Greenville Health System Board of Directors (FY17)
This board is responsible for overseeing care delivery throughout the health system and ensuring that the healthcare needs of the Upstate are met. Board members reside within the areas served by GHS or have significant business presence in the system’s service area. The board is chaired by Marguerite Wyche; Spence Taylor, MD, serves as president. All members graciously serve in a voluntary capacity.
Charles E. Dalton
Charles E. Dalton is president and CEO of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative Inc., and has been in this role for 34 years. Since 1992, he also has served as president and CEO of Blue Ridge Security Solutions. Before that, he and his brother owned and operated Dalton’s Incorporated, a high-end furniture store that once provided the décor for portions of both the Clemson House and the Clemson president’s home.
Dalton has served on the Clemson Alumni Association board and the Clemson University Foundation Board of Directors. Additionally, he is serving or has served on the boards of numerous area agencies, including the Upstate Alliance of South Carolina, Cannon Memorial Hospital, Innovate Anderson and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts. He is an alumnus of Clemson University.
W. Michael Ellison
W. Michael Ellison is a banking professional with more than 41 years of experience in retail banking, cash management, middle market commercial banking, private banking and credit administration. He currently serves as a vice president with TD Bank, where he is responsible for hiring, developing and managing a team of credit officers as part of the creation of a new center for underwriting small business loans for TD markets from Delaware to Miami.
Ellison has served on numerous boards, including the Laurens County Healthcare Foundation, United Way of Laurens County and Piedmont Technical College Board of Visitors. He also served on and chaired the Laurens County Health Care System board before the organization merged with Greenville Health System. He has a BA with a major in history from Furman University.
David Lominack is a commercial banking executive with nearly 20 years of experience. He is currently market president of South Carolina for TD Bank, where he is responsible for commercial banking throughout the state.
Lominack is serving or has served on a number of boards, including the South Carolina Bankers Association, Greenville Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Greenville County.
He has a BS with a major in business administration from Presbyterian College and is a graduate of the Stonier National Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania. He also is a Liberty Fellow and graduate of the Diversity Leadership Institute at Furman University.
Robert T. Nitto
Robert T. Nitto is the retired vice president of Government Affairs for BMW of North America LLC. He served in several high-level financial positions in his 30 years at BMW, including an overseas assignment in Munich. Before his current role, Nitto served as chief financial officer and vice president for Corporate Affairs for BMW Manufacturing.
Currently, Nitto is president of South Carolina Charities Inc., which oversees the BMW Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament, and serves on the boards of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and S.C. Chamber of Commerce. He has a BS with a major in accounting from Villanova University.
Richard A. Phillips
Richard A. Phillips owns Padgett Business Services, an accounting and income tax preparation firm. Before starting his own business 27 years ago, he worked in manufacturing accounting for Coats & Clark in Toccoa, Georgia, and Square D Company in Seneca, South Carolina.
Phillips is actively involved with several local charities, including the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Volunteers in Medical Missions. He also served on the Oconee Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees for six years. During his last year on the board, he served as chair and had an active role in Oconee Memorial Hospital becoming part of GHS. He has a BBA with a major in accounting from the University of Georgia.
Timothy J. Reed
Timothy J. Reed is co-founder of Upstate Carolina Angel Network and serves as the Clemson representative to the S.C. Launch board. Reed also serves on the boards of multiple start-up companies in the area and is working on several business initiatives with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.
He has served on the boards of numerous charitable organizations in the area, including the United Way of Greenville County and the American Red Cross. In addition, Reed has served on the Clemson University Board of Visitors, Clemson Real Estate Foundation and Clemson Foundation. He has a BS with a major in industrial management from Clemson University.
Ruth M. Richburg
Ruth M. Richburg is a retired biology teacher with Greenville County Schools. Richburg also is a seasoned volunteer, having served on the board or in leadership positions with the YWCA, American Association of University Women and GHS’ Minority Advisory Council. She is a life member of the NAACP and a member of Greenville Chapter of PUSH. Additionally, she is a member of the Greenville County Civitan Charities Board, United Teaching Profession Association-Retired, South Carolina Education Association-Retired and Greenville County Education Association-Retired. Richburg also served on the Greenville County Economic Development Advisory Committee, Greenville Habitat for Humanity Selection Committee, United Negro College Fund Upstate Advisory Committee and was secretary of the Greenville County Historic Preservation Commission.
She has a BS from Bennett College and a master of education in biological science from South Carolina State College. She has completed additional graduate courses at Clemson, Indiana, Indiana State, Howard and Furman universities.
Michelle B. Seaver
Michelle S. Seaver is president of United Community Bank for Greenville County. Before this role, she served as a senior vice president and wealth market leader for TD Bank.
Seaver has served on numerous boards or held leadership positions with groups such as GHS’ Women’s Advisory Council, Greenville Community Foundation, Greenville Women Giving, YWCA Dream Achievers and United Way of Greenville County. She has a BS with a major in accounting from the University of South Carolina.
The Rev. Thomas E. Simmons
The Rev. Thomas E. Simmons is the pastor of Reedy Fork Baptist Church of Simpsonville. Under his leadership, church membership has increased over 75 percent. The church’s assets also have grown to include a $1.8 million facility that houses space for administration, education and a family life center.
The Rev. Simmons serves as regional vice president of the Baptist E&M Convention of S.C. Region 4, chair of the Reedy Fork Center for Community Development and member of the Meharry/Vanderbilt HIV/AIDS Taskforce. He also is a member of the GHS Minority Advisory Committee and a former member of the system’s Board of Trustees.
An alumnus of South Carolina State University and the Interdenominational Theological Center Morehouse School of Religion in Georgia, he has completed studies at the Billy Graham School of Evangelism in Illinois and the Institute of Church Administration and Management of Georgia. At present, he is pursuing his doctor of ministry degree from Morehouse School of Religion and received an honorary doctorate degree from the N.J. Brockman School of Religion in 2006.
C. Michael Smith
C. Michael Smith is president of Smith Development Company, a real estate company that manages light industrial buildings. Prior to that position, Smith was CEO of his family’s flooring distribution business, Orders Distributing Company, before the company was sold to Kraus Carpet Mills.
Smith has served on the board or in leadership positions with organizations such as Wofford College, Upstate Carolina Angel Network and F.W. Symmes Foundation. He also has served on a number of industry boards, including the National Association of Floor Covering Distributors. He has a BA with a major in economics from Wofford College.
Spence M. Taylor, MD
Spence M. Taylor, MD, GHS President, joined the system in 1992. Dr. Taylor is responsible for leading this highly integrated system, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare providers in the Southeast.
Before assuming his current leadership role, Dr. Taylor served as vice president of Physician Engagement and as president & chief academic officer of GHS Clinical University. At GHS, he also has served as vice president of Academics, executive director of University Medical Group, and chairman and program director for the Department of Surgery.
Under his leadership, GHS has experienced unprecedented growth and advancement in academics, including establishment of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, development of a one-of-a-kind education and research model called GHS Clinical University, and designation as an academic health center. He also led the expansion of the general surgery residency, creation of the state’s only vascular surgery residency, and development of a minimal access surgery fellowship and vascular medicine fellowship.
In addition to his roles with GHS, Dr. Taylor serves in a leadership capacity for several professional groups. At present, he is vice chair of the American Board of Surgery and will serve as chair beginning in 2018. He also is immediate past president and current council member for the Southern Surgical Association.
Dr. Taylor is a practicing surgeon certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and general vascular surgery. He also is a registered vascular technologist. Dr. Taylor has authored numerous book chapters, abstracts and journal articles. He holds the academic appointment of professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia and Clemson University.
Dr. Taylor earned a BS with a major in biochemistry from Clemson University and his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, where he completed his internship and general surgery residency. He also completed a residency in peripheral vascular surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Benjamin B. Waters III
Benjamin B. Waters III is a retired executive with more than 40 years of experience in project management, commercial construction and banking. His most recent role was president of Cunningham-Waters Construction Co. Inc., which he helped grow from a $500,000 company to a $10 million company.
Waters has served as a board member and president of the Greer Lions Club, director of the Greer Chamber of Commerce, and director and chairman of the board for the Citizens Building and Loan Association. He was a member and committee chair of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board and served on the Governor’s Education Taskforce for Excellence in Public Education. Additionally, Waters has served on boards affiliated with Greenville Technical College and North Greenville University.
He has a BA from The Citadel and an AS in civil engineering technology from Greenville Technical College. He also served as an officer in the United States Army for nearly a decade.
Marguerite R. Wyche, Chair
Marguerite R. Wyche is president of Marguerite Wyche and Associates LLC. She formerly served as president and co-owner of The Furman Company Residential LLC and as executive vice president of Coldwell Banker Caine. She is a licensed real estate broker and has been recognized both locally and nationally for outstanding performance in residential real estate.
Wyche is the past chairman of the Greenville Health Corporation Board of Directors. She has served on the boards of the Greenville Technical College Foundation, Christ Church Episcopal School, Greenville Junior League, South Carolina Junior League, Meals on Wheels, Metropolitan Arts Council, United Way of Greenville County, Greenville Women Giving and Greenville Chamber of Commerce. She also has served on advisory boards of Bank of America, Carolina First and TD Bank. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with honors.