Dufford Named RMC Trustee of the Year


The Regional Medical Center (RMC) Board of Trustees has named Milton W. Dufford of Cameron as Trustee of the Year for outstanding service and devotion to making the Regional Medical Center better every day. 

“Mr. Dufford is a dedicated board member who has consistently demonstrated his commitment to improving the lives of others,” said RMC President and CEO Charles Williams, FACHE. “RMC is grateful for his service and contributions.” 

Appointed to the RMC Board of Trustees in 2004, the retired Calhoun County native is an active member of the Calhoun County Players Board and currently serves as chairman of the Cameron Community Development Corporation.

Dufford also teaches Sunday school at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Cameron. Dufford has enjoyed a long and distinguished career, retiring in 2000 with 31 years of exemplary service at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). 

After earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Newberry College and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, Dufford joined the South Carolina Highway Department (SCHD) as a computer programmer in 1962. He rose quickly through the organization’s information services ranks until joining the faculty of Greenville Technical College in 1966. 

Dufford returned to the SCHD in 1970 as a data processing administrator and in 1985 became the Director of Administration. In 1988, he assumed the position of Director of the South Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV), where he led the organization through a period of sweeping reorganization, while at the same time ensuring the motoring public was not inconvenienced by the widespread administrative changes. Dufford finished his career as Commissioner of the Georgia DMV in 2000. 

Being named RMC’s Trustee of the Year is not the first time Dufford has been honored for his service in vital leadership capacities. During his DMV career, he was appointed to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Board of Directors and served as Finance Committee Chair and Vice Chairman of the Board for AAMVAnet, the organization’s telecommunications network. In May 2000, the AAMVA honored Dufford with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Two years later, Governor Mark Sanford appointed him to the DMV Task Force. 

Dufford and his wife, Esther Houck Dufford, reside in Cameron, S.C. The couple has three children, Christie Dufford Unthank of West Columbia, S.C.; Nancy Dufford Sumner ofAnderson, S.C.; and Phil Dufford of Charleston, S.C.

About the Regional Medical Center

Owned by Orangeburg and Calhoun counties, the Regional Medical Center (RMC) health system includes a 286-bed, acute-care hospital certified by The Joint Commission and 24 primary care and specialty care practices. RMC has advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and is designated as a Level III Trauma Center by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

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