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David Washington, PhD

David's Story

2012 Alumni Achievement Award Recipient

At the age of 14 when his mother lost her minimum-wage job, David Washington of Mobile, Ala., willingly became the sole provider for his family. Making the decision to go to work so that his family could keep their home and continue to afford health care for his brother’s chronic medical condition did not cause him to feel sorry for himself; rather, it gave him a feeling of empowerment over the situation at hand. By the time he was a senior in high school, he was working four jobs. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and worked on his education at night. While enlisted, he earned a Bachelor of Science in general business from Excelsior College in 2001. Upon completion of his military service, he continued to work by day and study by night, earning an MBA from Webster University in 2002. A lifelong learner, he earned a Master of Science in Administration in public administration from Central Michigan University in 2003 and a doctoral degree in educational research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University in 2006. H