Clemson alumnus Rick Foster strives to help others pursue health care careers

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Clemson alumnus Rick Foster frequently returns to the University to mentor students or speak to classes.Image Credit: Clemson University Relations
Distance doesn’t separate alumnus Dr. Rick Foster from his Clemson University family. Though he lives on Wadmalaw Island, Foster has remained connected to the university and has been active within the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences and the Department of Public Health Sciences for years.
From Tiger Band, where he played trombone and served as band commander, to his passion for health- care, his collegiate experience inspired him to support students who are interested in the health care profession through scholarships and mentoring.
“It’s one of the best ways I can give back, and see the university become stronger and be an anchor in training students from all backgrounds in the health care professions,” Foster said. “Our university can be a shining example of equity, diversity and inclusion built on Clemson’s family approach to learning, training and professional growth.”
Foster, a 1976 graduate, holds a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine from Clemson and a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Throughout his career, he’s worked in health care across the state as a family physician, chief executive of officer of a physician practice network, as well as Chief Medical Officer for a hospital system in Charleston.
Now he is the senior advisor for population health improvement for the South Carolina Hospital Association, where he’s worked for 11 years with all of the hospitals in South Carolina. He also serves as executive director of the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina, a coalition of almost 60 organizations committed to improving the health of everyone who lives in the Palmetto state.

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