MUSC president stepping down

Staff Report
Published July 10, 2013

Medical University of South Carolina President Raymond Greenberg announced Wednesday he will leave MUSC after 13 years for an executive position at the University of Texas System.

Greenberg, who joined MUSC in 2000, will leave at the end of August to become the University of Texas System’s executive vice chancellor for health affairs.

Raymond Greenberg
Raymond Greenberg

Mark S. Sothmann, MUSC’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, will take the helm as interim president sometime in late August as the board launches a national search for a new president in the coming months, MUSC announced Wednesday afternoon. During an executive sessions board call, MUSC’s Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Sothmann.

“Dr. Sothmann has proven his ability to lead here at MUSC, first in his role as the dean of the College of Health Professions and then in his current position as provost,” Board Chairman Thomas Stephenson said in a news release. “The Board has every confidence that Mark will provide a steady leadership presence during this period of transition for the university.”

In Texas, Greenberg will succeed Dr. Kenneth Shine who served in this role for a decade.

Greenberg will be responsible for administrative and strategic oversight of the six academic health science institutions within the University of Texas System, which is made of four medical schools and numerous professional schools. Two new medical schools also are under development. 

“It has been an extraordinary privilege for me, both personally and professionally, to be part of such a wonderful organization,” Greenberg said in a news release. “The decision to leave behind so many good friends and colleagues has been difficult, but MUSC will always remain in my heart.”

During Greenberg’s tenure at MUSC, more than 1 million square feet of space was built on campus, including a hospital, new facilities for the Hollings Cancer Center, the College of Health Professions, the College of Dental Medicine and research laboratory buildings for the Darby Children’s Research Institute, Drug Discovery and Bioengineering.

Also during this time, the Hollings Cancer Center received the National Cancer Institute designation and annual research funding more than doubled to $243 million.

“Ray Greenberg has transformed the Medical University during his years in office,” Stephenson said.  “He led us through challenging financial times, yet still was able to expand our contributions to the state.  He will be missed on campus, but equally important, throughout the state of South Carolina.”

Previously, Greenberg served as MUSC’s vice president for academic affairs and before that, he was at Emory University where he held various administrative roles, including the founding dean of the Rollins School of Public Health.

MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents, and has nearly 13,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. MUSC operates a 750-bed medical center.

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