Edgar "Eddie" Dyer
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
The Coastal Carolina University Board of Trustees named Edgar "Eddie" Dyer executive vice president, effective July 1, 2007. In 2010, he was named executive vice president/chief operating officer. Dyer has been a member of the University's political science faculty since 1976 and has held many key administrative positions at the University including university counsel (1993-2009), interim director of athletics, interim dean of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, vice president of university relations and executive director of the Coastal Educational Foundation.
He was the first recipient of the HTC Teacher-Scholar Lecturer Award and has also received the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Student Development Award, and he is an honorary inductee of the CCU Athletic Hall of Fame and a faculty inductee of Omicron Delta Kappa. In 2010, he was awarded the state's Palmetto Patriot Award for community service.
He has a variety of scholarly publications in the areas of land use law, state and local government, academic freedom, and African-American history.
He has taken an active part in civic affairs, from chairing the local Grass Roots Initiative for Planning and Progress in the 1990s to his current service on the Horry County Planning Commission. Dyer also serves as chairman of the RIDE III Committee, a group appointed by Horry County Council to prioritize roads projects for a pending 2016 RIDE III referendum. He currently serves on the board of Horry County United Way.
Dyer earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Guilford College, a master's degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina and a juris doctor degree from the University of South Carolina.
Dyer will retire in July 2015.
Kathy Watts serves as the administrative coordinator to the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer as well as for the Office of University Counsel. She has been employed by Coastal Carolina University since 1987. In addition to her current position, which she has held since 2004, she has served in several capacities in the Division of Student Affairs.