CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 13, 2018) – Caroline O’Neal has been named director of the newly formed Office of External Affairs for the Medical University of South Carolina and MUSC Health. For the past two years, she has been overseeing external affairs and strategic engagement for MUSC’s Office of the President. In that capacity, she assisted MUSC President David Cole, M.D., and MUSC leadership in crafting a corporate engagement strategy which led to community support for MUSC as well as commercial partnerships.
In her expanded role, O’Neal’s responsibilities will encompass both the academic and clinical operations of the MUSC enterprise, working to establish new strategic partnerships in addition to maintaining existing ones. She is primarily charged with business relationships in the private sector, and to pursue innovative partnerships and collaborations with other research universities and community organizations. She will continue to serve in an advisory role as a special assistant to President Cole.
Prior to joining MUSC, O’Neal was a campaign and financial strategist for federal political candidates. She also served as U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s national deputy finance director and state deputy finance director and spent time in Washington working on Capitol Hill. During her time in politics and government, she successfully built relationships with business and industry leaders across the country and led record breaking fundraising strategies and campaigns, garnering the skills necessary for navigating complex environments and solving problems.
O’Neal, a Charleston native, earned her undergraduate degree in public relations from the University of South Carolina and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration.
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 13,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.4 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized children's hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I trauma center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2017, for the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit musc.edu. For more information on hospital patient services, visit muschealth.org.