Faculty and alumni on the move

September 11, 2019

Class of ’75 alumnus retires after 17 years at the college

Terry McGill

After a 17-year tenure at the college, Ted McGill, D.M.D., has retired. His tireless dedication to the school, first in the Department of Stomatology and then in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation, was celebrated at a retirement party over the summer. The dean, faculty members, and staff are grateful for McGill’s many years of selfless service to our college and wish him a joyful retirement with his family.

Class of ’85 alumnus joins college

Douglas J. Alterman 

Douglas J. Alterman, D.M.D., Class of ’85, is the college’s new dental faculty practice director with an appointment in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation, Division of Restorative Dentistry. After graduation, he completed a general practice residency with the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. After the Navy, Alterman returned to Charleston to start his private practice. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He has served as the president of the South Carolina Board of Dentistry.

Class of ’11 alumnus joins orthodontics department

Alexander Culp 

Alexander Culp, D.M.D., Class of ’11, orthodontics residency ’19, is now a part-time clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthodontics. Culp recently graduated from our residency program and is in private practice in Charlotte, North Carolina and Rock Hill, South Carolina. In addition to his orthodontic specialty certification, he is a board-certified pediatric dentist. 

Pediatric dentistry department welcomes new member

Deirdre Williams 

The college welcomes Deirdre Williams, D.D.S., as a full-time faculty member of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Williams joins the college from her private practice in Conway, South Carolina. A diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, she has also served as a board examiner on the S.C. Board of Dentistry and as a mentor for more than 10 years with state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). 

Williams is an alumnus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry. She served four years active duty in the U.S. Navy followed by four years in the Navy Reserves where she reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Williams earned a Master of Science in Dentistry with a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at the College of Dentistry at Howard University. From 1991 to 1999, Williams was a full-time faculty member in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia, where she also served as program director of the Pediatric Dentistry Program.


From assistant professor to associate professor

  • John Comisi, D.D.S., assistant professor, Department of Oral Rehabilitation.
  • M. Kinon Lecholop, D.M.D., assistant professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Renata Leite, D.D.S., assistant professor, Department of Stomatology.
  • Mark Ludlow, D.M.D., assistant professor, Department of Oral Rehabilitation.

 From associate professor to professor

  • Martin Steed, D.D.S., associate professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Hai Yao, Ph.D., Department of Oral Health Sciences.