Coastal Carolina University has announced new hires, new positions and organizational changes in the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Student Affairs.
David Roper, a former South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) officer, has been named interim chief of Public Safety.
As a lieutenant with SLED, Roper supervised approximately 40 agents involved in the investigation of major crimes in the state including public corruption, narcotics operations, gangs and homicides. Prior to SLED, he was chief deputy in the Horry County Sheriff's Office for three years, and he also worked as a detective for the Horry County Police Department.
Roper earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of South Carolina.
Greg Weisner, the former director of Public Safety for the past three years, has been named assistant director of Judicial Affairs and Off Campus Student Services at the University. Weisner has 15 years of experience in higher education. At Spartanburg Methodist College (SMC), he served as chief of campus safety, coordinator of student activities and director of residence life. In those positions, he facilitated judicial cases and developed programs for students and student organizations.
Weisner earned a bachelor's degree in human services from Gardner-Webb University and an associate's degree in criminal justice from SMC.
Travis Overton is the new director of Judicial Affairs and Off Campus Student Services. He was previously coordinator of Greek Life on campus and served as a judicial hearing officer in the Office of the Dean of Students. In this position, he developed new policies to address academic enhancement, risk management and organizational accountability.
Prior to coming to Coastal Carolina University, Overton worked at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) in Residence Life, Greek Life, Student Activities and Admissions. He earned a bachelor's degree in general management and human resources management and an MBA from UTC.
Overton and Weisner will manage the student judicial process and increase student awareness of the Code of Student Conduct. In addition, they will oversee the first ever Off Campus Student Services office, where they will develop programs and support services for students who live off campus.