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MUSC's Board of Trustees

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.

Dr. BakerStanley 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.
 
Melvyn BerlinskyMelvyn Berlinsky
A native of Charleston, Mr. Berlinsky has served as a lay representative from Congressional District 1 on the MUSC Board of Trustees since 1971. He was the Board’s Vice-Chair from 1990 to 1994. He has served as a member of the Research Committee, the Hospital and Patient Care Committee, and as Chair of the Education, Faculty, and Student Affairs Committee. He also serves as the representative of the Board of Trustees to the Hollings Cancer Center Board. A native of Charleston, Mr. Berlinsky attended The Citadel and he and his wife Joan have three sons.
 
William Bingham

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.
 

Dr. FishburneCotesworth Pinckney Fishburne, Jr., D.D.S.
Dr. Fishburne, a native of Walterboro, has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 1988. He received a BS degree from Wofford College in 1959 and, since the State of South Carolina had no dental school at the time, he enrolled at the Medical College of Virginia, where he graduated in dentistry in 1963. After serving two years as Captain in the Army Dental Corps, Dr. Fishburne began his practice in Rock Hill in 1965 and continued until becoming semi-retired in 2002. He has served as an active member and as president of numerous local and state dental and civic organizations and is active in his Presbyterian Church. He and his wife Shirley have two daughters.
 
William Hewitt

William B. Hewitt, M.S.E.E.
Mr. Hewitt, of Charleston, began his term on the Board of Trustees on June 30, 2003, as the Governor’s at-large appointee. He is Chair of the Board of Polymer Group, Inc. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Union Corporation prior to its sale to Outsourcing Solutions, Inc. Prior to joining Union Corporation, Mr. Hewitt was a founding partner and Executive Vice President of First Manhattan Consulting Group. He received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut and baccalaureate engineering degrees from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He has served on two NYSE listed company boards, two private equity company board (one listed) and two venture capital boards. Mr. Hewitt is active in the non-profit area, serving as Chair of the Charleston Promise Neighborhood, a not-for-profit whose goal is to revitalize a depressed portion of Charleston County and having served as Chair of the Board of the Spoleto Festival USA, Chair of Water Missions International, Chair of The Citadel School of Business Administration Advisory Board, and was President of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association. He is active in the St. Michaels Anglican Church, having served as Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer and Vestryman.
 

Dr. JohnsonDonald 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.
 
Dr. O'Bryan

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.
 

Dr. OrrPaula E. Orr, M.D.
Dr. Orr began her term on the Board of Trustees on July 9, 2003, as the Governor's Designee. She is a physician and owner of the Charleston Women's Wellness Center in Charleston, S.C. She has been honored by placement on the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s “Forty Under Forty” list, recognizing individuals with the “heart and talent to make a positive difference in our community.” She serves on the board of the Carolina Youth Development Center, and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as well as Jack and Jill of America, Inc. A graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. with a B.S. Degree in biology, Dr. Orr received an M.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. She received her residency training and was chief resident in the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. She and her husband Jon have four children. 
 
Dr. RowlandThomas C. Rowland, Jr., M.D.
A former Vice-Chair and Chair of the MUSC Board of Trustees, Dr. Rowland has been a member of the Board since 1982, representing the medical profession from Congressional District 2. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, Dr. Rowland received an M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Rowland spent 9 years in the US Navy, 3 years of which was completion of residency training in OB-GYN. He entered private practice of OB-GYN in Columbia, SC in 1968. He has been awarded the Order of the Palmetto twice, and he was named Distinguished Alumnus of MUSC in 1994. A former President of the South Carolina Medical Association, he currently holds professorships at the USC School of Medicine and MUSC. He has also served as President of Southern Medical Association, Southern Gyn Society, and South Atlantic Association of Ob-Gyn. For 3 years, he served as Treasurer of the American College of Ob-Gyn. Dr. Rowland has also visited China, India, Nigeria, and Afghanistan as a Field Training Consultant with Johns Hopkins University. He and his wife Isabelle have two children and six grandchildren.
 
Charles SchulzeCharles 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 Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Schulze is a Veteran of the Vietnam War and spent fours year in the US Air Force between 1968 and 1972. Among his decorations are the Outstanding Unit Award with “V” Device for Combat Valor and Palm device, the Vietnam Service Medal with four campaign stars, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
 
Mr. Schulze is a shareholder in the regional accounting and consulting firm of Elliott Davis, LLC. He is a Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Georgia and a member of the Tull School of Accounting Advisory Board. He is the 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 children.
 
Thomas Stephenson

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.
 

Dr. ThomasCharles 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.
Dr. WisemanJames E. Wiseman, Jr., D.M.D.
Elected as the lay representative from Congressional District 5 in 2002, Dr. Wiseman is a retired dentist and a member of the South Carolina Dental Association. He is past president of the Central District Dental Society and past president of the S.C. Academy of Practice Administration. Dr. Wiseman is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and obtained a D.M.D. degree from the University of Louisville in 1959. Dr. Wiseman is the recipient of many awards, among which are the Governor’s Rural Summit Award, Woodrow Wilson Award, Order of the Palmetto, S.C. Dental Association Citizenship Award, and the S.C. Downtown Development Award. Dr. Wiseman served on the Board of Directors of the Newberry Federal Savings Bank and is Chair of the Newberry Opera House Foundation. He served on the Newberry City Council from 1991 to 2000. He was named Distinguished Alumnus of the University of South Carolina in 2006.
Hon. TallonThe Honorable Robin M. Tallon
The Honorable Robin Tallon, a native of Florence, began his first term as a trustee in 2006 as the lay representative from the Sixth Congressional District. He attended the University of South Carolina and graduated from American University with a BA degree in International Studies. Congressman Tallon served in the SC House of Representatives before being elected in 1981 to serve the Sixth Congressional District of SC in the US Congress. He served in Congress for five terms. In 1992, Tallon founded the lobbying and investment firm of Robin Tallon & Associates, and now serves as its president. From 1994 to 1998, Tallon taught classes in “the legislative process” at Georgetown University School of Government.
 
Prior to his service in the SC legislature and US Congress, Tallon was president of Tallon Capitol Corporation and was engaged in residential and commercial real estate and development, as well as operating a chain of retail clothing stores in SC and NC. He was nominated by then president Jimmy Carter to serve on the White House Conference on Small Business and was elected Chairman of the Conference in 1979 & 1980. In 1983 Tallon was named SC Small Businessman of the year.
 
In 2008, Congressman Tallon was invited to join, as a principal, the government affairs and public relations firm of Jenkins Hill Consulting, in Washington, DC. In 2010, Tallon was recognized by the FMOC for his years during his tenure in Congress and in the private sector working to expand US trade exports. As a congressman, he was an active participant in GATT negotiations in Geneva and took part in several agricultural trade missions to Asia, Europe, China and Latin America. More recently, Tallon has devoted a considerable amount of time working on regulatory issues with various federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transportation.
 
Tallon's time as a Member of Congress and federal lobbyist earned him a reputation as a strong and effective advocate for his clients. He aggressively works on a wide range of issue that includes taxes, trade, financial services, energy, health care, defense, appropriations, transportation and agriculture.

 

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