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Jim Fisher
Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs

It has been my privilege to serve in the Medical University’s Office of Development and Alumni Affairs for the past 30 years. During that time, I have had the privilege of working with people whose vision and generosity have helped the Medical University grow into the world renowned institution it is today.  It has been a true honor, in every aspect.

Our mission is to build and maintain strong, positive relationships with those who want to help the Medical University become the strongest academic medical center it can be. These include not only our 25,000 alumni, but also thousands of other philanthropic supporters who share our belief in the paramount importance of better health and last year committed more than $67.4 million in support of that belief.

At a time when public funding of the Medical University accounts for less than 7 percent of its operating costs, such gifts empower us to provide scholarships, build new educational facilities, launch new patient-care initiatives, and pursue important scientific investigations that otherwise might not be possible.  Together, we truly are raising the standards of health for the citizens of our state and beyond, one patient, one student and one discovery at a time.

I graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1976 and have been employed with the Medical University of South Carolina since 1979, serving as Director of Annual Giving from 1979-83 and Executive Director of Development from 1983-99.  I assumed the position of Vice President for Development in October 1999.  Prior to joining MUSC, I was employed with Bankers Trust of South Carolina.  My responsibilities include oversight and evaluation of the Medical University of South Carolina’s comprehensive Institutional Advancement programs – development (fund-raising) and alumni affairs (friend-raising).  I maintain personal contact across the state with alumni, corporate leaders, foundation executives, faculty members, grateful patients and other individuals who are major gift prospects for private philanthropic support.