MUSC still taking applications for top job

By Ashley Barker
abarker@scbiznews.com
Published March 11, 2014

Approximately 40 candidates have applied to be the president of the Medical University of South Carolina so far, according to John B. Hicks, senior consultant with executive search firm Academic Search Inc.

The search, which began in November 2013, is on track and the presidential search committee has been reviewing applications, Hicks said. Though more are expected.

“We have a large pool at this point and quite a strong pool, but we have more candidates coming in to the pool,” he said. The firm tasked with finding Dr. Raymond Greenberg’s replacement will accept applications until the day a new president is hired.

Applications will be accepted for the Medical University of South Carolina presidency until the position is filled. So far, about 40 candidates have applied. (Photo by Ashley Barker)
Applications will be accepted for the Medical University of South Carolina presidency until the position is filled. So far, about 40 candidates have applied. (Photo by Ashley Barker)
“We don’t want to cut off our ability to consider a very strong candidate that comes in last,” Hicks said. “I’d say mid-to-late March will be our accepted deadline. But if at the very last minute, the surgeon general or some great head of a major medical university says he was interested or she was interested in this job in Charleston, we’d still have the ability to consider them.”

Hicks said some applicants are from South Carolina, and a few international candidates have submitted resumes. But the majority are from across the U.S.

“It’s really a national pool, and that’s what makes sense for the medical university because it’s a national university that attracts students from all over, attracts faculty from all over and competes nationally for research dollars,” he said.

Many candidates have discussed the position with Hicks, and they have typical questions such as how much financial support the state provides the university and other budgetary issues. The proposed MUSC and College of Charleston merger has also been on their minds.

“The merger topic has come up. But because we don’t know where it’s going to go, it can’t be a major factor in what we’re trying to do,” Hicks said. “We do know we want a president that would be cognizant of the needs of the state and able to help the medical university through that and support the state in achieving its goals.”

Hicks hopes the committee will release the names of three to five finalists in early April. By the end of the month, those candidates will be visiting the university’s campus to meet with faculty, students and the community.

“Medical universities have a smaller target pool rather than a regular university because there aren’t that many medical universities. I’m very pleased with the quality of the candidates that are there,” Hicks said. “I think a lot of people have a grand vision for its (MUSC’s) future.”

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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