Before hiring a headhunter or convening a search committee to find his replacement, the Medical University of South Carolina Board of Trustees bid farewell to outgoing President Ray Greenberg with a big surprise.

‘Unsung heroes’ at MUSC

During his final presentation to the Board of Trustees, MUSC President Raymond Greenberg spent his time highlighting the work of 10 unsung heroes who really make the institution “hum.” None of them are physicians.

“I can’t leave here without the board having a sense of the amazing people who work here,” Greenberg said.

Sandra DeAntonio

Senior Health Resource Nurse

Bev Carson

Assistant to the Dean, College of Medicine

Mary Mauldin

Executive Director, Office of Institutional Technology and Faculty Resources

Robin Smith

Grounds Department supervisor

Velma Stamp

Director of Grants and Contracts Accounting

Melinda Anderson

Director of parking management

Clay Taylor

Systems Engineer, Information Services

Leslie Kendall

Director of Research Operations Administration

Dottie Aimer

Ambulatory Operating Room Nurse

Linus Brown

Radiology Manager

Gov. Nikki Haley made an unannounced visit to MUSC Friday morning to proclaim Aug. 8 “Dr. Raymond Greenberg Day.”

“Dr. Greenberg has left his mark on MUSC that is going to be long reaching,” Haley said. “He has had tremendous leadership and vision with this university and what we wanted to do was just celebrate him and let him know that South Carolina is forever changed because of it and we will always appreciate his leadership.”

Haley spokesman Doug Mayer said the governor’s visit to MUSC was not included on her public schedule because she meant to surprise Greenberg. Haley is technically a member of the MUSC Board of Trustees, but designates someone else to fill her role.

She only made a brief appearance on Friday and made no other public appearances in Charleston, Mayer said.

“I didn’t know this was happening,” Greenberg said. “I do want to thank the governor for coming down and taking the time to do this out of her very busy schedule. This means a tremendous amount to me. South Carolina is my home now and I plan to return.”

In July, Greenberg announced he accepted a job as the executive vice chancellor for health affairs at The University of Texas System, overseeing six health sciences institutions. He starts his new job in September and will remain at MUSC through August.

The MUSC Board of Trustees convened an executive session on Thursday to discuss forming a search committee to select his replacement. The committee has not met yet and there are a few committee members who have not formally accepted their invitation to participate.

MUSC Board of Trustees Chairman Tom Stephenson said the committee will include members of the board, faculty and staff from MUSC and a member of the community. Their names are expected to be released next week.

Stephenson said the Board of Trustees also has discussed hiring a headhunter to assist the national search for a new president.

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