Spartanburg Methodist College Adds One New, Two Returning Trustees to Board

Spartanburg Methodist College Adds One New, Two Returning Trustees to Board


The Board of Trustees for Spartanburg Methodist College welcomes one new trustee and two returning trustees following approval at the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Elizabeth Jeter Hrubala, CFP®, will join the board and Dr. Frank Lee and John Ramsey, who served on the Board previously, will return.

“We are excited to welcome Ms. Hrubala and welcome back Dr. Lee and Mr. Ramsey to the Board of Trustees,” said John Moore, chairman of the board. “We are all committed to making SMC the best College possible, and these members will bring great perspective to doing just that.”

SMC Trustees serve a three-year term beginning on July 1. The new and returning members will join the Board for the next meeting in October.

“Our board provides outstanding direction and support for everything we do here at SMC, and we are privileged to have such dedicated members,” said SMC President Scott Cochran. “To have two members return to new terms just shows how much they want to see the College and our students succeed.”

Hrubala is the president and owner of Jeter Hrubala Wealth Strategies, a wealth management company with offices in Spartanburg and Isle of Palms, SC. She is a certified financial planner and was named to Forbes’ 2024 Top Best-In-State Women Wealth Advisors and their 2024 Best-In-State Wealth Management Teams. Before beginning her own firm, she built a successful wealth management career at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. Hrubala graduated with honors with a BA in business/economics and French from Wofford College and earned her Master of International Business from the University of South Carolina. In addition to the SMC Board of Trustees, Hrubala also serves on several community boards and organizations.

Dr. Frank Lee is a retired pediatrician who spent 35 years treating patients in private practice and in hospitals. He also provided teaching and mentoring for students in several disciplines and levels of clinical medicine. In addition, Dr. Lee spent 20 years as an educational lecturer on advances in infant nutrition and childhood development. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Clemson University and his Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Lee is an active member and treasurer at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, and serves on the state advisory board for Audubon South Carolina. He has strong family connections to SMC and previously served on the board from 2011 – 2023.

John Ramsey is the CEO of Darlington Veneer Company, a leader in wood products in the southeast. He has served on numerous boards and commissions in his hometown area of Darlington and across the Carolinas. He is the chair of the Darlington County Airport Commission and a member of the Charleston-Southern Board of Visitors and Genesis HealthCare, Inc. board of directors. Previously he served on the board for McLeod Hospital, South Carolina Electric & Gas Regional, and Bank of American Regional; as well as the Florence Chamber of Commerce, Darlington County Ambulance Commission, and the McLeod Foundation. Ramsey previously served on the SMC Board of Trustees from 2010 – 2022.

The Conference also renewed Trustees Charlita Moss, Phil Buchheit, Marilyn Murphy, and Harriet Rucker for another term.

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