Board of Directors
President Emeritus, University of South Carolina
Harris Pastides served as the 28th president of the University of South Carolina, 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.
Dean Emeritus, USC Moore School of Business
President (Retired), Bank of America East
Joel Smith has a distinguished career in business, including nearly 30 years with Bank of America. As President of Bank of America East, he managed divisions in seven states and the District of Columbia, representing over $90 billion in assets. Following his banking career, he served as Dean of the Darla Moore School of Business for seven years until retiring as Dean Emeritus in 2008.
Member, South Carolina House of Representatives
Representative Terry Alexander represents 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.
CEO, Barnet Development
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.
President, Medical University of South Carolina
Dr. David Cole serves as the seventh president of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Previously, Dr. Cole served as the Chairman of the Department of Surgery within MUSC’s College of Medicine from 2007-2014, as Medical Director for the Center for Cellular Therapy from 2007-2014 and as the President of MUSC Physicians from 2013-2014. Dr. Cole remains an active Professor within the Department of Surgery’s division of Surgical Oncology.
Member, South Carolina Senate
Ronnie Cromer represents District 18, Lexington, Newberry & Union Counties, in the South Carolina Senate. He serves as the chair of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee and also sits on the Fish Game and Forestry, Finance and Invitations and Rules committees. He is also a business owner and 30-year member of the South Carolina Army Reserve National Guard.
President and CEO, McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC
Former Governor, State of South Carolina
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.
Professor, Medical University of South Carolina
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.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Owner, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation
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. Along with her husband Bill, Mrs. Kennedy helped establish the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center in conjunction with the USC School of Pharmacy.
President (Retired), AT&T South Carolina
Pamela P. Lackey was President, AT&T South Carolina, a position she held since 2007. 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.
Chairman, Board of Directors, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Ed Sellers is responsible for general management of the various businesses of BlueCross BlueShield and Companion, including health insurance, administrative services contracting, Medicare intermediary functions, Department of Defense TRICARE intermediary functions, a life insurance company, a property & casualty insurance company, computer technology businesses, and an HMO. The company has over $3.9 billion in revenues, and over 11,000 employees located in 11 states.
Of Counsel, Wyche P.A.
Former Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Former Superintendent of Education, State of South Carolina
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. 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. She was appointed by President Barack Obama on June 22, 2009, as Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and served until November 30, 2013. Ms. Tenenbaum also served as South Carolina’s State Superintendent of Education from 1999-2007.
Associate Vice President for Health Research, Clemson University
Chief Science Officer, Prisma Health – Upstate
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.
Chairman and President (Retired), Michelin North America
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.
Surgeon (Retired), Midlands Surgical Associates
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.