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 Bachelor of Arts 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 at that time 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 M.D. Anderson Medical Center Board of Visitors, the Spartanburg Day School Board of Trustees and the Liberty Fellows Board of Directors.
Benjamin B. Waters III is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and 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.
Lisa H. Stevens is Secretary of the Board of Trustees and currently a member of the Greenville County Planning Commission and is Chairman of the Board of the Langston Charter Middle School, which she helped establish. Ms. Stevens also has worked in residential real estate with Pineview Properties.
Ms. Stevens received a master’s of city and regional planning degree from Clemson University and a B.A. in Sociology from Furman University.
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, the South Carolina Education Lottery Commission and the South Carolina Mental Health Commission, as well as Chairman of the Legacy Trust.
Benjamin L. Allen Jr., MD, is the former chief of staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Greenville Unit. Dr. Allen earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Wofford College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He earned his Doctor of Medicine at Duke University and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Duke Hospital and affiliated institutions.
He is a former board member of Greenville’s Ronald McDonald House and former member of the state medical advisory committee for children’s rehabilitative services. He previously served on the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch.
Widely published, he currently holds positions as professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, adjunct professor of bioengineering at Clemson University and clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
Jerry E. Dempsey is immediate past chair of the GHS Board of Trustees. He is the retired board chairman and CEO of PPG Industries Inc., a Fortune 500 company. He also served as vice chairman of WMX Technologies (now Waste Management Inc.) and chairman and CEO of its Chemical Waste Management subsidiary.
A Landrum native, he is a mechanical engineering graduate of Clemson University. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University and attended the executive seminar of Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies.
He has served on the board of directors of numerous publicly traded brand-name companies, including Eastman Chemical, Nalco Chemical, Borg-Warner Corporation, Waste Management, Birmingham Steel and Navistar International. He has been active in civic affairs throughout his career. In Greenville, he has been a member of the Peace Center for the Performing Arts Board, an elder at First Presbyterian Church, treasurer of the Presbyterian Community Foundation, a board member of Greenville Country Club and president of the Greenville Symphony.
He has received numerous honors from Clemson University for his distinguished service and co-chaired the Commission on the Future of Clemson University and its corporate committee in Clemson’s capital campaign. In 1995, he received a Horatio Alger Award from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and the Anti-defamation League American Heritage Award. He twice received Financial World magazine’s service business CEO of the Year bronze award.
R. Dennis Hennett is the retired CEO of Greer State Bank and has 38 years of banking experience.
He attended the American Bankers Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, where he received his graduate degree in banking. He earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Furman University.
A native of Woodruff, he has long been active in the community and has garnered numerous awards. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Greer Bancshares Inc., the parent company of Greer State Bank, the Greer Development Corporation’s Board of Directors and the BMW Community Advisory Panel.
S. Hunter Howard Jr. is a former S.C. legislator and retired president and CEO of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce. Under his leadership, the organization received recognition by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2006 as the first state chamber to be Accredited with Distinction. He is currently a partner in the CPA firm Scott & Company, LLP.
A native of Fountain Inn, he earned a B.S. in accounting from the University of South Carolina and later completed Harvard University’s Program in Senior Executives in State and Local Government.
He managed his own CPA firm, Hunter Howard & Company, for approximately eight years, during which time period he also was elected to the state’s House of Representatives as the state’s youngest legislator at that time. He has received numerous awards, including the Order of the Palmetto.
He has served as a member of the S.C. Board of Economic Advisors, the Charleston Southern University Board of Trustees, the S.C. Retirement System Investment Panel and United Way of South Carolina. He currently serves on boards such as the Greenville Technical College Foundation, South Carolina Higher Education Foundation and the Clemson University ICAR Economic Council.
Margaret L. Jenkins, of Greenville, is founder and president of Margaret Jenkins & Associates, a Greenville-based consulting firm specializing in strategic marketing and philanthropic development.
A native of Los Angeles, she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Colorado.
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. She also is the former chief marketing officer of El Pollo Loco Restaurants, a 500-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. She is a director of Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., a New York-based international apparel and retail company.
Ms. Jenkins is an avid supporter of the visual and performing arts and is a trustee of the Greenville Symphony Association and Artisphere. She also serves on the board of Greenville Women Giving.
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. 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 of Education degree in biological science from South Carolina State College and a B.S. from Bennett College. She also 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, 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.
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 the immediate past 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.