KELLEY WITHDRAWS AS WALL COLLEGE OF BUSINESS DEAN
Kelley indicated that due to personal problems he felt it was not appropriate for him to make such a career move at this time. Kelley also said it was a difficult decision due to his favorable impressions of Coastal faculty, staff, other administrators and board members and their commitment to the institution.
"They are as fine a group of quality-oriented, motivated, student- focused individuals as I have ever had the pleasure of meeting," Kelley said. "However, I also realized that if personal issues diverted too much of my time and energy, I might not be as effective a leader as they expect and deserve. Coastal Carolina is an outstanding university with an increasing potential to add value to the Myrtle Beach and South Carolina economy in a substantial way," he said.
Robert Nale will continue to serve as interim dean until a permanent dean is in place. Nale was named interim dean in November 2000 when former dean Peter Barr, who served as dean of the college since 1992, accepted a position in the private sector.
"Appointing a strong leader for the Wall College of Business is an institutional priority at this time," said Coastal President Ronald R. Ingle. The search for a new dean will continue.