Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey has been appointed to the Medical University of South Carolina’s Board of Visitors.
Members of the board serve as ambassadors of the university in their respective regions. Summey is representing the 1st Congressional District.
Members of the university’s Board of Trustees nominate people to serve on the Board of Visitors.
Those nominations are confirmed by a Board of Trustees vote, according to the group’s bylaws. Summey was nominated by Donald R. Johnson II, chairman and founder of the Southeastern Spine Institute in Mount Pleasant.
The County Council chairman said he met Johnson during a recent business transaction.
In late December, Summey and Johnson were involved in a land purchase in North Charleston. Summey, through 6880 Rivers LLC, sold a 7-acre parcel at 6880 Rivers Avenue to The Quest Group, LLC, which was registered on Oct. 10, 2014, by Johnson.
Summey purchased the land on Dec. 29 for $950,000 and then sold it to Johnson on Dec. 30 for $1,5 million, the listed market value.
Johnson then approached him sometime after Jan. 6, when he was elected County Council chairman, and asked him to serve on the Board of Visitors.
Phone messages left for Johnson on Thursday were not immediately returned.
Summey is senior vice president for Weber USA, where he leads the sustainable master-planning effort for Ingleside Plantation in North Charleston.
He also serves is the chairman of the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority board and the former chairman of the Charleston Area Transportation Study Policy Committee.
He is a member of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, Charleston County Aviation Authority Board of Directors, and Charleston Regional Development Alliance Executive Committee.
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