Charles M. Washington '87 joins WSU Applebaum Board of Visitors

WSU Applebaum Board of Visitors members around the Eugene Applebaum statue.
Several members after the Board of Visitors meeting on Nov. 17, 2022 (left to right): Tim Schramm '89, Kevin Desmond '09, Charles M. Washington '87, Dean Brian Cummings, Professor Emeritus Peter Frade and Associate Professor Wassim Tarraf. View the full Board of Visitors roster.

At a November 2022 meeting, the Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Board of Visitors welcomed Radiation Therapy Technology alumnus and Detroit native Charles M. Washington as its newest member.

"The campus has grown and evolved immensely since my Wayne State days," Washington said, who traveled from his home in New Jersey to attend the board meeting. "I was overwhelmed by the feeling of warmth and welcome from the college leadership, the board members, faculty and staff."

Charles Washington
Read more about Charles M. Washington in our February 2022 feature story.

Washington is the senior director of radiation oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. There, he has compiled a successful track record in business plan development, program implementation, budget development and management, process improvement, accreditation attainment and management, organizational development, personnel leadership development, and internal/external networking and connectivity.

He started his professional health care career after graduating from WSU Applebaum's Radiation Therapy Technology program in 1987. He went on to earn an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University and a doctorate in organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California.

RTT students and faculty with Charles Washington and the texbook he wrote, which is used in programs around the world.
Charles Washington (center) holds the textbook he wrote, which is used in RTT programs around the world. He is surrounded by Wayne State RTT students, Assistant Clinical Professor Alisa Kagen and Program Director Jeannetta Greer, who he took time to meet with after the Board of Visitors meeting.

Washington is widely published on radiation oncology practice, inclusive of work on the patient experience and service recovery. He wrote Washington and Leaver's Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy textbook published by Mosby, now in its fifth edition. He has taught and lectured on various aspects of professional practice on the local, regional, national and international levels.

With a wealth of leadership experience, Washington provides service and organizational direction as a board member of the Urban League of Essex County (NJ). He also served as an American Society of Radiologic Technologists-appointed board trustee of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for eight years, and was an ARRT-appointed board trustee of the American Board of Imaging Informatics for four years.

Washington's commitment to community service and leadership has been further realized as an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. since 1982, having served in leadership positions at all organizational levels.

"I am excited to be able to offer my experience, time and energy to the college that has provided me so much personally and professionally," Washington said. "I am truly blessed."

An anchor in urban health care

The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is built on more than 100 years of tradition and innovation in the heart of Detroit. We have grown deep roots in our city, harnessing its powerhouse hospital systems and community service organizations as vibrant, real-world training grounds for students, with an ongoing focus on social justice in health care. And our research at all levels - from undergraduates to veteran faculty members - translates into creative solutions for healthier communities.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering approximately 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 25,000 students.

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