Morris Blachman

BlachmanInstructor and Clinical Professor in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, and Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education and Faculty Development in the University of South Carolina School of Medicine

 Dr. Morris J. Blachman has been a Management Consultant for over thirty years. He brings an unusual perspective to the management consultant field. As a trained political scientist, he understands the pervasiveness of power and politics in all organizations. He helps his clients use their power productively to resolve major organizational, policy and personnel issues.

 Dr. Blachman has extensive experience assisting clients in their strategic management and planning efforts. He helps them assess their strengths and weaknesses, and design solutions to their problems. He has designed and conducted numerous workshops and training programs on management, leadership development and on competing effectively in the market place. He also provides consulting services on policy and business strategy and has given numerous talks on the impact of political and economic trends on American business and politics.

 Dr. Blachman has served as Acting Coordinator for Executive Development at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, was Co-Director of the Leadership South Carolina Program and designed the Executive Leadership Institute for the USC School of Medicine. Dr. Blachman was a principal participant in developing and conducting the nation's first Minority Professional Development Program. He appreciates America’s cultural diversity and understands how to deal with those issues diversity gives rise to in our organizations and workplace. He assists his clients in generating consensus development; in building coalitions among diverse groups; and in the design of appropriate sensitivity training.

 Dr. Blachman has developed considerable expertise in strategic planning and management; board development; conflict resolution; organizational development; and in how to deal effectively with politics in the workplace. He has worked on these and other issues with a wide range of clients in the not-for-profit, for-profit and governmental sectors. He was the principal consultant for the S.C. State Health Improvement Plan’s strategic planning process and with the PACE Project (Promoting Accountability - Committed to Effectiveness), working with S.C. health and human service agencies. In addition, he has been the principal consultant in forging several major public-private partnerships and alliances in South Carolina.

 Dr. Blachman's clients have included: Catholic Relief Services; Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State; National Rural Electric Cooperative Association; Electric Cooperatives of SC; FOMENTO, Office of Economic Development of Puerto Rico; National Democratic Institute for International Affairs; United Way of S.C.; SC Hospital Association; Duke Endowment; Municipal Association of S.C.; USC School of Medicine; Richland Memorial Hospital; Graduate Medical Education Program of Richland Memorial Hospital; Kershaw County Medical Center; Department of Family and Preventive Medicine of Richland Memorial Hospital and the USC School of Medicine; Richland Memorial and Palmetto Health Foundations; Palmetto Health Board of Directors; South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control; Bryan Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center; Carolina Health Choice Network; Richland-Lexington Airport Commission; Carolina Cardiac Surgery Associates; Messerman & Messerman Co., L.P.A.; Cleveland Bar Association; Rogers, Townsend & Thomas, PC; Lourie's, Inc.; Wholesale Electronics; Baker & Baker; L. B. Wannamaker Seed Co.; Southern Bell; Bob Capes Realty; Daniel Management Center, USC; GHK International; Handpicked; Alliance for South Carolina’s Children; Children’s Chance; Acercamiento Hispano; LRADAC; 301 Behavioral Health Systems; Springwood Lake Family Practice; Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Abuse Agency; Palmetto MobileNet; SCANPO, Chester Telephone Company; Midlands Business Leadership Group; Business Carolina, Inc.; Community Bankshares, Inc.; City Council of Columbia, S.C.; West Carolina Telephone Cooperative; SPIRIT Telecom; GTS Associates, Inc.; USC Moore School of Business, Camden First Community Development Corporation; and Trinity Housing Corporation.

 Dr. Blachman earned his BA from Brandeis University, his MA in International Studies from the University of South Carolina, and his PHD in Political Science from New York University. Dr. Blachman currently holds the positions of Clinical Professor in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, and Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education and Faculty Development in the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For twenty-three years Dr. Blachman taught in the University of South Carolina's Department of Government and International Studies, specializing in Latin America and United States foreign policy. He was Senior Research Associate of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies of the Graduate School of the City University of New York, and has also taught at New York University, the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, and the Instituto Universitario de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 Dr. Blachman’s publications include academic articles and books as well as numerous Op-Ed pieces in major American newspapers. His most recent book was Drug War Politics: The Price of Denial. In addition, he has appeared on more than 150 television and radio interview shows. Dr. Blachman served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, including a tour in Vietnam for which he was awarded the Bronze Star.

 Dr. Blachman is deeply involved in community service and activities. He serves on the Columbia Area Mental Health Center Board; led the effort to address homelessness in the Midlands of South Carolina which resulted in a community-wide, broadly endorsed, 10 year plan: “Blueprint to Address Homelessness”; and works with a number of other community NPOs. Dr. Blachman’s service has been recognized within the University and in the community. He was the recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award,” Columbia Jewish Federation (2000); the “Dean’s Distinguished Service Award,” USC School of Medicine (2003); and in 2008, he was the recipient of the “Alyce Kemp DeWitt Award,” the United Way of the Midlands most prestigious award for long-term service to the organization and community.

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