November 2018 Board of Directors

Greenville Health System Board of Directors (as of November 2018)

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 Margaret Jenkins. All members graciously serve in a voluntary capacity.

Michael Cumby

Michael Cumby is a business executive with more than 30 years of experience in finance, strategic planning and corporate management. He currently serves as treasurer and director of credit for Michelin North America. Previously, he served as divisional CFO of European passenger car and light truck replacement tires and as director of finance and administration of Michelin Americas Research Corp.

Cumby’s civic experience includes involvement with the Parkinson’s Support Group of the Upstate, Boy Scouts of America and Special Olympics. He also has served as president of both the Michelin Tire Corp. Federal Credit Union and Greater Greenville Institute of Management Accountants.


Charles E. Dalton

Charles E. Dalton is president emeritus of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative Inc., having served in that role for 34 years. Since 1992, he also served as president and CEO of Blue Ridge Security Solutions. Before that, he and his brother owned and operated Dalton’s Inc., 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. He also is serving or has served on the boards of numerous upstate 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.

Annmarie Higgins

Annmarie Higgins is VP of human resources and corporate security for SCANA. Before her role at SCANA, Higgins served as BMW’s VP of corporate human resources, where she was responsible for HR strategy, talent management, health management and safety. She also worked at Mitsubishi Polyester Film (formerly Hoechst Celanese) as its HR director and at Hoechste Celanese as its organizational effectiveness facilitator.

Higgins has served on the Utilities Employees Credit Union board and the Riegel & Emory HR Advisory Board. She also served as chair of the S.C. Business Coalition of Health and as a member of the United Way of the Piedmont Board of Directors.

She has a bachelor’s degree with a major in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia.

Anna Kate Hipp

Anna Kate Hipp is a seasoned philanthropist who has made volunteerism for education and environmental issues her life’s work. Instrumental in developing Greenville’s Falls Park on the Reedy River, she co-chaired the effort that raised $3.2 million from the private sector to form the Falls Park Endowment. In 2004, she co-founded Liberty Fellowship, an incubator for exemplary leadership in South Carolina.

Hipp currently serves on the boards of the Environmental Law Center, TreesGreenville, Liberty Fellowship and Carolina Foothills Garden Club. Past board memberships include the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Community Foundation of Greenville, Greenville County Museum of Art Association, Brookgreen Gardens, Friends of the Reedy River, Slow Foot Upstate and Pawleys Island Beautification Foundation.

A Mary Baldwin College alumna and trustee emeriti, she served on the board of trustees for 25 years—five years as the first alumnae chair—receiving an honorary PhD and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from the college.

Margaret L. Jenkins, Chair

Margaret L. Jenkins is a retired marketing executive. She has an extensive background in consumer marketing and retail advertising and is the former senior VP, chief marketing officer of Spartanburg-based Denny’s Corp., the nation’s largest family restaurant company. She served in that role from 2002-07.

Jenkins also is the former chief marketing officer for El Pollo Loco restaurants, a 430-unit Southern California-based company. She has held various senior management positions with Taco Bell Corp. and PepsiCo International Foodservice. Her career in adverting included account management on brands such as Sunny Delight Beverages, Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) and McDonald’s.

Jenkins served for eight years as a corporate director of PVH Corp., a $10 billion apparel company with brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Warnaco. In 2017, she joined the board of CitiTrends, a Savannah-based retailer with 540 stores in 31 states.

An avid supporter of the arts, Jenkins is a former trustee of the Peace Center for the Performing Arts and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. She is a native of Los Angeles and studied journalism and communications at the University of Colorado. She received public company certification from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management in 2007.


David Lominack

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.

Prashant Prabhu

Prashant Prabhu, PhD, is a retired Michelin executive with 35 years of experience in numerous materials and research divisions across the globe. In his most recent role, he was responsible for the creation of Michelin’s Global Incubator Program. Before that, he traveled the world, serving as global director of reinforcement materials development, director of all materials development for North America, VP of new manufacturing development and president of Michelin North America Research and Development Corp. He also served as president of Earthmover and Industrial Tires Worldwide for Group Michelin in France and was responsible for setting up manufacturing for Michelin in India before moving back to Greenville.

In his retirement, Prabhu teaches a course for Clemson University’s MBA program, which he developed based on his experience in the global business world. He also serves as a mentor to start-up firms under the auspices of the Venture Mentoring Service developed by NEXT.

He earned a bachelor’s degree with majors in chemistry and in textile chemistry from the University of Bombay. He also earned a master’s degree in textile chemistry and a PhD in fiber and polymer science from North Carolina State University.


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.


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.

Waters, Buddy (3-7-16)

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.

William M. Webster IV

William M. Webster IV is an adjunct healthcare policy professor at Wofford College. Previously, Webster served multiple roles in the White House, including assistant to the president and director of scheduling and advance, where he was responsible for the coordination and planning of all presidential events with management responsibility for a staff of 25 full-time and 300 part-time employees. He also served as chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley and chief of staff for the presidential transition, where he was responsible for coordination and administration of sub-Cabinet appointments in the Clinton administration. In addition, he served as president of Greenville-based Carabo Inc., which, at the time, operated 27 Bojangles restaurants in South Carolina.

Webster currently serves on the boards of Golub BDC and LKQ Corp. He also has served on the Converse College Board of Trustees, Washington & Lee University Board of Trustees, MD Anderson Medical Center Board of Visitors, Spartanburg Day School Board of Trustees and Liberty Fellows Board of Directors.

He holds a bachelor’s degree with majors in English and German from Washington & Lee University and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. He also attended the University of Regensburg in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Andrew J. White Jr.

Andrew J. White Jr. is a retired attorney with more than 40 years of experience in business law. In his most recent role at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd PA, he led the legal teams charged with establishing the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville and Doodle Trail in Pickens County. He also provided legal services to executives from numerous international companies, and he represented both borrowers and lenders and buyers and sellers in multi-million dollar financial transactions.

White serves on the boards of both the S.C. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the S.C. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation. He also serves on the board of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels. He is a member of the Christ Church Episcopal church garden and grounds committee.

He earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in European civilization from Washington & Lee University and a JD from the University of South Carolina.

Wyche, Marguerite (3-2-16)

Marguerite R. Wyche

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 she was executive VP 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 the 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.