Coastal Carolina University President Ronald R. Ingle has
elected to the 77-member Commission on Colleges of the regional
accrediting association, the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools. The Commission accredits approximately 780 colleges and
universities throughout the southeastern region of the United States
and in Latin America.
Commissioners are charged with preparing a statement of standards
for institutional membership, recommending membership dues assessments,
conducting reviews and taking final action on the accreditation of
collegiate institutions, reviewing reports from appointed study
committees, and overseeing the work of the Commission's administrative
Accreditation is a non-governmental and voluntary process
concerned with improving educational quality and assuring the public
that member institutions meet established standards.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is one of six
regional accrediting organizations in the United States. Its membership
consists of more than 12,000 accredited public and private institutions
from university level down to prekindergarten level. Founded in 1895
and headquartered in Decatur, Ga., the Southern Association works with
schools and colleges in 11 Southern states from Virginia through Texas,
in Mexico, the Caribbean, and in Central and South America.
Ingle has served as Coastal's president since 1993, when the
institution became an independent public university. He joined Coastal
in 1988 as vice chancellor of academic affairs.
Before coming to Coastal, Ingle held faculty and administrative
positions at the University of South Carolina, The Ohio State
University, Kennesaw College and South Georgia College.
A native of Moncks Corner, S.C., Ingle earned a bachelor's degree
in English from Wofford College, a master's degree in higher education
administration from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in psychology
from The Ohio State University.