MUSC Board of Trustees
Board Member Biographies
The Board of Trustees is the final authority and governing body of MUSC, its colleges, the outreach programs and ancillary functions. They establish general policies of the University, define educational programs and approve annual budgets. The Board names principal officers of the University, including the President. Meeting 6 times a year, the comprised group includes physicians, dentists, an engineer, former congressmen, a former business executive, a CPA and an attorney.
|Stanley Cyril Baker, Jr., M.D. |
A resident of Greenwood, Dr. Baker has served on the MUSC Board of Trustees since 1977 representing the medical profession from Third Congressional District. He has served as Vice Chair and Chair of the MUSC Board. A retired General and Thoracic surgeon, he graduated from the Citadel with a BS degree, received a MD from MUSC and completed a surgical residency at The George Washing University Medical Centers as Chief Resident. Dr. Baker has been involved in a wide range of professional and civic activities, including President of the medical staff and Chief of surgery at the Self Regional Health Center, Diplomat American Board of Surgery, Past President Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Greenwood’s first County Council, and President and Director of the Rotary Club. He has been awarded “The Order of the Silver Crescent” by the State of South Carolina in 2000, and named a Distinguished Alumnus of MUSC in 1990. He is a Clinical Professor MUSC AHEC at the Greenwood Residency program. He serve in the US Navy during WW II and is listed in “Who’s Who in North America.” Dr. Baker has four children and eight grandchildren.
|The Honorable James A. Battle, Jr.|
From Nichols, SC, Mr. James A. Battle, Jr. was elected in 2013 to the MUSC Board of Trustees as the lay representative from the 7th Congressional District. He graduated from the Citadel with a B.S. in Business in 1964 and received an M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1967. In 2009, he received a Doctorate of Humanities from Francis Marion University. He is co-owner of several businesses in Nichols and Mullins, SC. He previously served in the US Army in Vietnam as a First Lieutenant; was a banker at Wachovia Bank & Trust; was a financial consultant for Merrill Lynch; was an instructor at UNC-Pembroke and at Francis Marion University; was Trustee and CEO of the Safe Marketing, LLC a spinoff from J.R. Battle & Company. He served as the President of the South Carolina Aquaculture Association from 1994-1997; was Chairman of the Marion County Hospital District from 1995-1996; was the Chairman of the Center for Marine & Wetland Studies at Coastal Carolina University and was appointed to the Francis Marion University Business School Advisory Board in the 1980’s.
He served eight terms in the SC House of Representatives from 1997-2012. In 2002 and 2008 he was awarded the NFIB/S.C. Guardian of Small Business. He was also awarded Legislator of the Year by the Career & Technology Education Administration Division of the SC Association of School Administration. In 2011, he was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Northeastern Strategic Alliance, NESA, which is an economic development alliance for the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina. He also serves on the Science, Technology, Engineering & Math advisory board and the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board.
Mr. Battle and his wife, Katherine, reside in Nichols and their daughter, Elizabeth Battle, is a family law attorney in Marion.
|William H. Bingham, Sr., P.E.|
Mr. Bingham is a licensed professional engineer and is president and owner of Hercules Contractors and Engineers, Inc., of Cayce, South Carolina. A lay representative from Congressional District 2, he began his term in 2002. Mr. Bingham is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954. He served on the State Private Industry Council of South Carolina and received the Contractor of the Year Award in 2000. Mr. Bingham is also an officer of the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club and is a member of the West-Metro Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Mary Lynn have three children.
|William B. Hewitt, M.S.E.E.|
Mr. Hewitt, of Charleston, began his term on the Board of Trustees on June 30, 2003, as the Governor’s at-large appointee. He is Chair of the Board of Polymer Group, Inc. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Union Corporation prior to its sale to Outsourcing Solutions, Inc. Prior to joining Union Corporation, Mr. Hewitt was a founding partner and Executive Vice President of First Manhattan Consulting Group. He received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut and baccalaureate engineering degrees from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He has served on two NYSE listed company boards, two private equity company board (one listed) and two venture capital boards. Mr. Hewitt is active in the non-profit area, serving as Chair of the Charleston Promise Neighborhood, a not-for-profit whose goal is to revitalize a depressed portion of Charleston County and having served as Chair of the Board of the Spoleto Festival USA, Chair of Water Missions International, Chair of The Citadel School of Business Administration Advisory Board, and was President of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association. He is active in the St. Michaels Anglican Church, having served as Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer and Vestryman.
|Harold W. Jablon, DMD|
Dr. Harold Jablon was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to the MUSC Board of Trustees in April 2011. Dr. Jablon has been practicing dentistry in Columbia since graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1971. He served our nation by working for the United States Navy Dental Corps from 1971 to 1973 finishing with a rank of Lieutenant. Dr. Jablon then opened up his own General Practice for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry where he practiced for 33 years. He continues to work with pediatric patients in Kids First Dental in Columbia. Dr. Jablon is a member of many dental organizations, including Past President of the Greater Columbia Dental Association, Member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy-International Honorary Dental Association, Fellow of the American College of Dentistry, Member of the American Dental Association, Member of the South Carolina Dental Association, Past President of the Medical University of South Carolina Alumni Association, 1999 Recipient of the Presidential Merit Award-Medical University of South Carolina, 2005 named to listing of Best Dentists in America, 2008 Recipient of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Certificate of Recognition for support and contributions to the profession of dentistry, and much more. Dr. Jablon and his wife, Irene, continue to be very supportive of MUSC and the College of Dental Medicine.
|Donald R. Johnson II, M.D.|
Dr. Johnson, the medical professions representative from Congressional District 1, was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 1994. He served as the Chairman of the MUSC Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2006. A native of Summerville, South Carolina, Dr. Johnson attended the College of Charleston and MUSC. After an orthopedic surgery residency at MUSC he completed three adult spine surgery fellowships in Texas, California, and the University of Hong Kong respectfully. He is the medical director of the Southeastern Spine Institute which he founded in 1990, and serves on the clinical faculty as an associate clinical professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Johnson is the past president of the South Carolina Orthopedic Association, The South Carolina Spine Society, and the State Representative to the Southern Medical Association. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong, University of Spain in Madrid, Paris and at the Royal London Hospital in London, England. He is married to an MUSC graduate and a practicing nurse anesthetist, Kim Johnson; and they have three children.
On June 5, 2013, Barbara Johnson-Wilkinson was elected, by the South Carolina General Assembly, as the lay representative from the Sixth Congressional District.
Barbara Johnson-Williams received her B.S. in elementary education, M.Ed in special education and in 1990 received her Ed.S in Educational Administration from South Carolina State University. She also did further study at the University of South Carolina, The Citadel, Cornell University, and Francis Marion College.
She worked for S.C. State as an adjunct professor and for Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five as teacher, department chair and program specialist before her retirement in 2011, for a total of 31 years. From 1995 through 2011, Barbara Johnson-Williams served as Special Education Program Specialist and Department Chairperson for Special Education at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School. While there, she was also advisor for the Key Club for over twenty years. She worked on many other Task Forces in the district.
For 15 years she served was a member of the Council for Exceptional Children Local Chapter and in 1979, elected president of the South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children.
Some of her professional, personal and civic affiliations include president of the Northwood Estates Neighborhood Association, member of the Advisory Board for Low County Healthy Start, the Nurturing Committee for Edisto Habitat for Humanity, Orangeburg Community Task Force, life member and president of the Orangeburg Branch of the NAACP, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., The Orangeburg Links Inc., Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, life member of the SCSU Alumni, member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Edisto Fork Community Development Center Inc., the National Education Association, the American Business Women’s Association and the South Carolina Association for Black Educators.
Johnson-Williams is a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, where she serves as president of the Usher Ministry, correspondent secretary of the Senior Missionary Ministry and member of the Stewardship Ministry and Women’s Guild.
In her leisure time, she takes golf lessons and enjoys working with children, the elderly, reading, tennis, photography, volunteering and traveling.
She is married to Cecil J. Williams of Orangeburg, owner of Cecil Williams Photography/Publishing. They live in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
|Dr. Ragin Monteith|
Dr. Ragin Monteith was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2013 as the medical representative from the Sixth Congressional District.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Dr. Monteith attended Spelman College graduating summa cum laude with a BS degree in Chemistry in 1997. She received her Medical Doctorate from University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2001. After completing her pediatrics residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC in 2004, she returned home to practice at Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers.
Dr. Monteith is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Congaree Dental, Medical and Pharmaceutical Association, the Columbia SC Chapter of the Links Incorporated, and Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated. She has one published article in the October 2002 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association entitled Racial Differences in the Evaluation of Pediatric Fractures for Physical Abuse.
She and her husband, Damon, reside in Columbia and have one daughter.
|Edward Conyers O’Bryan, Jr., M.D.|
This native of Florence has served on the Board of Trustees since 1976 as the medical professions representative from Congressional District 6. He served as Chair of the Board from 1994 to 1998 and was re-elected as Chair in 2000. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. degree, Dr. O’Bryan received an M.D. from MUSC. He served as a Medical Officer in the United States Marines before returning to MUSC for his residency. Dr. O’Bryan is now in private practice in cardiology in Florence, and he holds a full clinical professorship at MUSC. His civic activities include serving on the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club, the Big Brother Association, and the Family YMCA. In 1995, Dr. O’Bryan was awarded the Order of the Palmetto. He has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of MUSC, South Carolina Physician of the Year and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association. He and his wife Jennie have one child.
|Thomas C. Rowland, Jr., M.D. |
A former Vice-Chair and Chair of the MUSC Board of Trustees, Dr. Rowland has been a member of the Board since 1982, representing the medical profession from Congressional District 2. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, Dr. Rowland received an M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Rowland spent 9 years in the US Navy, 3 years of which was completion of residency training in OB-GYN. He entered private practice of OB-GYN in Columbia, SC in 1968. He has been awarded the Order of the Palmetto twice, and he was named Distinguished Alumnus of MUSC in 1994. A former President of the South Carolina Medical Association, he currently holds professorships at the USC School of Medicine and MUSC. He has also served as President of Southern Medical Association, Southern Gyn Society, and South Atlantic Association of Ob-Gyn. For 3 years, he served as Treasurer of the American College of Ob-Gyn. Dr. Rowland has also visited China, India, Nigeria, and Afghanistan as a Field Training Consultant with Johns Hopkins University. He and his wife Isabelle have two children and six grandchildren.
|Charles W. Schulze, C.P.A. |
A native of Greenwood, Mr. Schulze began his first term as a trustee in 2002 as the lay representative from the Third Congressional District. He graduated from Georgia Military Academy, received a BBA degree in accounting from the University of Georgia and a Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Schulze is a Veteran of the Vietnam War and spent fours year in the US Air Force between 1968 and 1972. Among his decorations are the Outstanding Unit Award with “V” Device for Combat Valor and Palm device, the Vietnam Service Medal with four campaign stars, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Mr. Schulze is a shareholder in the regional accounting and consulting firm of Elliott Davis, LLC. He is a Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Georgia and a member of the Tull School of Accounting Advisory Board. He is the former President of the SC Association of CPA’s and a former member of and chairman of the SC Board of Accountancy. Active throughout his career with many non-profit boards, Mr. Schulze received both the SC Association of CPA’s and the American Institute of CPA’s public service awards. He and his wife Sarah have two children.
|G. Murrell Smith, Sr., M.D.|
A resident of Sumter, SC, Dr. Smith was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2013 as the medical member from the 5th Congressional District. He been has been a Partner in Sumter OB/GYN since 1977. He graduated from Wofford College in 1967 and was a public school teacher from 1967-1968. He attended the MUSC College of Medicine where he was an honor graduate in 1972. He is past Department Chair of OB/GYN at Toumey Healthcare Systems; Past Chief of Staff at Toumey Healthcare Systems; Member of Sumter County Society; Past President of SC OB/GYN; Past Representative of American College of OB/GYN Legislature Task Force; Past Chairman of Wilson Hall School Athletic Association; Past Board Member of Sunset County Club in Sumter; Past Member of the Converse College Board of Visitors; Board Certified American College of OB/GYN.
A lifetime resident of Charleston, SC, Mr. Stavrinakis was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2013 as a lay representative from the First Congressional District. He is President, founder and CEO of Manny’s Grills, Cafe’s and Franchise Group, operating five units in three states. He is a graduate of Charleston Southern University in 1986 with a B.S. in Economics and a lifetime member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church. He served on the Charleston Aviation Authority and was Chairman of the Committee on Human Resources. He is a platinum member of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Navy League of the University States. His wife Karen is a graduate of MUSC (class of ’95) and they have two children Manoli and Markella.
|Thomas L. Stephenson, Esq.|
Mr. Stephenson has served on the Board since 1998 and was elected Chairman in 2010. The lay representative from Congressional District 4, this Greenville attorney received both B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Stephenson has practiced law since 1979 and has spent his entire life in the State. He represents clients in commercial and employment matters and has been consistently recognized by “The Best Lawyers in America” and as one of the “Top 25 Attorneys in South Carolina” as published in South Carolina Super Lawyers. Mr. Stephenson's contributions to public service have included President of the Legal Services Agency of Western Carolina; President of the Greenville Cancer Society; Greenville Civil Service Commission member; and 300 for Greenville. He and his wife Dianne live in Greenville and have two adult children.
|The Honorable Robin M. Tallon|
The Honorable Robin Tallon, a native of Florence, began his first term as a trustee in 2006 as the lay representative from the Sixth Congressional District. He attended the University of South Carolina and graduated from American University with a BA degree in International Studies. Congressman Tallon served in the SC House of Representatives before being elected in 1981 to serve the Sixth Congressional District of SC in the US Congress. He served in Congress for five terms. In 1992, Tallon founded the lobbying and investment firm of Robin Tallon & Associates, and now serves as its president. From 1994 to 1998, Tallon taught classes in “the legislative process” at Georgetown University School of Government.
Prior to his service in the SC legislature and US Congress, Tallon was president of Tallon Capitol Corporation and was engaged in residential and commercial real estate and development, as well as operating a chain of retail clothing stores in SC and NC. He was nominated by then president Jimmy Carter to serve on the White House Conference on Small Business and was elected Chairman of the Conference in 1979 & 1980. In 1983 Tallon was named SC Small Businessman of the year.
In 2008, Congressman Tallon was invited to join, as a principal, the government affairs and public relations firm of Jenkins Hill Consulting, in Washington, DC. In 2010, Tallon was recognized by the FMOC for his years during his tenure in Congress and in the private sector working to expand US trade exports. As a congressman, he was an active participant in GATT negotiations in Geneva and took part in several agricultural trade missions to Asia, Europe, China and Latin America. More recently, Tallon has devoted a considerable amount of time working on regulatory issues with various federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transportation.
Tallon's time as a Member of Congress and federal lobbyist earned him a reputation as a strong and effective advocate for his clients. He aggressively works on a wide range of issue that includes taxes, trade, financial services, energy, health care, defense, appropriations, transportation and agriculture.
|Charles Brannon Thomas, Jr., M.D. |
Elected as the medical professions representative from Congressional District 4 in 1996, Dr. Thomas served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Medical University of South Carolina from 2006-2010. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1973 with a B.S. in Psychology, he went on to obtain a B.S. in Pharmacy from MUSC in 1978 and an M.D. from MUSC in 1984. Dr. Thomas practices Orthopaedic Surgery in Greenville and has served in multiple medical missions overseas in Honduras, Cuba, Mexico and Haiti.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Thomas currently is a commissioner on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.
|James E. Wiseman, Jr., D.M.D. |
Elected as the lay representative from Congressional District 5 in 2002, Dr. Wiseman is a retired dentist and a member of the South Carolina Dental Association. He is past president of the Central District Dental Society and past president of the S.C. Academy of Practice Administration. Dr. Wiseman is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and obtained a D.M.D. degree from the University of Louisville in 1959. Dr. Wiseman is the recipient of many awards, among which are the Governor’s Rural Summit Award, Woodrow Wilson Award, Order of the Palmetto, S.C. Dental Association Citizenship Award, and the S.C. Downtown Development Award. Dr. Wiseman served on the Board of Directors of the Newberry Federal Savings Bank and is Chair of the Newberry Opera House Foundation. He served on the Newberry City Council from 1991 to 2000. He was named Distinguished Alumnus of the University of South Carolina in 2006.