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.
|Terri R. Barnes|
Terri Rudder Barnes, the lay representative from Congressional District 5, was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2014. A native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Terri Barnes graduated from Clemson University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She started her professional career with the National Muscular Dystrophy Association as a patient service coordinator. Among her many responsibilities with the MDA she represented South Carolina at the annual Jerry Lewis Telethons. After working with the MDA, Terri began a new career path in the computer industry. She is currently, Vice President of Applied Data Technologies, which she co-founded in 1998. The company has grown into a leading top tier reseller of Hewlett Packard products. Terri has served on many panels and advisory boards with the Hewlett Packard Company. She is an active member of First Baptist Church of Rock Hill, where she serves as a Youth Sunday School teacher. Terri is married to Rock Hill native, Ruck Barnes. They have three children and one grandchild.
|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.
|Mr. William (Bill) A. Baker, Jr.|
Mr. Baker, of Johns Island, began his term on the Board of Trustees in November 2014, as the Governor’s at-large appointee. He is Chairman of the Board of The Baker Companies, a residential/industrial real estate development and investment company headquartered in White Plains, NY, with operations in NY, NJ, CT ,PA ,DE and NC. An active volunteer with hospitals, he was Vice Chair of Northern Westchester Center and a founding member of Stellaris Health Network. He was on the Board of Georgetown University where he chaired the Committee on Medical Center Affairs. Locally he served on the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation as Vice Chair. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by MUSC in 2008. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Horizon Project Foundation Board. He is married to Ruth O. Baker and has six children, fourteen grandchildren and two great granddaughters. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Harvard Business School.
|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.
|James Lemon, DMD|
Dr. Lemon is a native of Barnwell, South Carolina, and has resided in Columbia the past 31 years. In 2014, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Medical University of South Carolina and serves as the medical professions representative from Congressional District 2. Dr. Lemon practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery since finishing his residency at Emory University. Prior to Emory, he graduated from Clemson University, MUSC College of Dental Medicine, and completed an internship at MUSC also. Dr. Lemon is past president of the Greater Columbia Dental Society, Central District Dental Society, and the South Carolina Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He and his wife Lynn, an MUSC graduate in occupational therapy, have two sons, one of whom is a freshman dental student at MUSC.
|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.
|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 Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Schulze is a Veteran of the Vietnam War and spent four years in the US Air Force between 1968 and 1972. Among his decorations are four Outstanding Unit Awards with two “V” Devices for Combat Valor, Vietnam Service Medal with four campaign stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Mr. Schulze is a retired shareholder in the regional accounting and consulting firm of Elliott Davis Decosimo. He currently is a consultant to the firm in business forensics. He is a past Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Georgia. He is a 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 adult 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.
|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.