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'A major step forward': Charles Drew president to be inaugurated more than 1 year after taking over

Dr. David Carlisle, President, Charles Drew University

Charles Drew University

Dr. David Carlisle has been so busy keeping the South L.A.'s Charles Drew University financially and academically stable since his tenure began in July 2011 that he hasn't had time for an inauguration ceremony.

Imagine if the president of the United States got elected, but then immediately became so busy that he couldn't find time to be inaugurated until about a year-and-a-half later.

That's essentially what happened to Dr. David Carlisle, who took the reins as president of Charles Drew University in July 2011. At the time, he had enough to worry about without an impending inauguration on his plate. The South L.A. medical school was coming off years of shaky accreditation, even shakier financial stability and a beleaguered relationship with Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, which had become notorious for incompetence.

Carlisle's being appointed president was a key part of a successful last-ditch attempt to save the university. Since then, the school has taken a rather remarkable turn – for the better.