Charlene Drew Jarvis

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Charlene Drew Jarvis
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Born (1941-07-31) July 31, 1941 (age 74)
Washington, D.C.
Title Former President,
Southeastern University
Spouse(s) Ernest Jarvis (divorced)
Children Ernest Drew Jarvis
Peter Jarvis
Parent(s) Charles Drew
Minnie Lenore (Robbins) Drew

Charlene Drew Jarvis (born July 31, 1941 in Washington, D.C.,[1] as Charlene Rosella Drew) is an American educator and former scientific researcher and politician who served as the president of Southeastern University until March 31, 2009.[2] Jarvis is the daughter of the blood plasma and blood transfusion pioneer Charles Drew.[3]


Jarvis earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College in 1962, a Master of Science degree in psychology from Howard University in 1964, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in neuropsychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1971.[1][4]

Ward 4's representative to the Council of the District of Columbia, Arrington Dixon, won the election for chairman of the council in November 1978, leaving the Ward 4 seat vacant. Jarvis won the special election to fill the seat on May 1, 1979. She was then reelected to the council in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996. Jarvis sought reelection again in 2000, but she was defeated in the Democratic primary by Adrian Fenty who also holds degrees from Oberlin and Howard University.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b Charlene Drew Jarvis biography. (2003-06-13). The History Makers. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
  2. ^ Rowley, Dorothy. (2009-04-01). Troubled Southeastern U Appeals to Keep Accreditation Afro News. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  3. ^ Hallman, L. (2004-06-04). Legacy and Memory of Charles Drew Lives On. The American National Red Cross. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
  4. ^ Charlene Drew Jarvis. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
  5. ^ Board of Trustees: The Honorable Charlene Drew Jarvis, PhD, Secretary. (January 2007). The National Health Museum. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
  6. ^ "Ward 4 Member of the Council of the District of Columbia". District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
  7. ^ "Final and Complete Election Results". District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 2000-09-22. 
Council of the District of Columbia
Preceded by
Arrington Dixon
Ward 4 Member, Council of the District of Columbia
Succeeded by
Adrian Fenty