The MUSC Board of Trustees held its regularly scheduled meeting May 19.
Kathleen Brady, M.D., Ph.D., vice president for research, delivered a strong report on the expanding research enterprise. “Research year–to–date totals about $207 million, almost 25 million more than at this time last year, with funding up from NIH and corporate sources.” MUSC is poised to surpass its previous record research funding total of $247million (fiscal year 2015) in fiscal year 2016, which ends on June 30.
MUSC Provost Mark S. Sothmann, Ph.D., advised the trustees of a record-breaking year for MUSC graduates as well. On May 20, 600 students participated in commencement ceremonies, with 79 bachelor’s, 63 master’s and 458 doctoral students receiving degrees. Counting all of the MUSC graduates from June 1, 2015 through May 20, translates to a benchmark of 978 students who earned MUSC health care degrees in this academic year.
In the Diversity and Inclusion report presented by Willette Burnham, Ph.D., the university’s chief diversity officer, trustees learned some of the demographics concerning this largest-ever graduating class: 3 percent Latino, 8.3 percent African-American (self–identified by racial groups); 69 percent female / 31 percent male; and 75 percent from South Carolina (instate) / 25 percent out of state.
The board took time to issue a resolution in honor of Provost Sothmann, who is stepping down from his position at the end of June. The resolution expressed the trustees’ gratitude for his “profound and positive impact on the long-term well–being, growth and development of MUSC,” as well as his “nine years of service characterized by humility, integrity and commitment to the highest standards.” Sothmann has served MUSC in a number of senior-level administrative roles and will join the faculty in the College of Health Professions in July.
“To be part of MUSC and part of Charleston has been a gift,” Sothmann said. “I want to thank all the people I’ve worked with over the years. I’ve taken more from them than I’ve given.”
Presentations and information
The Board of Trustees also received progress reports on:
- The construction of the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion, which is set to break ground in August;
- The opening of three new primary care facilities in the Charleston metropolitan area; and
- Legislative relations efforts to expand MUSC’s statewide telemedicine network and garner funds for deferred maintenance and to retire debt.