Life Sciences Leader Spotlight

A person holding a fish on a beach.


Stephen Cutler
Vice President for Economic Development and Dean of the College of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina

What is your personal mission?

My personal mission is focused on mentoring, teaching, and developing other individuals to reach their fullest potential while making a positive impact on the organization. I use my personal mission to empower individuals to pursue their passions and achieve their aspirations. My mission reflects a personal desire to cultivate the professional potential of other individuals and create a legacy of positive impact by creating a cycle of continuous growth and development.

Get to know Stephen Cutler

Favorite Place

Saltwater fishing from any beach

Favorite Quote

“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” – Ronald Reagan

Favorite Movie or Show

The Food Network – Guy Fieri and Bobby Flay

Career Aspiration as a Child

A wide-receiver in the National Football League


Tifton, Georgia


What is your philosophy on leadership? 

I’m a servant leader and derive great pleasure in serving the needs of other members of the team. By focusing on the needs of others, I can provide the necessary support for them to excel in creating a productive environment that thrives.


Facts about your company

The University of South Carolina’s college experience has been sought by students, faculty, staff and academic researchers for more than 200 years. Founded in 1801, the university is located in Columbia, the capital of South Carolina. The university has eight campuses in 20 locations that together serve more than 52,000 students each year.


Tell us about your role in SC’s Life Sciences Ecosystem…

The University of South Carolina benefits tremendously from SC’s Life Sciences Ecosystem since many of our graduates serve as part of the workforce pipeline for the life science companies.


Tell us what value and benefits your organization is receiving through membership in SCbio…

By serving as a Board member of SCbio, I’m able to interact with people who hire graduates from the University of South Carolina. This has helped us shape the educational needs of our graduates so that they are better prepared to enter the workforce in South Carolina.


What are you focused on in the next year?

In my new added role as the Vice President for Economic Development, I’ll be able to work closer with the Vice President for Research and our academic deans to accelerate the relationship between SCbio and the University of South Carolina.

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Tamia Sumpter

Tamia is a driven senior undergraduate Bioengineering student currently enrolled at Clemson University. With a strong foundation in her field, she has honed her skills through hands-on experience in research and development at Eli Lilly & Company. During her time in the ADME department, Tamia contributed significantly by working on siRNAs and their applications in finding In Vitro-In Vivo Correlation (IVIVC). Looking ahead, Tamia has set her sights on a promising career in law. She aspires to specialize in Intellectual Property Law, with a particular focus on serving as in-house counsel for leading medical device or pharmaceutical companies. Her enthusiasm for this role is palpable as she prepares to embark on her legal journey! She is also a proud member of the Omicron Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., PEER Mentor for Clemson PEER/WiSE, and currently serves as the President of Clemson Bioengineering Organization (CBO). With her unique blend of scientific knowledge and legal interests, Tamia is poised to make a meaningful impact in the healthcare and life sciences industries.