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Board Biographies

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

Mr. Baker, of Johns Island, was appointed to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2014 as the Governor’s at-large appointee. Mr. Baker is Chairman of the Board of The Baker Companies, a residential/industrial real estate development and investment company headquartered in White Plains, New York, 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. Mr. Baker and his wife, Ruth, 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, a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2014 as the lay representative from the Fifth Congressional District. 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 MDA, she represented South Carolina at the annual Jerry Lewis Telethons. After working with the MDA, Ms. Barnes 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. Ms. Barnes 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. Ms. Barnes and her husband, Ruck, 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 to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2013 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, South Carolina. 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 1980s. 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 currently serves as a Commissioner on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education representing public research institutions. Mr. Battle and his wife, Katherine, reside in Nichols and have one daughter.

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

Mr. Bingham was elected to the MUSC Board of  Trustees in 2002 as the lay representative from the Second Congressional District.  Mr. BIngham, a licensed professional engineer, is president and owner of Hercules Contractors and Engineers, Inc., of Cayce, South Carolina. Mr. Bingham is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and served in the U.S. 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. Mr. Bingham and his wife, Mary Lynn, have three children.

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

Dr. Brown, a native Charlestonian, was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2018 as the medical professions representative from the Sixth Congressional District.  Dr. Brown is a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and after years of service and two sea tours in the Navy, he returned to Charleston to teach Naval Science at The Citadel. While at The Citadel, he earned a masters degree in Education and Biology and then went on to graduate from MUSC's College of Medicine in 2002. After graduating MUSC, he returned to full active duty in the U.S. Navy as a physician. During his twenty 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. Dr. Brown and his wife, Deborah, have two children, Gabriel and Lillian. 

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

Dr. Castles was appointed to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2017 by Governor Henry McMaster. 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 the 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. 

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. Dr. Castles and his wife, Libby Lee Gantt, have six children.

Richard M. Christian, Jr., MD

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

Dr. Christian, a native of Greenwood, South Carolina was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2017 as the medical professions representative from the Third Congressional District.  Dr. Christian received his undergraduate degree from Wofford College and his medical degree from the MUSC College of Medicine.   He is an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedic Associates of the Lakelands, a physician practice of Self Medical Group in Greenwood. The primary focus of his practice is reconstructive surgery including total knee and hip replacement.

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, a native of Florence, South Carolina, was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2018 as the medical professions representative from the Seventh Congressional District. Dr. Davis attended Wofford College on a golf scholarship and graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 1994. He earned his Doctorate degree 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 practiced since 2006.

He is a member of the Florence Dental Society and 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 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 of the First Presbyterian Church in Florence where he has served as an elder. 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 was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 1994 as the medical professions representative from the First Congressional District.  Dr. Johnson served as Chairman from 2002 to 2006 and again from 2014 to 2018. 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 Universities of Hong Kong; Madrid, Spain; Valencia Spain; Lyon, France; Paris France; and the Royal London Hospital in London, England. Dr. Johnson and his wife, Kim, also an MUSC graduate and a practicing nurse anesthetist, have three children.

Ms. Barbara Johnson-WilliamsMs. Barbara Johnson-Williams

Ms. Johnson-Williams was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees 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 a teacher; department chair, and program specialist before her retirement in 2011. Ms. Johnson-Williams also served as the 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, live in Orangeburg.

James Lemon, DMDJames Lemon, DMD

Dr. Lemon, a native of Barnwell, South Carolina, was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2014 as the medical professions representative from the Second Congressional District. Dr. Lemon has been a resident in Columbia for over thirty years. 

Dr. Lemon has practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery since finishing his residency at Emory University. Prior to Emory, he graduated from Clemson University and the MUSC College of Dental Medicine, where he also completed an internship. 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.

Dr. Lemon has two sons, one of whom is also a graduate of the MUSC College of Dental Medicine.

Charles W. Schulze, CPA

Charles W. Schulze, CPA

Mr. Schulze, a native of Greenwood, was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2002, as the lay representative from the Third Congressional District. Mr. Schulze is the current Chairman of the MUSC Board of Trustees.  He graduated from Georgia Military Academy, received his 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. Mr. Schulze and his wife, Sarah Allice, live in Greenwood and have two daughters.

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

Dr. Smith, a resident of Sumter, South Carolina, was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2013 as the medical professions representative from the Fifth 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

Mr. Stavrinakis, a lifetime resident of Charleston, was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 2013 as the 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. Michael and his wife Karen, who is a 1995 graduate of MUSC, have three children.

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

Mr. Stephenson was elected to the MUSC Board of Trustees in 1998 as the lay representative from the Fourth Congressional District.  He served as Chairman of the MUSC Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2014.  Mr. Stephenson received both his 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 include 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.