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MUSC family, friends say goodbye to 'truly transformative leader'

After more than 13 years as president of MUSC, Raymond S. Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., will step down at the end of August. He will become executive vice chancellor for health affairs at The University of Texas System.

Farewells from around campus and beyond:

“We will miss Ray’s leadership and guidance, and I will miss his friendship. His very large shoes will be nearly impossible to fill. The No. 1 priority for the board of trustees is to find the absolute best president available so we can continue the tremendous progress we have made in the past 14 years.”
Thomas L. Stephenson, Esq.
MUSC Board of Trustees Chairman


“Ray’s numerous contributions to MUSC and to South Carolina over the course of his tenure as provost and as president are impressive, and he will be greatly missed. One of the reasons I was drawn to MUSC was Ray’s obvious commitment to diversity and to diversity in leadership. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with Ray over the past three years, and I wish him great success in his new role.”
Etta D. Pisano, M.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Drs. Ray Greenberg and Sabra Slaughter, chief of staff, scooped ice cream during the 200/100 research funding celebration  Oct. 6, 2008. At MUSC, funding for research exceeded $200 million for fiscal year 2008, more than $100 million of which came in the way of National Institutes of Health grants  and awards.
Drs. Ray Greenberg and Sabra Slaughter, chief of staff, scooped ice cream during the 200/100 research funding celebration Oct. 6, 2008. At MUSC, funding for research exceeded $200 million for fiscal year 2008, more than $100 million of which came in the way of National Institutes of Health grants and awards.

“The state of South Carolina has been the beneficiary of Dr. Greenberg’s tenure at MUSC. He has included the faculty, medical personnel, legislators, state leaders and people from all walks of life in his vision for improving health care and medical education in S.C. His ‘we can do it’ attitude has opened many closed doors.”
Claudia W. Peeples
Board of Trustees Emeritus

“Dr. Greenberg’s tenure as president of MUSC closely mirrors my own at Clemson, and during that time I have come to rely on Ray as a sounding board, partner and friend. His work has always been an inspiration to me. His character, creativity and commitment are benchmarks for all of us at Clemson. A highlight of my tenure as president of Clemson University was receiving an honorary degree from MUSC in 2008. South Carolina is a more prosperous and healthier state because of Ray Greenberg’s leadership.”
President James F. Barker
Clemson University


“Dr. Ray Greenberg has contributed greatly to the biomedical community in South Carolina by his ability and commitment to foster the continuum of fundamental discoveries, innovative translational thinking, and the application of technologies in order to advance South Carolina’s and the nation’s capacity to improve human health. Dr. Greenberg does so by exemplifying and promoting the highest levels of integrity, accountability and social responsibility in the conduct of administration, medicine and science.”     
Jay Moskowitz
President and CEO,
Health Sciences South Carolina
SmartState Endowed Chair for HealthCare Quality


“In 2007, Ray led a group of MUSC leaders on a visit to the Vanderbilt Medical Center. During the visit, we heard about a successful effort that Vandy was leading to exchange patient data among health care organizations in Memphis, Tenn. Ray decided MUSC should try to emulate something similar in Charleston and challenged me to seek funding from The Duke Endowment. As he has done many times, he convinced his counterparts that this initiative was in the best interest of all providers. His efforts led to the highly successful Carolina eHealth Alliance health information exchange, which has improved quality, safety and efficiency of care in the Charleston area.”
Frank Clarke, Ph.D.
Vice President for Information Technology and CIO

Dr. Greenberg is presented with a tooth during the ground breaking  celebration of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Greenberg is presented with a tooth during the ground breaking  celebration of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine.

“Having been in the College of Nursing since Dr. Greenberg joined MUSC as provost, I am struck by his ability to maintain a personal connection with many of the employees here. He always took the time to speak, ask about my family and to be interested in how ‘things were going.’”
Lynn H. Shull,
Assistant Dean,
Finance & Administration


“I will forever cherish my relationship with Ray and Leah these past 17 years. We have developed a true friendship in addition to our professional interaction. He is not only a brilliant man – whose visionary guidance and leadership have taken MUSC to unparalleled heights in education, patient care and research – but he is also so very kind, caring and compassionate with everyone he comes in contact with along the way. We have been so very fortunate to have had Dr. Greenberg as our president for the past 13 years and wish him the very best in the next chapter in the life of a truly incredible man.”
Harold Jablon, DMD
MUSC Board of Trustees


“The Miracle Worker”
Conyers O’Bryan
MUSC Board of Trustees


“I have been a faculty member for 39 years, and I can say without hesitation that Dr. Greenberg’s leadership was unparalleled. He led with extraordinary vision, insight and charisma. He spearheaded the university’s exponential growth in research, patient care and education, bringing them all to national prominence. The impact of his extraordinary leadership was felt not only in the university, but also in the city and the state. He will be greatly missed.”
Perry V. Halushka, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Distinguished University Professor


“Dr. Greenberg, you have been a truly transformative leader for all of us here at MUSC. With your vision and insight, you have continuously raised the bar – challenging us to reach higher and higher to achieve our potential, both individually and collectively. We in the College of Nursing have been energized by that over these many years. I think that a sign of your greatness is that you not only leave behind an amazing legacy, but that you also have inspired a team to carry on in your large footprints.”
Gail W. Stuart, Ph.D., R.N.
Dean, College of Nursing
Distinguished University Professor

“Dr. Greenberg has been a tremendous mentor and role model to me personally. He and his wife, Leah, have made an incredible team and all of us at the College of Dental Medicine will clearly miss them. Harkening back to my Navy roots, we wish them ‘Fair winds and following seas!’”
John J. Sanders, DDS
Professor and Dean
College of Dental Medicine


“I have thoroughly enjoyed a productive, collaborative relationship with Ray over the years that, I believe, has strengthened higher education in Charleston. He is a gifted leader, a scholar, and an extraordinary human being. I value Ray's counsel and advice and am honored to have him as a friend. I wish him and Leah all the best as they begin this new and exciting chapter in their lives.”
President P. George Benson
College of Charleston

MUSC President Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg speaks during the 2013 commencement ceremony held on May 17 at The Citadel.

“I would like to say that because of Dr. Greenberg this campus enjoys clearer air. I work at the College of Nursing, and, at this time, the building is under renovation. But prior to the renovation, visitors, patients and, sorry to say, employees would sit on our back stairs, smoke and leave cigarette butts everywhere. I sent an email to Dr. Greenberg about this problem, and immediately he responded. I really did not think the president of such a large university would personally correspond with me, but he did. I certainly appreciate Dr. Greenberg’s leadership.”
Yolanda M. Long
Ph.D. Program & Alumni Affairs
College of Nursing


“Thank you for your vision, exemplary leadership, interprofessional perspective and support of the College of Nursing during your years here at MUSC. I wish you and Leah many blessings as you close one chapter and begin another.”
Barb Edlund Ph.D., R.N.
Professor, College of Nursing


“Although I have personally never met you, I can easily see that you have definitely had a positive impact on MUSC, the city of Charleston, the state of South Carolina and the nation. Congratulations as you move to Texas.”
Barbara Johnson-Williams
MUSC Board of Trustees

“I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to be at MUSC during Dr. Greenberg’s tenure. As a faculty scholar in the Presidential Scholars program, I was able to see first-hand the positive impact he made on students, faculty and our community.”
Gayenell  S. Magwood, Ph.D., R.N.
Associate Professor, College of Nursing


“Dr. Greenberg has been a great supporter of the College of Pharmacy. He had the vision to see how much more our college could achieve if we were combined with the USC pharmacy program. He is a very thoughtful and considerate leader who will be missed by all of us.”
Joseph DiPiro, PharmD
SCCP Executive Dean


“Dr Greenberg impressed me from the day he was inducted as president for his genuine spirit of concern and respect for all persons. He worked tirelessly to promote a sense of commitment to all members of our community, whether that be the folks who worked at MUSC, the citizens of Charleston and South Carolina, or all groups who are disenfranchised. He made me proud to be part of the MUSC community and set a great example for all.”
Elaine Amella Ph.D., R.N.
Professor, College of Nursing

Dr. Greenberg poses with Lowcountry native Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." Colbert gave the commencement address at MUSC in 2009.
Dr. Greenberg poses with Lowcountry native Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." Colbert gave the commencement address at MUSC in 2009.

“Thank you for establishing a very positive environment for driving innovation, research and change within the university. Your leadership and vision encouraged all to strive for higher goals and the better good for the university.”
Ann D. Hollerbach, Ph.D., R.N.
College of Nursing


“Dr. Greenberg’s leadership has impacted the Charleston community significantly. He is a visionary and a true servant leader who conveys humility, integrity and respect.”
President Jairy C. Hunter Jr.
Charleston Southern University


“It’s been a pleasure to work with Dr. Greenberg over the past 17 years. I don’t know that I have ever witnessed him walk across this campus without stopping numerous times to acknowledge or engage in conversation with staff and faculty.”
Lisa P. Montgomery
Executive Vice President
Finance and Operations


“We wish Dr. Greenberg the best in his new position, and we truly thank him for his insight and wisdom in guiding MUSC through the years. We’ll miss his steady hand on the tiller.”
Philip Hall, PharmD
SCCP-MUSC Campus Dean


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