The Greenville Health System (GHS) Board of Trustees is a volunteer board. It is made up of 12 members representing Greenville County, as well as two seats that are outside of the county.
William M. Webster IV is the current Chair of the Board of Trustees. From Spartanburg, he is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board for Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc., and previously served in the White House.
He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1983 and a B.A. in English and German from Washington & Lee University in 1979, where he graduated summa cum laude. He attended Germany’s University of Regensburg on a Fulbright Scholarship.
Mr. Webster served multiple roles in the White House, including as 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. Previously, he was president of Greenville-based Carabo Inc., which operated 27 Bojangles’ Chicken ‘n Biscuit restaurants in S.C.
His community activities include service as chairman of the Board of Trustees for Converse College and on the Washington and Lee University Board of Trustees, the MD Anderson Medical Center Board of Visitors, the Spartanburg Day School Board of Trustees and the Liberty Fellows Board of Directors.
Margaret L. Jenkins, of Greenville, is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. She is a former marketing executive and current marketing and branding consultant.
A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Jenkins studied journalism and communications at the University of Colorado. She received public company certification from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management in 2007.
Ms. Jenkins has an extensive background in consumer marketing and advertising and was previously senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Spartanburg-based Denny’s Corp. from 2002-2007. She also is the former chief marketing officer of El Pollo Loco restaurants, a 400-unit Southern California-based company. In addition, she has held various senior management positions with Taco Bell Corp. and PepsiCo International Foodservice, and she has extensive experience in advertising agency management.
An executive vice president of client services for Morrison, Lee & Stevens Advertising in California, she recently completed an eight-year term as a corporate director for Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., the world’s largest shirt company. She served as of the few female corporate board members of a Fortune 500 company.
Ms. Jenkins is an avid supporter of the visual and performing arts and is a former trustee and vice chair of the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville and a former trustee and member of the executive committee of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.
Lisa H. Stevens is Secretary of the Board of Trustees and currently a member of the GHS MedEx Advisory Board and on the board of NEXT High School. She helped establish Langston Charter Middle School.
Ms. Stevens has been heavily involved in the Republican Party, serving as the first woman elected as Greenville County Republican Party Chairman. She also has served as a member of the South Carolina Board of Education, South Carolina Education Lottery Commission, South Carolina Mental Health Commission, chairman of the Legacy Trust and, most recently, as chairman of the Greenville County Citizens Roads Advisory Commission.
Dell Baker is a CPA who joined Bradshaw, Gordon & Clinkscales LLC in 1988. He became a partner there in 1999.
Mr. Baker graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.S. in accounting. He received a Master of Professional Accountancy degree from Clemson University.
From 1986 to 1994, Mr. Baker was a member of the S.C. House of Representatives. During his tenure, he served on the Medical, Municipal and Military Affairs Committee as well as various appointments to Special and Joint Committees of the House and Senate. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greenwood Genetic Center.
The Rev. Sean Dogan is Senior Pastor at Long Branch Baptist Church, where he has served since 1977. Under his visionary leadership, the church has grown to over 1,200 weekly attendees. He recently led a $2.4 million building project and a $50,000 environmental improvement project.
He also has initiated many programs that have positively affected the local community, including a partnership with Harvest Hope Food Bank to provide service to 75 families in Greenville’s Sullivan Community; a monthly Farmers Market that has developed into a mobile market; scholarship programs and business grant opportunities; and a Job Readiness Program for the church and community.
The Rev. Dogan currently is involved with the following organizations and boards or committees: United Way Board of Trustees; United Way Faith Based Round Table; United Way Community Impact Cabinet, S.H.A.R.E. Board of Directors; Greenville Forward Board; LiveWell Greenville Leadership Team (Executive Committee); Senior Action Board of Trustees; Year of Altruism Faith-based Roundtable; UNCF Upstate (Past Chair); and the N.A.A.C.P. He is listed as a “Best and Brightest Under 35” by Greenville Business Magazine (2010) and is a graduate of the Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative (Spring 2011).
Anna Kate Hipp, a seasoned philanthropist who has made volunteerism for education and environmental issues her life’s work, is on the boards of Environmental Law Center, Greenville Health System, TreesGreenville, Carolina Foothills Garden Club and Slow Food Upstate.
Past board memberships include the Peace Center for Performing Arts, Community Foundation of Greenville, The Greenville County Museum of Art Association, Brookgreen Gardens, Friends of the Reedy River and The Pawleys Island Beautification Foundation.
Instrumental in the development of Greenville’s Falls Park on the Reedy River, Hipp 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.
A Mary Baldwin College (Staunton, Virginia) alumnus and Trustee Emeriti, she served on the Board of Trustees for 25 years—five years as the first alumnae chair—receiving an honorary Ph.D. and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from the college.
An instrument-rated pilot, Hipp has logged almost 3,500 hours and flown in seven all-women air races.
James C. Morton Jr. is a retired vice chairman of Nissan North America, with 30 years of experience working for international companies in senior management positions. He currently is under contract with various companies in an advisory role for government relations and community affairs.
Mr. Morton received a law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westminster College. He also served in the United States Army, where he was awarded a Bronze Star during his service in South Vietnam, and in the Missouri Army National Guard.
As senior vice president for Finance and Administration at Nissan, he focused on Nissan’s federal, state and local government and community affairs activities. Nissan’s diversity efforts were a particular concern in both the communities where Nissan had a significant presence and internally.
He served on the board of the National Urban League for three years. In addition, he has served on the boards and in leadership positions with the S.C. Chamber of Commerce, California Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Tech Foundation, S.C. Ports Authority, Association of International Automobile Manufacturers and the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Ruth M. Richburg is a retired biology schoolteacher with the Greenville County Schools.
Ms. Richburg has a master’s of education degree in biological science from South Carolina State College and a B.S. from Bennett College. She has completed additional graduate courses in biology from Clemson University.
She has served on boards or held leadership positions with groups such as the YWCA, American Association of University Women and GHS Minority Advisory Council. She also has served on the Greenville Habitat for Humanity Selection Committee and United Negro College Fund Upstate Advisory Committee.
Michelle B. Seaver is President, Greenville County, of United Community Bank. Before working at UBCI, she held the title Wealth Market Leader with TD Bank, N.A., The South Financial Group-Carolina First Bank Greenville.
Ms. Seaver has a B.S. in accounting from the University of South Carolina.
Ms. Seaver has served on boards or held leadership positions with groups such as GHS Women’s Advisory Council, Greenville Community Foundation, Greenville Women Giving, YWCA Dream Achieves and United Way of Greenville County.
Lewis R. Vaughn has been a dedicated and respected public servant in Greenville for almost 25 years. After six years of service in the U.S. Army with assignments in Europe and Korea, Mr. Vaughn attended Draughon’s Business College and began his career in the data processing department of the J.P. Stevens Company in 1958. In 1963, he joined the Monsanto Company and served in several management positions during his 23-year career there.
Mr. Vaughn served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1988 to November 2006 where he served on the Military, Medical and Municipal Affairs Committee; Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee; and was a 1995-2006 member of the Ways and Means Committee.
He also served in the South Carolina Senate from November 2006 to November 2008 where he served on the Corrections and Penology, Fish Games and Forestry, Judiciary and Rules committees. Mr. Vaughn was appointed to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education in July 2010.
Benjamin B. Waters III is the retired president of Cunningham-Waters Construction Co., Inc. in Greer, which he helped grow from a $500,000 company to a $10 million company.
Mr. Waters earned a B.A. from The Citadel and an A.S. in civil engineering technology at Greenville Technical College. Waters also served as an officer in the United States Army for nearly a decade.
Civic experience includes serving 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 is a member and committee chair of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board. He also has served on boards affiliated with Greenville Technical College and North Greenville University, as well as serving on the Governor’s Education Taskforce for Excellence in Public Education.
He has received numerous awards and honors, including being inducted into The Citadel’s Arland D. Williams Society in recognition of his outstanding humanitarian service to the community. He is a past deacon chair and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church of Greer.
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 has been recognized locally and nationally for outstanding performance in residential real estate.
Ms. Wyche graduated from Vanderbilt University with honors.
Ms. Wyche is a former chairman of Greenville Health Corporation of Greenville Health System. She also has served on boards or held leadership positions with groups such as Greenville Women Giving, United Way of Greenville, Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Technical College Foundation Board and the Bank of America Advisory Board.