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MUSC Leadership

As the state's flagship hospital and medical university, The Board of Trustees is the final authority and governing body of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), its colleges, outreach programs and ancillary functions. The Board names the principal officers of the organization, including the President.

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Board of Trustees

As the governing body and final authority for MUSC, the Board establishes general policies of the University, defines educational programs and approves annual budgets.

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MUSC President Dr. David Cole

President David J. Cole, M.D., FACS came to the Medical University in 1994 as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, division of general surgery. He quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to professor in 2002.

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Organizational Leadership


In addition to our board and president, our leadership includes several offices governing academics, research, finances, giving, technology, human resources, student affairs, communications and more.