MUSC offers presidency to David Cole

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) --{}The Medical University of South Carolina Boardof Trustees has offered the position of president of the university andits affiliated medical centers to David Cole, M.D.{}

The decision came out of a special called meeting by MUSC's Board of Trustees. The only item listed on the agenda for the meeting was the presidential search.

"Wehad three wonderful candidates, any one of whom would have done a wonderful jobfor MUSC," said Thomas Stephenson, Esq. MUSC Board of Trustees chairman. "But,we had to pick one and I think the board was diligent and thoughtful in itsselection. We all look forward to working with the new president."

Cole currently serves MUSC as president of MUSCPhysicians and as chairman of the Department of Surgery.{}

"Cole has served in a variety of faculty andleadership positions at MUSC since the mid-90's, and earned tenure in 2001. Hisawards, board appointments, editorial positions, committee and societyparticipation and research successes are far too many to list here. We'reconfident his experience and strategic vision will help us achieve our goal ofbeing one of the nation's top 25 academic medical centers," a statement from the school read.

The MUSC Board of Trustees announced last week the final three candidates for President. Dr David Cole, the current Chairman of Surgery at MUSC is on the list along with Dr. Joanee Conroy who is the current chief healthcare officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges. The third finalist on the list is Dr. Ora Pescovitz who is the CEO of the University of Michigan Health System.

After the names were announced, the Board said it would make it's selection within one week to replace the position held by former MUSC President, Ray Greenberg.

The new MUSC President will be in charge of an institution that educates 3,000 students, employs almost 11,000 people with 1,500 faculty members.