MUSC Reports Record Research Funding, Record Graduate Numbers

Contact: Heather Woolwine

May 20, 2016

CHARLESTON, SC – The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Board of Trustees held its scheduled meeting May 19. Kathleen Brady, M.D., Ph.D., vice president for research, delivered a strong report on the expanding research enterprise. “Research year-to-date totals about $207 million, almost 25 million more than at this time last year, with funding up from NIH and corporate sources." MUSC is poised to surpass its previous record research funding total of $247 million (fiscal year 2015) in fiscal year 2016, which ends on June 30.
MUSC Provost Mark S. Sothmann, Ph.D., advised the trustees of a record-breaking year for MUSC graduates as well. On Friday, May 20, 600 students will participate in commencement ceremonies, with 79 bachelor’s, 63 master’s, and 458 doctoral students receiving degrees. Counting all of the MUSC graduates from June 1, 2015 through May 20, 2016, translates to a benchmark of 978 students who earned MUSC health care degrees in this academic year.

In the Diversity and Inclusion report presented by Willette Burnham, Ph.D., the university’s chief diversity officer, trustees learned some of the demographics concerning this largest-ever graduating class: 3 percent Latino, 8.3 percent African-American (self-identified by racial groups); 69 percent female / 31 percent male; and 75 percent from South Carolina (instate) / 25 percent out of state.

The board took time to issue a resolution in honor of Provost Sothmann, who is stepping down from his position at the end of June. The resolution expressed the trustees’ gratitude for his “profound and positive impact on the long-term well-being, growth and development of MUSC” as well as his “nine years of service characterized by humility, integrity, and commitment to the highest standards.” Sothmann has served MUSC in a number of senior-level administrative roles and will join the faculty in the College of Health Professions in July.

“To be part of MUSC and part of Charleston has been a gift,” Sothmann said. “I want to thank all the people I’ve worked with over the years. I’ve taken more from them than I’ve given.”

The Board of Trustees also received progress reports on:

  • The construction of the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion, which is set to break ground in August.
  • The opening of three new primary care facilities in the Charleston metropolitan area.
  • Legislative relations efforts to expand MUSC’s statewide telemedicine network and garner funds for deferred maintenance and to retire debt.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) continues the tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and nearly 800 residents in six colleges and has more than 17,000 employees. As the state’s only integrated academic health sciences center and largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $3.2 billion, with an annual economic impact of nearly $4 billion and annual research funding in excess of $284 million.

As the clinical health system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality patient care available, while training generations of competent, compassionate health care providers to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Comprising some 1,600 beds, more than 100 outreach sites, the MUSC College of Medicine, the physicians’ practice plan, and nearly 275 telehealth locations, MUSC Health owns and operates eight hospitals situated in Charleston, Chester, Florence, Lancaster and Marion counties. In 2019, for the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina.