MUSC president leaving for post in Texas

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - Medical University of South Carolina President Dr. Raymond Greenberg is leaving the Charleston school after 13 years to take an administrative position in Texas.

Greenberg announced Wednesday that he will be leaving next month to take become the executive vice chancellor for Health Affairs in the University of Texas system.

The Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Mark S. Sothmann, Ph.D., MUSC Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost as interim president for the university beginning sometime in late August.

"I have had the privilege of working closely with Dr. Sothmann for the past three years.{} He is a very skilled and diplomatic leader and he has direct experience in helping to guide the University," said Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., current MUSC President. "I applaud the Board of Trustees for their vote of confidence in Dr. Sothmann, and believe that he will be a very effective interim president for MUSC."

Greenberg will be responsible for the administration of 6 academic health science institutions within the University of Texas system which includes four medical schools. The system each year trains more than two-thirds of Texas' health care professionals.

"Ray Greenberg has transformed the Medical University during his years in office," said Thomas Stephenson, chairman of the MUSC Board of Trustees.{} "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.{} We will always think of Ray and his wife Leah as part of the MUSC family."

Stephenson said that the MUSC Board of Trustees would meet soon to discuss the transition in leadership, selecting an interim president and proceeding quickly to launch a national search for a permanent successor.{}

"We are confident that there will be a lot of interest in this position and that we will be able to attract an outstanding candidate to lead MUSC to even greater heights in the years ahead," he said.

Greenberg succeeded former South Carolina Gov. Jim Edwards as president of MUSC in the year 2000.

During his tenure as head of the university, MUSC built a new state-of-the art medical center among other campus projects.

"It is a special honor to follow in Dr. Shine's footsteps," said Greenberg. "And I am excited about the opportunity to work for Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., a distinguished physician-educator, who has elevated The University of Texas System to one of the preeminent higher education systems in the country.{} I look forward to becoming part of Chancellor Cigarroa's team, to working with the Board of Regents, and to partnering with the outstanding presidents of all six health science institutions."

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley issued the following statement.

"Dr. Ray Greenberg's achievements are of historic proportions.{} The extraordinary growth, quality and national recognition of the Medical University of South Carolina under his leadership have been a huge benefit to our region and to the state of South Carolina.{}

Dr. Greenberg's generous leadership and service to the community have been invaluable to this region.{} He has always been willing to help with any community endeavor when called upon.{}

Personally, I will miss Ray and Leah very much.{} They are wonderful friends, and I hope they will eventually return to Charleston.

Dr. Greenberg's national reputation has certainly made him a sought-after leader in health sciences and health education in our country.{} The University of Texas has found a superb leader.{} This is a great opportunity, and I am very happy for him."

Prior to becoming President of MUSC, Greenberg served as its Vice President for Academic Affairs and before that, he was at Emory University where he held various administrative roles.