Greenwood Genetic Center Hosts Reception to Honor Directors

Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) hosted a reception Friday, February 4, to announce Dr. Steven A. Skinner as new Director of the Center and to honor outgoing director and co-founder of GGC, Dr. Roger E. Stevenson. The reception was held at the J.C. Self Research Institute on GGC’s Greenwood campus. The event consisted of presentations by GGC board members, including a resolution in honor of Dr. Stevenson followed by the passing of the gavel to Dr. Skinner.

“The Board is very fortunate to have someone of Dr. Skinner’s qualifications already on staff to carry forward the mission of the center as the new Executive Director. Dr. Skinner possesses many of the attributes of Dr. Stevenson, and I am confident of his ability to lead the center into the future,” stated Dr. John McAlhany, Vice Chairman of GGC’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Skinner began his tenure as Director January 1, 2011. He previously served as a Senior Clinical Geneticist and Associate Director of the Center. Dr. Stevenson has served as Director throughout most of GGC’s 36 year history, and will remain on the clinical and research faculty of GGC shifting his focus to research on the genetic causes of intellectual disabilities and birth defects. “Roger Stevenson is a remarkable, multi-talented individual. His contributions to society have truly been enormous. We are fortunate to have him in Greenwood,” said James McDonald, Chairman of GGC’s Board of Directors.

Stevenson co-founded the Greenwood Genetic Center in 1974 with Dr. Harold Taylor who retired earlier this year. They had the vision of a Center that would be contemporary in technology and compassionate in philosophy. Under their leadership, GGC has grown to become an internationally recognized genetic center focused on providing services for the benefit of South Carolina while impacting patients around the globe.

Dr. Stevenson’s impact was evident in the words expressed by Dr. McAlhany. “Dr. Stevenson is a true SC treasure. The two words that I have often used to describe him are ‘visionary’ and ‘humanitarian’. It is through his vision – always looking to the next challenge - that Greenwood is the home of a world class genetic research and treatment facility. However, first and foremost Dr. Stevenson is a humanitarian. His passion has always been that through research and treatment no physical or intellectual disability is beyond the reach of preventive and curative therapy.”

“I share Dr. Stevenson’s vision for the GGC and aim to lead the Center in continuing to provide the highest quality genetics care and services while establishing GGC as a leader in the treatment of genetic disorders,” said Skinner. Throughout his clinical career Skinner has devoted his time and talents to the evaluation and care of children and adults with birth defects, intellectual disabilities and other genetic disorders. He has been actively involved in the development of the South Carolina Center for the Treatment of Genetic Disorders on the GGC campus and provides clinical supervision for the genetics services provided through the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Skinner is also a co-lead investigator for two NIH-sponsored studies to further the clinical understanding of Rett syndrome and Angelman syndrome. As Director, Skinner’s new responsibilities will focus on continuing the Center’s high standards in clinical, laboratory, research and educational services, overseeing the budget and furthering the mission of the Center through partnerships with external agencies, foundations and other Friends of the Center.

Skinner is a graduate of Wofford College and received his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his pediatrics residency at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, SC. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Medical Genetics. Skinner is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the South Carolina Medical Association, the Greenwood County Medical Society, the South Carolina Pediatric Society and the American Society of Human Genetics. He is a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics.

Beyond his service to GGC, Skinner is an active member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Greenwood, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Greenwood Community Children’s Center, the Board of Directors for the Agape Pastoral Counseling Center, and the SC DHEC Commissioners Pediatric Advisory Committee, among others. He also participates in a medical mission team that travels to Honduras every January to provide medications and basic medical care for the underserved population in that area.

Skinner and his wife, Cindy, who also works at GGC as the Research Sample Coordinator, have three grown children and a newborn granddaughter.

About Greenwood Genetic Center The Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC), founded in 1974, is a nonprofit organization advancing the field of medical genetics and caring for families impacted by genetic disease and birth defects. At its home campus in Greenwood, South Carolina, a talented team of physicians and scientists provides clinical genetic services, diagnostic laboratory testing, educational programs and resources, and research in the field of medical genetics. GGC’s faculty and staff are committed to the goal of developing preventive and curative therapies for the individuals and families they serve. GGC extends its reach as a resource to all residents of South Carolina with satellite offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Greenville.

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