CCU president elected to board of Sea Grant Consortium

  • Saturday, January 4, 2014

David DeCenzo

David A. DeCenzo, Ph.D., president of Coastal Carolina University, has been re-elected as chair of South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium’s Board of Directors. DeCenzo will begin his one-year term on Jan. 1. “I look forward to serving another term as chairman of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium,” said DeCenzo. “The consortium’s work is important to our state, and it is a pleasure to work with such an impressive board and outstanding staff.”

DeCenzo, a native of Maryland, is the second president of Coastal Carolina University (CCU). Prior to his appointment as president, DeCenzo served as dean of CCU’s E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration from 2002-2006 and was named provost of the university from 2006-2007. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Master of Business Administration program in 2006.

DeCenzo attended the University of Maryland at College Park, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics (1978). He also earned a Master of Arts degree with an emphasis on labor economics (1980) and a Ph.D. in industrial relations (1981), both from West Virginia University. He then became a corporate trainer/employee development specialist with Blue Cross Blue Shield, an assistant professor at the University of Baltimore and a professor, scholar and administrator at Towson University in Baltimore. DeCenzo’s teaching and research interests have focused on management, human resource management and organizational behavior. He is the author or co-author of nearly 30 textbooks that are used widely at colleges and universities.

“I look forward to working with Dr. DeCenzo again this year in his role as board chairman,” said Rick DeVoe, executive director of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium. “His leadership has been instrumental to the Consortium as it seeks to build on successes in serving the information needs of various stakeholders who depend on the coastal and marine resources of South Carolina.”

The consortium’s board of directors is composed of the chief executive officers of its member institutions. Currently serving on the board are: Dr. David A. DeCenzo, president of Coastal Carolina University (board chair); James F. Barker, president of Clemson University; Dr. P. George Benson, president of College of Charleston; Dr. Mark S. Sothmann, interim president of Medical University of South Carolina; Col. Alvin A. Taylor, executive director of S.C. Department of Natural Resources; Thomas J. Elzey, president of S.C. State University; Lt. General John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel; and Dr. Harris Pastides, president of University of South Carolina.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, a university-based state agency, seeks to enhance the practical use and conservation of South Carolina’s coastal and marine resources to foster a sustainable economy and environment. The consortium is a member of the nationwide network of 33 Sea Grant Programs that are sanctioned through the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program, U.S. Department of Commerce. For more information, visit www.scseagrant.org.

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