The Catalyst

Former president explains why Greenberg was selected

By Cindy Abole
Public Relations

On July 10, MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., announced his departure after 13 years leading the state’s academic medical center.

In September, he will assume the role of executive vice chancellor for health affairs at The University of Texas System.

In honor of the groundbreaking for the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, Dr. James B. Edwards, center, along with his wife Ann, joins MUSC President Dr. Ray Greenberg, to Edwards back right. Helping are board of trustees members, Dean Dr. John Saunders and community members. The event took place during Dental Alumni Weekend Feb. 27, 2010.
In honor of the groundbreaking for the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, Dr. James B. Edwards, center, along with his wife, Ann, join MUSC President Dr. Ray Greenberg, to Edwards back right. Helping are board of trustees members, College of Dental Medicine Dean Dr. John Saunders and community members. The event took place in August 2006.

James B. Edwards, DMD, MUSC president emeritus, recruited Greenberg in 1995 to serve as vice president of academic affairs and provost.

What Edwards saw and liked in Greenberg from their first meeting were qualities that reflected his “vision, intelligence, friendly personality, leadership skills, judgment and career accomplishments.”

“When we met, I knew that this was someone we needed to bring to South Carolina. He was the kind of leader who would look at a problem from all sides before making a decision. This quality became important as Ray made the move up to president,” Edwards said.

By the time Edwards retired as president in January 2000, MUSC was already transitioning through change.

“A lot of things happened that affected MUSC in the past 13 years, and the university could have easily gone into a holding pattern,” Edwards said. “But the opposite happened. The worse things got on the outside, the stronger MUSC got on the inside. The more we were challenged, the more we grew. That’s what Ray brought to the table: a steady hand on the wheel and a clear vision during a very stormy financial time.”

According to Edwards, his protégé thrived in both his roles and in the areas of leadership, advocacy and as an effective ambassador for MUSC.

“If you look at the growth and accomplishments that have taken place here, you can’t achieve that without first having built a broad-based consensus about the university’s direction. Ray spent an incredible amount of time building that consensus. As a result, we had a very broad base of support not only at the municipal and county level, but also in Columbia, Washington, D.C., and just as important, at the grassroots level here in the Lowcountry community and statewide.”

Dr. Ray Greenberg spends some time at the home of mentor Dr. James B. Edwards.
Dr. Ray Greenberg, left, spends some time at the home of mentor Dr. James B. Edwards.

MUSC’s success under Greenberg’s leadership has been unprecedented, according to Edwards, who remarked how research funding and fundraising today are up and that the university has grown in its national reputation.

Edwards said that Greenberg led MUSC through an incredible period of growth that expanded the campus’ and downtown Charleston’s skyline.

“Mostly I think Ray will also be remembered for building collaborations with so many other institutions throughout the state," Edwards said. "He leaves a rich and impressive legacy for both MUSC and the people of South Carolina and a stronger institution for the future.”


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