Dr. Charlie Dorn Smith III, a surgeon and member of the University of South Carolina board of trustees since 2010, is the new chair of the board.
Smith was unanimously elected to a two-year term on Friday. He replaces outgoing chair John C. von Lehe Jr., who served two terms as chair, beginning in 2016.
Smith is a native of Turbeville and a graduate of Wofford College who earned his medical degree from USC’s School of Medicine in 1985. He is board-certified in general and cardiovascular surgery, is a practicing surgeon in Kingstree and Florence, and serves as chief of surgery at Williamsburg Hospital.
“I’m truly honored to be elected board chair of this great institution, and I look forward to working with my fellow board members and (USC) President (Bob) Caslen in ensuring we are providing a world-class education to our students," Smith said in a news release.