Welcome New Commissioners

Victor P. Austin Jr., ’90, is founder and president of Palmetto Home Care Upstate, LLC. He previously served two full terms, from 2012-2018, as vice president of the USC Upstate Foundation board of directors. A native of Greenville, Austin has also been on the advisory board of the Urban League of the Upstate, the USC Upstate Alumni Association board of directors, the executive board of the Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America and The American Heart Association board.

Renee Dean, ’03, is director of nursing for Spartanburg Regional’s surgical intensive care division. She has spent three decades in her field, and has 14 years of experience in critical care. Dean is a former Nurse of the Year for the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and has served on several hospital and system-wide committees. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing.

Johnny Lee is the manager of White’s Pine Street Exxon, where he has worked for 40 years. He and his wife, Laurie, started the Josh Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2015 and the annual Josh Lee Memorial 5K in memory of their son, a USC Upstate student and a track and field athlete.