The Medical University of South Carolina Board of Trustees selected Dr. David Cole as the school's new president earlier this month, but he wasn't every board member's first choice, the final tally shows.

Roughly 40 percent of the 17-member board voted to hire Dr. Joanne Conroy, according to the results of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Post and Courier.

Conroy, chief health care officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, had strong ties to MUSC and would have become the university's first female president had she been chosen.

The final tally shows 10 board members voted for Cole. Seven members voted for Conroy, who once served as the senior associate dean for the MUSC College of Medicine, executive medical director of the Medical University Hospital and chairwoman of the anesthesiology department.

While the final tally is public information, the way individual board members voted is not. Only one board member cast a public vote for Cole. The other 16 members cast their votes confidentially over the phone on April 17.

Cole is the current chairman of the MUSC Surgery Department and president of MUSC Physicians. He joined the MUSC faculty in 1994.

He expected to begin his new job as president later this year.

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