Thomas B. Higerd, Ph.D.

Dr. Higerd retired in July 2010 after 10 years serving the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) as Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Assessment. He served as a faculty member in MUSC’s College of Medicine for more than 40 years and as Associate Dean for Resource Planning for 10 years. For almost 2 years, he served simultaneously as the College’s Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and the University Associate Provost.

Dr. Higerd received his Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology from Wayne State University in 1969. After three years of postdoctoral work as a Dernham Fellow in Oncology at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, he accepted a faculty position in the Microbiology and Immunology Department, College of Medicine, MUSC. As Associate Dean for Resource Planning, he facilitated the Medical College’s 1996 Strategic Plan. Following his appointment as the University Director of Strategic Planning, he guided the first University Strategic Plan in 1998.

Dr. Higerd developed a number of strategic plans for various academic clinical units at MUSC and has provided leadership to several state and community organizations including the Charleston County Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Council and the South Carolina Aquarium. He has been active in the AAMC’s Group on Institutional Planning (GIP) and became chairman of this Group. In 2009, he received the AAMC’s Annual Distinguished Service Award for his service in the GIP. He was the university’s liaison with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education where he held responsibilities for regional re-accreditation and making improvements in performance funding metrics, respectively.

He was responsible for overseeing several University initiatives including evolving an “academic” space database, developing annual faculty contracts, and instituting the faculty’s annual assessment of department chairs, college deans and Provost. More recently, he developed the annual, web-based process for disclosing conflict of interests by all employees of MUSC and related foundations engaged in clinical practice plans and/or intellectual property pursuits. Dr. Higerd served as chair of MUSC’s Research Conflict of Interest Committee for many years, and has overseen the Board of Trustee’s adoption of policies governing individual and institutional COI as well as authoring many of the University’s COI Management Plans for senior administrators. After he retired from the Medical University as Professor Emeritus, he accepted a voluntary role as Special Advisor to the Provost and President on Conflict of Interests.

Recently he retired as Executive Director of the South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund, a position he held since 2008.

Contact Thomas B. Higerd, Ph.D.: higerd(at)