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Board Biographies

Mr. William (Bill) A. Baker, Jr.Mr. William A. "Bill" Baker, Jr.

Mr. Baker, of Johns Island, began his term on the Board of Trustees in November 2014, as the Governor’s at-large appointee. He is Chairman of the Board of The Baker Companies, a residential/industrial real estate development and investment company headquartered in White Plains, NY, with operations in NY, NJ, CT, PA, DE and NC. An active volunteer with hospitals, he was Vice Chair of Northern Westchester Center and a founding member of Stellaris Health Network. He was on the Board of Georgetown University where he chaired the Committee on Medical Center Affairs. Locally he served on the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation as Vice Chair. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by MUSC in 2008. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Horizon Project Foundation Board. He is married to Ruth and they have six children, fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mr. Baker is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Harvard Business School.

Ms. Terri Rudder BarnesMs. Terri Rudder Barnes

Ms. Barnes, the lay representative from the Fifth Congressional District, was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2014. A native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Ms. Barnes graduated from Clemson University in 1981 with a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She started her professional career with the National Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as a patient service coordinator. Among her many responsibilities with the MDA she represented South Carolina at the annual Jerry Lewis Telethons. After working with the MDA, Terri began a new career path in the computer industry. She is currently Vice President of Applied Data Technologies which she co-founded in 1998. The company has grown into a leading top-tier reseller of Hewlett Packard products. Terri has served on many panels and advisory boards with the Hewlett Packard Company. She is an active member of First Baptist Church of Rock Hill, where she serves as a youth Sunday school teacher. Terri is married to Rock Hill native, Ruck Barnes. They have three children and one grandchild.

The Honorable James A. Battle, Jr.The Honorable James A. Battle, Jr.

Mr. Battle, from Nichols, SC, was elected in 2013 to the MUSC Board of Trustees as the lay representative from the Seventh Congressional District. Mr. Battle graduated from The Citadel in 1964 with a B.S. degree and received his MBA from the University of South Carolina in 1967. In 2009, he received a Doctorate of Humanities from Francis Marion University. He is co-owner of several businesses in Nichols and Mullins, SC. He previously served in the US Army in Vietnam as a First Lieutenant. He served as the President of the South Carolina Aquaculture Association from 1994-1997; was Chairman of the Marion County Hospital District from 1995-1996; was the Chairman of the Center for Marine & Wetland Studies at Coastal Carolina University and was appointed to the Francis Marion University Business School Advisory Board in the 1980’s. He served eight terms in the SC House of Representatives from 1997-2012. In 2002 and 2008 he was awarded the NFIB/S.C. Guardian of Small Business. He was also awarded Legislator of the Year by the Career & Technology Education Administration Division of the SC Association of School Administration. In 2011, he was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Northeastern Strategic Alliance, NESA, which is an economic development alliance for the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina. He also serves on the Science, Technology, Engineering & Math advisory board and the Marion County Health care Foundation Board. Mr. Battle and his wife, Katherine, reside in Nichols and have one daughter.

Bill BinghamMr. William H. Bingham, Sr., PE

Mr. Bingham is a licensed professional engineer and is president and owner of Hercules Contractors and Engineers, Inc., of Cayce, South Carolina. A lay representative from the Second Congressional District, Mr. Bingham was elected in 2002 to the MUSC Board of Trustees. Mr. Bingham is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954. He served on the State Private Industry Council of South Carolina and received the Contractor of the Year Award in 2000. Mr. Bingham is also an officer of the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club and a member of the West-Metro Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Mary Lynn have three children.

William Melvin 'Mel' Brown III, M.D.William Melvin "Mel" Brown III, M.D.

William Melvin Brown III is a native Charlestonian and a 1991 graduate of the US Naval Academy. After years of service and two sea tours in the Navy, Dr. Brown returned to Charleston to teach Naval Science at The Citadel. While at the Citadel, he earned a Master's Degree in Education and Biology and then went on to graduate from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2002. He returned to full active duty in the US Navy as a physician. During his 20 years of service, Dr. Brown received the Navy Commendation Medal six times, the Navy Achievement Medal twice, a Presidential Citation, and two Battle Efficiency ribbons.

Dr. Brown holds staff privileges at Trident Medical Center and The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston as well as the Lexington Medical Center in Columbia. He is an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Owls Whist Club. He sits on the executive boards of the Star Gospel Mission and YESCarolina. He and his wife Deborah have two children, Gabriel and Lillian.

C. Guy Castles III, M.D.  C. Guy Castles III, M.D. 

Dr. C. Guy Castles was appointed by Governor Henry McMaster to the MUSC Board of Trustees in March 2017. Dr. Castles is a second generation pediatrician practicing in Columbia, South Carolina, at the office his father founded, Pediatric Associates. Dr. Castles is a graduate of MUSC’s College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at MUSC Children’s Hospital and is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Castles previously served on the Board of Trustees at Palmetto Health Richland. For many years, he has been an active member of the MUSC community serving as an interviewer during the admissions process for the College of Medicine and also a previous member of the MUSC Board of Visitors. Dr. Castles and his wife Libby Lee Gantt have six children. Former Governor Mark Sanford honored Dr. Castles for his numerous charitable contributions and dedication to his community with the prestigious Order of the Silver Crescent. In 2014, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine awarded him with Preceptor of the year and he has been named The State Newspaper’s Best Pediatrician for the last four years (2015-2019). Beyond his devotion to family and work, he enjoys a variety of other activities including golf, racquetball and water sports.

Richard M. Christian, Jr., MDRichard M. Christian, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Christian, the medical professions representative from the Third Congressional District, was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2017.

Dr. Christian, a native of Greenwood, SC, is an orthopaedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Associates of the Lakelands, a physician practice of Self Medical Group in Greenwood, S.C. The primary focus of his practice is reconstructive surgery including total knee and hip replacement.

Dr. Christian received his undergraduate degree from Wofford College and his medical degree from MUSC. He completed his residency at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Christian is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is the Director of the South Carolina Joint Center at Self Regional Health care. He also serves on the board of National Health Care in Greenwood and has previously served on the board for Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital.

Paul T. Davis, DMDPaul T. Davis, DMD

Dr. Davis was elected as the medical professions representative to the MUSC Board of Trustees for the 7th Congressional District in 2018. He attended Wofford College on a golf scholarship and graduated with a BS in Biology in 1994. He went on to earn his Doctorate from the MUSC College of Dental Medicine in 1999 where he also finished an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency. After practicing in Mount Pleasant for six years, Dr. Davis and his family decided to move back to his hometown of Florence where he has maintained his private practice since 2006.

He is a member of the Florence Dental Society and is the Past President of the Pee Dee District Dental Association. He has served on the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Dental Association and is a member of the South Carolina Delegation to the American Dental Association. At a local education level, Dr. Davis he served on the Board of Trustees for both all Saints Episcopal Day School and Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School and is on the Dental Advisory Board for Florence-Darlington Technical College. He volunteers his services at local medical clinics as well as participating in medical missions abroad. He is a member at First Presbyterian Church in Florence where he has served as an elder. A resident of Darlington, Dr. Davis and his wife, Tabatha, have two children, Haley and Thomas.

Donald R. Johnson II, M.D.Donald R. Johnson II, MD

Dr. Johnson, the medical professions representative from the First Congressional District, was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 1994. He served as the Chairman of the MUSC Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2006. A native of Summerville, South Carolina, Dr. Johnson attended the College of Charleston and MUSC. After an orthopedic surgery residency at MUSC he completed three adult spine surgery fellowships in Texas, California, and the University of Hong Kong respectfully. He is the medical director of the Southeastern Spine Institute which he founded in 1990, and serves on the clinical faculty as an associate clinical professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Johnson is the past president of the South Carolina Orthopedic Association, The South Carolina Spine Society, and the State Representative to the Southern Medical Association. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong, University of Spain in Madrid, Paris and at the Royal London Hospital in London, England. His wife, Kim, is an MUSC graduate and a practicing nurse anesthetist, and they have three children.

Ms. Barbara Johnson-WilliamsMs. Barbara Johnson-Williams

Ms. Johnson-Williams was elected by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2013 as the lay representative from the Sixth Congressional District.

Ms. Johnson-Williams received her B.S. in elementary education, M.Ed in special education and Ed.S in Educational Administration from South Carolina State University. She worked for S.C. State as an adjunct professor and for Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five as teacher, department chair and program specialist before her retirement in 2011. Ms. Johnson-Williams also previously served as Special Education Program Specialist and Department Chairperson for Special Education at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School. She was a member of the Council for Exceptional Children Local Chapter and president of the South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children.

Her professional, personal and civic affiliations include president of the Northwood Estates Neighborhood Association, Advisory Board for Low County Healthy Start, the Nurturing Committee for Edisto Habitat for Humanity, Orangeburg Community Task Force, Orangeburg Branch of the NAACP, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., The Orangeburg Links Inc., Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, SCSU Alumni, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Edisto Fork Community Development Center Inc., the National Education Association, the American Business Women’s Association and the South Carolina Association for Black Educators.

Ms. Johnson-Williams is a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, where she serves as president of the Usher Ministry, correspondent secretary of the Senior Missionary Ministry and member of the Stewardship Ministry and Women’s Guild. She and her husband, Cecil J. Williams, live in Orangeburg.

James Lemon, DMDJames Lemon, DMD

Dr. Lemon is a native of Barnwell, South Carolina, and has resided in Columbia the past 31 years. In 2014, he was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees and serves as the medical professions representative from the Second Congressional District.

Dr. Lemon practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery since finishing his residency at Emory University. Prior to Emory, he graduated from Clemson University, MUSC College of Dental Medicine, where he also completed an internshhip. Dr. Lemon is past president of the Greater Columbia Dental Society, Central District Dental Society, and the South Carolina Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

He and his wife Lynn, an MUSC graduate in occupational therapy, have two sons, one of whom is also a graduate of the MUSC College of Dental Medicine.

Charles W. Schulze, CPACharles W. Schulze, CPA

A native of Greenwood, Mr. Schulze began his first term as a trustee in 2002 as the lay representative from the Third Congressional District. He graduated from Georgia Military Academy, received a BBA degree in accounting from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of South Carolina.

Mr. Schulze served in the United States Air Force for four years. He served in the Far East and Southeast Asia for three years. He is a Veteran of the Vietnam War and the Cold War with service in Korea and Taiwan. Among his decorations are four Outstanding Unit awards with “V” device for Combat Support Valor.

Mr. Schulze is a retired shareholder in a regional accounting and consulting firm. He currently practices in the Financial Forensic area as an investigator and an expert in financial forensics. He is a past Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Georgia. He is a former President of the SC Association of CPAs and a former member and chairman of the SC Board of Accountancy. He and his wife, Sarah live in Greenwood and have two daughters.

G. Murrell Smith, Sr., M.D.G. Murrell Smith, Sr., M.D.

A resident of Sumter, South Carolina, Dr. Smith was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2013 as the medical professions representative from the 5th Congressional District. He been has been a Partner in Sumter OB/GYN since 1977. He graduated from Wofford College in 1967 and was a public school teacher from 1967-1968. He attended the MUSC College of Medicine where he was an honor graduate in 1972. He is past Department Chair of OB/GYN at Toumey Health care Systems; Past Chief of Staff at Toumey Health care Systems; member of Sumter County Society; Past President of SC OB/GYN; Past Representative of American College of OB/GYN Legislature Task Force; Past Chairman of Wilson Hall School Athletic Association; Past Board Member of Sunset County Club in Sumter; Past Member of the Converse College Board of Visitors; and Board Certified by the American College of OB/GYN.

Mr. Michael StavrinakisMr. Michael Stavrinakis

A lifetime resident of Charleston, South Carolina, Mr. Stavrinakis was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2013 as a lay representative from the First Congressional District. He is President, founder and CEO of Manny’s Grills, Cafes and Franchise Group, operating five units in three states. He is a graduate of Charleston Southern University in 1986 with a B.S. in Economics and a lifetime member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church. He served on the Charleston Aviation Authority and was Chairman of the Committee on Human Resources. He is a platinum member of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Navy League of the University States. His wife Karen is a 1995 graduate of MUSC and they have three children Manoli, Markella, and Leo.

Thomas L. Stephenson, Esq.Thomas L. Stephenson, Esq.

Mr. Stephenson has served on the Board since 1998 and was elected Chairman in 2010. The lay representative from the Fourth Congressional District, Mr. Stephenson received both B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Stephenson has practiced law since 1979 and has spent his entire life in South Carolina. He represents clients in commercial and employment matters and has been consistently recognized by “The Best Lawyers in America” and as one of the “Top 25 Attorneys in South Carolina” as published in South Carolina Super Lawyers. Mr. Stephenson's contributions to public service have included President of the Legal Services Agency of Western Carolina; President of the Greenville Cancer Society; Greenville Civil Service Commission member; and 300 for Greenville. He and his wife Dianne live in Greenville and have two children.