Clemson professor appointed to South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health board of directors
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health recently appointed Clemson University faculty member Windsor Westbrook Sherrill to its board of directors. She is the first Clemson faculty member to serve on the institute’s board of directors. Sherrill serves as associate vice president for health research at Clemson, professor in Clemson’s public health sciences department and chief science officer at Greenville Health System.
The institute’s mission is to collectively inform policy to improve health and health care, and it serves as an informed, neutral, non-partisan convener and provider of evidence-based information relevant to policy decisions and other actions impacting the health and well-being of South Carolinians. Sherrill said she looks forward to being an engaged participant in this process.
“I admire the commitment from organizations and individuals from across the state who serve on this board and I am honored to join its ranks,” Sherrill said. “The board has always served South Carolina first and organizations second, which is admirable and necessary to make a real difference.”
Sherrill said one of the primary focus areas for the board is health workforce development. The board partners with the South Carolina Hospital Association and other entities in the state to look closely at health workforce priorities and opportunities.
Two other significant areas of focus for the institute are behavioral health and long term care. The board has established a strategic agenda to address priority areas related to improving care and outcomes for residents faced with behavioral and mental health issues. The group is also developing a strategic direction to meet the future needs of a large aging population in South Carolina.
Sherrill said she looks forward to adding Clemson’s expertise to these specific conversations and any others where health research and population health are topics. Sherrill said she is pleased to represent not only Clemson University but its many ongoing research collaborations with health delivery systems.
“I hope that my appointment will give both Clemson University and Greenville Health System a voice in conversations related to policy that will impact health delivery and education in the state,” Sherrill said. “I look forward to serving on the board and the opportunity to profile our excellent health related initiatives to a statewide audience.”
According to Ronald Gimbel, chair of Clemson’s public health sciences department, Sherrill’s appointment to the board is an impressive achievement for more than just the department.
“This is a very prestigious opportunity for Windsor and our department is proud of her achievement,” Gimbel said, “but the excellent work I know Windsor will do in this role will also raise the profile of our college and university.”
Sherrill serves on the South Carolina Workforce Development Board and the board of overseers for the Health Innovators Forum of the Aspen Institute. She has received the National Scholars Program Award of Distinction and the Clemson University Class of 1939 Award. She is also a South Carolina Liberty Fellow.
Sherrill’s research spans diverse health disciplines, including medical and health management education, health finance and policy. She has led or collaborated on research initiatives garnering more than $6 million in external funding and resulting in numerous refereed publications, book chapters and scholarly presentations.
Sherrill earned her Ph.D. in health policy from Brandeis University. She earned a master’s degree in health and business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University.