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MUSC President announces departure, new opportunity

Greenberg to become Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Texas System

Heather Woolwine | News Center | July 10, 2013

Dr. Ray GreenbergMUSC President Raymond S. Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., at MUSC's 2013 commencement.

Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg, President of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) today announced that he would be departing the university at the end of August 2013 in order to assume the position of Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at The University of Texas System.

MUSC Board of Trustees has unanimously appointed Mark S. Sothmann, Ph.D., MUSC Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, as interim president for the university beginning sometime in late August. See details below.

Greenberg, President of MUSC since 2000, led the institution through a period of unprecedented growth and development.  During his tenure, more than a million square feet of new space was constructed on the campus, including a state-of-the-art hospital, new facilities for the Hollings Cancer Center, the College of Health Professions, and the College of Dental Medicine, as well as research laboratory buildings for the Darby Children’s Research Institute, Drug Discovery and Bioengineering.

Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg 

During Greenberg’s presidency, the programmatic growth at MUSC paralleled the physical expansion of the campus, with annual research funding more than doubling to a record $243 million and total operating budgets approaching $2 billion per year.  The Hollings Cancer Center’s contributions to cancer research, education and patient care were recognized with designation by the National Cancer Institute.  The university’s ability to move discoveries from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside was recognized with a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health.

“Ray Greenberg has transformed the Medical University during his years in office,” said Thomas Stephenson, chairman of the MUSC Board of Trustees.  “He led us through challenging financial times, yet still was able to expand our contributions to the state.  He will be missed on campus, but equally important, throughout the state of South Carolina.  We will always think of Ray and his wife Leah as part of the MUSC family.”

Stephenson said that the MUSC Board of Trustees would meet soon to discuss the transition in leadership, proceeding quickly to launch a national search for a permanent successor.  “We are confident that there will be a lot of interest in this position and that we will be able to attract an outstanding candidate to lead MUSC to even greater heights in the years ahead.”

Speaking of his years at MUSC, Greenberg said:  “It has been an extraordinary privilege for me, both personally and professionally, to be part of such a wonderful organization.  The decision to leave behind so many good friends and colleagues has been difficult, but MUSC will always remain in my heart.”

A principal point of emphasis for Greenberg at MUSC was building statewide collaboration.  These efforts helped to foster the creation of Health Sciences South Carolina - a partnership involving the state’s research universities and teaching hospitals, the Carolina e-Health Alliance – a cooperative effort of all Charleston hospitals to share data between emergency departments, a Bioengineering Alliance with Clemson University and a merger of pharmacy schools with the University of South Carolina.

In Texas, Greenberg will be responsible for administrative and strategic oversight of the six academic health science institutions within the University of Texas System – The UT System educates more than two-thirds of the state’s health care professionals annually and is composed of four medical schools, and numerous other professional schools in nursing, dentistry, public health and more.  Two new medical schools are under development now.  Greenberg will be succeeding Dr. Kenneth Shine who served in this role for a decade and prior to that was the President of the prestigious Institute of Medicine.

“It is a special honor to follow in Dr. Shine’s footsteps,” said Greenberg, “and I am excited about the opportunity to work for Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., a distinguished physician-educator, who has elevated The University of Texas System to one of the preeminent higher education systems in the country.  I look forward to becoming part of Chancellor Cigarroa’s team, to working with the Board of Regents, and to partnering with the outstanding presidents of all six health science institutions.”

Prior to becoming President of MUSC, Greenberg served as its Vice President for Academic Affairs and before that, he was at Emory University where he held various administrative roles, including chairman of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Medicine, deputy director of the Winship Cancer Center, and founding dean of the Rollins School of Public Health.

MUSC Board of Trustees decide on interim president

MUSC Board of Trustees has unanimously appointed Mark S. Sothmann, Ph.D., MUSC Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost as interim president for the university beginning sometime in late August during an executive session board call.

Dr. Mark S. Sothmann 

Board chairman Thomas Stephenson said the Board felt it was imperative to maintain a sense of continuity while the Board prepared to launch a national search for a new president in the coming months. “Dr. Sothmann has proven his ability to lead here at MUSC, first in his role as the dean of the College of Health Professions and then in his current position as provost. The Board has every confidence that Mark will provide a steady leadership presence during this period of transition for the University," Stephenson said.

“I have had the privilege of working closely with Dr. Sothmann for the past three years. He is a very skilled and diplomatic leader and he has direct experience in helping to guide the University,” said Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., current MUSC President. “I applaud the Board of Trustees for their vote of confidence in Dr. Sothmann, and believe that he will be a very effective interim president for MUSC.”

Sothmann serves on numerous national science and health care advisory boards, and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine where has served in leadership roles. He has published extensively in the fields of exercise science and academic leadership. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, NASA, EEOC, Lilly Foundation and numerous other agencies. He is a recipient of the University of Wisconsin Foundation Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors and the Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., M.D. Experience Excellence Recognition Award for Service to IUPUI.

“I appreciate the confidence that Dr. Greenberg and the Board of Trustees have expressed by naming me interim president and I am prepared to help the University navigate the path going forward,” Sothmann said. “It is my first priority to work to the best of my ability to facilitate the continued success of MUSC.”



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