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Charlene Drew Jarvis

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Bright Colors
Favorite Food:
Sausage
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Annapolis, Maryland
Favorite Quote:
Let's Just Get It Done.

Birthplace

Born:
7/31/1941
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Bright Colors
Favorite Food:
Sausage
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Annapolis, Maryland
Favorite Quote:
Let's Just Get It Done.

Birthplace

Born:
7/31/1941
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Charlene Drew Jarvis was born in Washington, D.C., on July 31, 1941. The second of four children, her mother was an economist and her father, Dr. Charles Drew, was the noted blood bank pioneer. After graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1958, Jarvis earned her B.A. from Oberlin College in 1962. She went on to Howard University to earn her M.S. in 1964, and in 1971 she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Jarvis began her career in 1965 as a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health, and after earning her Ph.D. she remained there as a research scientist until 1978. The following year, Jarvis was elected to the City Council of the District of Columbia, where she served for twenty-one years. While there, she chaired the Committee on Economic Development during a citywide financial crisis. She introduced legislation that brought in the new Convention Center and the MCI Center, current home of the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals. In 1996, Jarvis was named president of Southeastern University in Washington, D.C., the first woman to hold the position. She gave up her seat on the City Council in 2000 to devote her energies solely to the university. Under her leadership, Southeastern has strengthened its curriculum and partnered with a number of local organizations, such as the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, to support professional development of the students.

Active in both education and the community, Jarvis has received numerous honors. She is the recipient of the 2002 Brotherhood-Sisterhood Award from the National Conference of Community and Justice, the Ibero Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award, and numerous honorary degrees. Jarvis serves on the Executive Committee of the Federal City Council and is a past chairperson of the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce. She is also active with the American Association of University Women and serves on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Jarvis has also been listed in numerous editions of Who's Who, including Who's Who in the World and Who's Who Among African Americans. She has two sons and two grandsons.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Charlene Drew Jarvis' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Charlene Drew Jarvis lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charlene Drew Jarvis talks about her grandmother, Nora Burrell
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes her father, Dr. Charles Drew
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charlene Drew Jarvis talks about her father, Charles Drew's medical career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charlene Drew Jarvis talks about the controversy over the Blood for Britain project
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes Dr. Charles Drew's dedication to his medical students
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Charlene Drew Jarvis talks about her father's death in 1950
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charlene Drew Jarvis shares memories of her father, Dr. Charles Drew
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes her mother, Lenore Robbins Drew
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charlene Drew Jarvis talks about how her father's death impacted her mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charlene Drew Jarvis talks about her mother's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes the sights, sounds, and smells of Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charlene Drew Jarvis remembers the impact of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charlene Drew Jarvis remembers the day that her father, Dr. Charles Drew, died
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes her childhood memories, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes her childhood memories, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes attending Mott Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charlene Drew Jarvis remembers her favorite teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes attending Benjamin Banneker Middle School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes attending Theodore Roosevelt High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charlene Drew Jarvis talks about attending Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes getting married in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charlene Drew Jarvis recalls earning her Ph.D at the University of Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes her career in neuropsychology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charlene Drew Jarvis remembers learning about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charlene Drew Jarvis recalls why she became politically active
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes running for a position on the Washington, D.C. City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charlene Drew Jarvis talks about Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes contentious issues in the Washington, D.C. City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charlene Drew Jarvis recalls her accomplishments while serving on Washington, D.C.'s City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Charlene Drew Jarvis talks about becoming the president of Southeastern University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes managing her busy career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charlene Drew Jarvis reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charlene Drew Jarvis describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charlene Drew Jarvis narrates her photographs