ago it was in danger of being seized by its lenders because it couldn't make payments on its new $43-million nursing school.
Carlisle's mission will be to further stabilize the university, both financially and academically.
Carlisle, who is set to leave his state job June 1 and begin his new job July 1, said his most pressing immediate goal is to ensure the university regains full accreditation from the Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges, which put the campus on a two-year probation in 2009. He also said for the long term, it is important that the university continue improving its fiscal health.