Charlton, who is an otolaryngologist or ear, nose and throat specialist, said the appointment gives him the opportunity to help the institution that has served him so well.
“It’s an incredible honor,” Charlton said. “I want to do this because it allows me to fulfill some of the responsibility I feel in return for the quality education I received in medical school at South Alabama.
I want to give back to the University because of what it has meant to me.”
Charlton, who was born in Lansthul, Germany, and grew up in Tuscaloosa, Ala., graduated with honors from the University of Alabama with a bachelor of science degree in biology.
While in medical school at USA, Charlton served as class president and earned top honors, including the Charles Urschel Award in Physiology and the Hollis Wiseman Award in Pediatrics. He was also a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, the President’s Commission on Medical Affairs, and the Admissions Committee.
Following medical school, Charlton completed his residency training at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Hartford. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology Allergy, and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
In addition to his membership in these three professional societies, he is also a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, and the Coffee County Medical Society.
USA’s Board of Trustees has 17 members, including the governor and the state superintendent of education serving as ex-officio members. A regular term on the USA board is 12 years.
Charlton’s appointment will now go before the state Senate for confirmation.