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CCU President DeCenzo re-elected as board chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

January 6, 2014

David A. DeCenzo, Ph.D., president of Coastal Carolina University, has been re-elected as chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s Board of Directors. DeCenzo began 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 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.”