Harris Pastides served as the 28th president of the University of South Carolina through July 31st, 2019. He was elected to that position by the university’s board of trustees on Aug. 1, 2008. His election marked the first internal candidate for the presidency of the university in over a half-century. Previously, Dr. Pastides had served as vice president for research and health sciences and Dean of the Arnold School of Public Health. He and his wife, Patricia, first came to the university in 1998.
Mr. Joel Smith spent nearly 30 years with Bank of America, advancing from his initial role as credit analyst to President of Bank of America East with responsibilities for Commercial, Small Business, Premier and Consumer Banking divisions in seven states and the District of Columbia. Following his retirement from Bank of America in 2000, he was named Dean of the Darla Moore School of Business and became the first businessperson to lead that school. During his seven year tenure, the Moore School reached record levels in international rankings, enrollment and academic achievements. He retired in 2008 and was named Dean Emeritus.
Representative Terry Alexander is the South Carolina House of Representative for District No. 59, serving Florence and Darlington Counties, and has been an elected official for over 26 years, beginning his career as the field director for Congressman Robin Tallon. He went on to serve on the Florence County Council for 16 years. He is a businessman, an education consultant, a career development counselor, a pastor and an adjunct professor of religion. He received his B.A. from Francis Marion University and his M. Div. degree from Howard University, an honorary doctorate and is pursuing an earned doctoral degree.
Bill Barnet is the CEO of Barnet Development, as well as the former mayor of Spartanburg, SC. Mr. Barnet received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in 1964 and his Master of Business Administration degree from Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College in 1965. Prior to being elected President and CEO of William Barnet & Son, Inc. in 1976, Mr. Barnet served as 1st Lieutenant, US Army and Adjutant General’s Corps.
Dr. David J. Cole came to the Medical University of South Carolina in 1994 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery. He quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to Professor in 2002. At the same time, Dr. Cole assumed the positions of Vice Chairman for the Department of Surgery and Chief of the Division of General Surgery. In 2003 Dr. Cole was named the A. McKoy Rose, Jr., MD Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology and was selected as Chairman for the Department of Surgery in September of 2007. From 2011-2013 Dr. Cole served as Secretary for MUSC Physicians (known at the time as University Medical Associates) and was elected President of MUSC Physicians in 2013. He held these esteemed titles until becoming President of MUSC on July 1, 2014.
Senator Ronnie Cromer serves South Carolina as State Senator for Senate District 18. He was first elected to the seat in a special election on April 15, 2003, and has risen through the ranks of the Senate Republican Caucus. He currently serves as chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. In addition, he serves on four other Senate committees: Fish Game and Forestry (former chairman), Finance (subcommittee chairman,) Invitations and Rules (former chairman.)
Jim Hodges received undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He served as Lancaster County Attorney for three years and in private law practice for eight years. He later served as General Counsel and Secretary to The Springs Company, one of South Carolina’s largest private companies with interests in real estate, railroads and insurance.
Dr. Hughes-Halbert is a nationally recognized expert in cancer prevention and control among diverse populations and her research is supported by numerous grants from the National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute. Dr. Hughes-Halbert is also PI of an academic-community partnership funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to develop community-based interventions to improve health outcomes in African Americans. The results of Dr. Hughes-Halbert’s research have been published in influential journals in the fields of cancer prevention, clinical oncology, medicine, genetics, and public health. She is a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors at the National Cancer Institute.
Ms. Lou Kennedy is President, Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation. She joined Nephron Pharmaceuticals in 2001, and accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2007. Having held a variety of marketing and operational roles during her career; one notable achievement at Nephron was creating a national sales force, a rarity in the pharmaceutical industry. In the years following, this helped Nephron Pharmaceuticals grow by 300% and increased shipped product to one billion doses each of the last seven years.
Pamela P. Lackey served as President, AT&T South Carolina, between 2007 and 2018. She was responsible for the public policy, economic development and community affairs activities of AT&T, a leading provider of wireless and wireline communications services. In that role, she worked closely with state and community leaders to help bring new technology and jobs to the state and improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.
Dr. Sherrill currently serves as Associate Vice President for Health Research at Clemson University and Chief Science Officer at Prisma Health Upstate. She is a Provost Distinguished Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Clemson and an adjunct professor of the USC School of Medicine Greenville. She has worked in health administration at the Medical College of Georgia and has served as a health management consultant to numerous organizations. Dr. Sherrill’s research spans diverse disciplines, including medical and health management education, health finance and policy. She is a South Carolina Liberty Fellow and serves on the boards of NAMI Upstate and Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/ Midlands.
Shawn Stinson, M.D. serves as the senior vice president of healthcare innovation and improvement for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Until December of 2014, he was the chief quality & patient safety officer of Palmetto Health, the largest integrated healthcare system in the midlands of South Carolina. In addition, he continues to serve as a clinical associate professor of medicine with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
Inez Tenenbaum practices law at Wyche, P.A. in both the Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina offices. She practices in the area of consumer product safety and advises clients on matters involving the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other regulatory bodies, including product testing and certification, compliance programs, risk assessment and management, regulatory oversight, product reporting and recalls and litigation. Ms. Tenenbaum also provides consulting services on education policy for regional and national organizations whose mission is to provide a quality education for all children.
Richard (Dick) Wilkerson retired as Chairman and President of Michelin North America in December 2011 after nearly 32 years with the Company. Prior to this role, he held several senior positions with Michelin including Chief Operating Officer for the company’s North American Specialty Tire Product Lines and Executive Vice President of Human Resources. During his career, Mr. Wilkerson worked in Michelin operations in France, Scotland and North America.
Dr. Gerald Wilson is a retired general and peripheral vascular surgeon with Midlands Surgical Associates, P.A. in Columbia, S.C. Dr. Wilson also serves as a clinical instructor in the USC School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery and as a member of the Palmetto Health Foundation Board of Directors.