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Offices and Contacts

The School of Medicine has a number of administrative offices. Learn about the functions of each office, office staff and contacts below.

Reference the below list of the School of Medicine administrative offices. Click on the department or office name to access a description of the office, functions, location and contacts. 

Gerald Harmon, M.D.
Interim Dean, School of Medicine

Lori Anna Davis
Assistant to Gerald Harmon
Office of the Dean

School of Medicine Columbia
Office of the Dean
Building 3, Suite 306
Columbia, SC 29209
Telephone: 803-216-3391

M.D. Degree 

Olivia Ancrum
Admissions Coordinator

Sarah Ricker
Student Services Coordinator

Shelley Streeter
Admissions Manager  

Robert Rhinehart, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Recruitment 

Contact Us:
Admissions and Enrollment Services
6311 Garners Ferry Road
Building 3, Room 101
Columbia, SC 29209
Phone: 803-216-3625
Fax: 803-216-3627

Learn more about M.D. admissions »

Holly Jefferson
Director of Alumni Engagement and External Affairs
School of Medicine Columbia
Phone: 803-216-3303

Paige Stiles
Assistant Director of Alumni and Student Engagement
School of Medicine Columbia
Phone: 803-216-3309

Learn more about Advancement and Alumni Enagagement

Matt Orr, Ph.D. 
Associate Dean
Phone: 803-434-4211

Elizabeth S. Hipp
Program Assistant
Phone: 803-434-4215

Adrienne C. Ross, M.Ed.
CME Manager
Phone: 803-434-4233​

Benjamin W. Lamb Jr., MBA
Program Coordinator

Morgan A. Rhodes, PhrmD, BCACP, BC-ADM
Director, Faculty Development
Phone: 803-434-2723

Nancy L. Williams
Business Manager
Phone: 803-434-2799

Learn more about Professional Development

The Office of Curricular Affairs and Media Resources is devoted to ensuring that the preclinical and clinical curricula meet the ever changing needs of students as well as the standards set by the accrediting board for medical schools, including:

  • Oversight of master course schedules and course evaluations
  • Classroom allocation/scheduling
  • Patient encounter and technical standards attainment tracking
  • Academic counseling
  • Accommodations for students with special needs
  • Faculty support, electronic classroom equipment and instructional material development
  • Coordination of the Standardized Patient Program, Introduction to Clinical Medicine, and Capstone

Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Monday - Friday)

School of Medicine
VA Campus
Building 3, Room 132
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 216-3610

The Office of Custodial and Safety Services (CSS) is responsible for handling all custodial issues, health and safety related programs and recycling for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Custodial and Safety Services is committed to providing oversight for custodial services, providing training and ensuring the safety within the workplace and providing recycling services throughout the medical school.

The Office of Custodial and Safety Services is located on the Veterans Administration (VA) Campus in building three (3) on the 2nd floor in room 230. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 216-3319.

Learn more about Health and Safety Services »

Bryan Winters
Senior Director of Advancement
School of Medicine Columbia
Phone: 803-216-3314

Alyssa Fencel
Assistant Director of Development
School of Medicine Columbia
Phone: 803-216-3305

Learn more about Advancement and Alumni Engagement

Facilities Management

Our mission is to plan, construct, operate and maintain the School of Medicine's facilities to provide a safe and attractive environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Our responsibilities include renewal and replacement of facilities, all maintenance, major and deferred Utilities (gas, water, steam and electric), and groundskeeping.

The Support Services team is responsible for:

  • Courier Service
  • Event Set-ups
  • Inventory Control
  • Keys
  • Moving
  • Pest Control
  • Postal Services
  • Security
  • Service Request
  • Parking Decals

Area too hot/cold, lights out, dripping sink or restrooms stopped up, things to be hung on walls, door or lock problems, things to be moved, pest control etc.

Broken or leaking pipes, leaking roof, plumbing problems, utility interruptions (electrical, gas, steam, water), elevator malfunctions, broken windows, unsafe areas, sight or smell of smoke, fire and other hazards.

To Request Services
Call support services at 803-216 -3150 for all routine requests during normal work hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday or email us at

After hours, weekends and holidays, call USC Police Department at 777-4215 or 9-911 for emergencies or VA Police Department 9-776-4000 then 1 then ext. #6804. They will contact the appropriate personnel to respond.

Please give the following information when requesting services or reporting emergencies.

  • Building number
  • Room Number
  • Name of person calling for services
  • Phone number
  • Type services needed
  • Department

The following forms are available under the Policies and Forms section:

  • SOM Work Request
  • Key Registration Form
  • Key Agreement Form (Print, sign and return)
  • Vehicle registration Form
  • USC Inventory 7 Form
  • U.S.C. SCHOOL OF MEDICINE OFF CAMPUS ITEMS LIST ( Please print and return)
  • FER Form 6
  • RFD Form 8
  • Humphries Fitness Center Rules and Regulations

The School of Medicine CarolinaCard office is here to serve your CarolinaCard needs. We only print cards for eligible School of Medicine persons.  Please bring a signed copy of the Card Holder Agreement [pdf] when coming to get an ID made.

Office hours by appointment only.

Phone: 216 -3150

University of South Carolina
School of Medicine Columbia
6311 Garners Ferry Rd.
Building 3, Room 008
Columbia, SC 29209

Carolina Card FAQs

Where can I use my CarolinaCard?
For a list of CarolinaCard uses click here.

What do I do if I lost my card?
Contact the SOM CarolinaCard at 216 -3150 immediately so we can deactivate your card.  You can also report a lost or stolen card 24 hours a day at  A replacement card is $35.

What do I do if my CarolinaCard stops working?
Contact the SOM CarolinaCard office and we can evaluate the situation.

Can my spouse get a CarolinaCard?
Yes, there is a $15 charge for spouse cards.  A marriage license must be presented as well as both parties to receive a spouse ID.

Can my children or any relatives get a CarolinaCard?

Can residents and fellows get a CarolinaCard?
Yes, as long as the department they are in is affiliated with USC.

I am retired, can I get a card?
Yes, retirees are eligible to receive a CarolinaCard.

Will I have the same advantages with the new card as I did with the old Carolina Card?

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Emergency Management Plan outlines the University’s procedures for managing major emergencies that may threaten the health and safety of the campus community or disrupt its programs and activities. The plan identifies departments and individuals that are directly responsible for emergency response and critical support services.

Learn more about Emergency Management »

At the School of Medicine we take security very serious. We partner with USC Police, the VA Police, Richland County Sheriff's Department and many other agencies to ensure the safety of our community.

Learn more about Security »

Jonathan Crain



Staff Managers



Joey Faulling

Office Manager


Kevin Hennessee

Supervisor, Grounds


Bruce Harsey

Building Modifications Manager


Dee McCoy

Supervisor, HVAC




Kateland Ballantyne

Administrative Coordinator


Jackson Brockman



Faron Brooks

MP 15


David Burton



Rodo Duran



Marco Fernandez



Ray Swegan



Matthew Gamble



Michael Hallman

Grounds Specialist


Jeff McMichael

Mail Courier


Cory Sirianni



Eric Steele



John Kaigler

Ground Specialist



The Office of Finance, Budget and Administration provides core and essential support services that focus on the financial and administrative operations of the School of Medicine. The Department is involved in sound financial preparation and management of budgets and resources that reflect the mission and vision of the School of Medicine and the University of South Carolina. This Office strives to provide support in a professional, courteous, cost-effective and client-focused manner.

This Office assist faculty and administrative staff throughout the School in executing their budgets and managing the allocation of resources to meet the School’s needs and mission; this support extends to all departments including basic and clinical science research, clinical service, administration, education, and infrastructure management. This Office also acts as the liaison for certain financial and administrative matters between the School and the rest of the University system.

This Office serves as part of the "Office of the Dean" for the School and actively provides support and guidance on financial and administrative matters to the Dean and other operations of the Office of the Dean.


Brittany Westley
Fiscal Analyst

Derek B. Payne
Executive Director, Finance, Accounting, and Budgets
University of South Carolina School of Medicine and USC School of Medicine Educational Trust
Medical Park 15, Suite 212
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 803-545-5229 (Mon/Wed/Fri) or 803-216-3304 (Tues/Thurs)

Teshia McSwain
Phone: (803) 216-3318

Jerel Arceneaux
Senior Financial Aid Officer
Phone: 803-216-3629
Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m

Takillya Brown
Graduate Student Financial Aid Officer
Phone: 803-216-3629

School of Medicine Columbia
VA Bldg. 3, Room 112
6311 Garners Ferry Road

Learn more about financial aid »

The Human Resources Office at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine contributes to the mission of the USC Division of Human Resources by supporting the Basic Science and Clinical Departments within the School through planning, implementing, and promoting human resources programs and practices that enhance the School's ability to attract, develop, reward, and retain an exceptional faculty and staff.

Those Seeking Employment
For those seeking employment, we post jobs daily, please check openings at employment.  For benefits questions and information, please contact your School of Medicine HR Staff. For detailed information about benefits and training opportunities go to the USC HR Benefits page.


Susan Herndon
Director, Human Resources
Phone: 803-216-3628

Whitney Easaw
HR / Benefits Coordinator 
USC: USC HR Benefits
Phone: 803-216-3388

Anne Westley
HR Coordinator
Phone: 803-216-3350

Charles S. and Donna H. Bryan School of Medicine Library Website

Roz McConnaughy
Interim Director of Library Services,
Assistant Director for Education & Outreach
Phone: 803-216-3220

Felicia Yeh
Deputy Director
Phone: 803-216-3202

Laura Kane
Assistant Director for Information Services
Phone: 803-216-3205

Karen McMullen
Head of Access Services
Phone: 803-216-3207

Steve Wilson
Web Architect & Outreach Librarian
Phone: 803-216-3206

Victor Jenkinson
Systems Librarian
Phone: 803-216-3211

Laura Howell
Collections Management Specialist
Phone: 803-216-3203

Lisa McCartha
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 803-216-3208

Sherry O'Cain
Access Services & ILL Specialist
Phone: 803-216-3216

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) operates and maintains the School of Medicine's data networks and telephone system. OIT provides desktop support for School of Medicine computers and student laptops.

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday CLOSED

Contact Information
Phone: 803-545-5100
Fax: 803-545-6900

Learn more about the Office of Technology »

The Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing provides a variety of services for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia. From developing marketing collateral to electronic communications, this office manages the initiation and consistent messaging with students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the School of Medicine Columbia.

Emily Miles
Strategic Communications and Marketing
Phone: 803-216-3302

Joshua Burrack
Creative Content Producer

Dom Palumbo
Web Developer

Personnel in the USC School of Medicine Columbia Office of Undergraduate Medical Education provide many services to medical students including assistance with registration and fee payment, scheduling of clerkships and electives, student records administration, referral for personal and academic counseling, and curricular administration.

Brian Keisler, M.D.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education
Phone: 803-216-3615

The Office of Academic Affairs oversees evaluation and assessment of educational programs in the School of Medicine and is a resource for faculty seeking promotion and educational programs undergoing accreditation.

Joshua T. Thornhill IV, M.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Phone: 803-216-3601

The educational program in the School of Medicine Columbia has been developed to support and encourage the collegiality and professionalism essential to an effective learning environment. Students who believe that they have been punitively assessed or mistreated because of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or other factors have access to the School of Medicine ombudspersons.

The ombudspersons are empowered to receive and investigate reports of mistreatment in a completely confidential manner, to mediate between the parties involved, and, in the event mediation is not successful, to make recommendations directly to the dean of the School of Medicine regarding appropriate resolution of any complaints.

The use of the ombudspersons’ services to resolve a complaint represents a form of alternate dispute resolution. For this reason, the services of the ombudspersons will no longer be available to a student once that student engages an attorney to initiate legal action against the School of Medicine, the University of South Carolina, or the employees of those institutions.

M-I and M-II Students

Jay Potts, Ph.D.
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
School of Medicine
Phone: 803-216-3820 

M-III and M-IV Students

Robin B. Welsh, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
14 Medical Park, Suite 400
Phone: 803-479-1999

Florence Regional Campus Students

Brittany Rainwater, Psy.D.
McLeod Family Medicine Center
Phone: 843-777-2826

Facilites Main Number: 803-216-3150

Joey Faulling
Facilities Management & Support Services
Bldg. 3, Rm. 008B
Office: 803-216-3155
Fax: 803-216-3160

Learn more about the Office of Student Affairs and Career Advising and our countless other Student Resources.

The Office of Student Affairs and Career Advising is dedicated to providing student programs and services to encourage the emergence of student confidence, camaraderie, leadership, and self-discovery. The office supports students throughout their medical school education.

We aim to be a responsive and accessible resource for students’ personal and professional development through service, support, and advocacy.

We know each of our students by name and can devote the time and resources necessary to prepare them to become medical pioneers and sought-after health care leaders. Whether medical students are looking for extracurricular involvement, need assistance with financial aid or seeking guidance with residency, the Student Affairs and Career Advising staff is here to help.

Eric Williams, M.D.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Phone: 803-216-3616

Donna Ray, M.D.
Assistant Dean of Student Professional Development
Phone:  803-216-3624

Jerel Arceneaux
Senior Financial Aid Officer
Phone: 803-216-3629

Nikita Stanley
Student Services Coordinator
Phone: 803-216-3632

Raeven Hayes
Office Manager
Phone: 803-216-3630

Takillya Brown
Financial Aid Officer - Graduate Students
Phone: 803-216-3655

JoSondra Hughes
Graduate Program Liaison

Tinisha McDuffie
Administrative Assistant


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