Respected community leader J. Edward Norris III elected chairman of the Tidelands Health board
A retired banking executive and Murrells Inlet resident has been elected chairman of the Tidelands Health board of trustees.
J. Edward Norris III, who had served as vice chairman, was unanimously elected to the chairmanship at the volunteer board’s Oct. 18 meeting. He succeeds H. McRoy Skipper Jr., CPA, who, along with his wife, Jo, was tragically killed in a vehicle accident in August.
Andrews resident Daniel “Dan” Scheffing, senior project manager and chief forester at Sabine & Waters Inc., was unanimously elected vice chairman.
“Our not-for-profit health system is a precious resource for everyone who calls the Tidelands region home,” Norris said. “I am honored and humbled to lead the Tidelands Health board of trustees, and I will do my best to live up to the standard of excellence set by McRoy Skipper.
“The men and women who volunteer to serve on our board of trustees take our responsibility as health care stewards seriously. We are committed to our health system’s vision to be our region’s first choice for health and wellness.”
Before his retirement, Norris served as chairman, president and CEO of Plantation Financial Corp. for 25 years. He also served as a director and held leadership positions with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and America’s Community Bankers. During his career, he was actively involved in the American Bankers Association and the South Carolina Bankers Association.
He is a member of the American Hospital Association’s regional policy board and previously served as a trustee for the South Carolina Hospital Association.
Norris has been a member of the Tidelands Health board of trustees since 2002. He has also provided volunteer leadership for multiple educational institutions, serving as a member of Clemson University’s board of visitors, Charleston Southern University’s board of visitors, vice chairman of the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Foundation and a board member for the Wall College of Business at Coastal Carolina University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Clemson University and completed graduate work in banking and management.
Scheffing, who joined the Tidelands Health board in 2011, is a member of the Andrews Lions Club, the Andrews Fire Department, the South Carolina Maritime Museum and the Association of Consulting Foresters. He is chairman of the South Carolina Society of American Foresters and a board member of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation. He serves as an elder and treasurer at Andrews Presbyterian Church.
He was the Georgetown County ambassador for economic development in 2002. Scheffing earned his bachelor’s degree in forest management from the University of Missouri.
“My service on the Tidelands Health board is an opportunity to support the dedicated employee, physician and volunteer partners who deliver quality, compassionate care at our health system’s more than 50 locations,” Scheffing said. “In my role as vice chairman of the board, I, like all of our board members, will always put the needs of our patients and our community first.”