John Idoux, provost and vice president for academic affairs
Coastal Carolina University since 1994, has accepted a position with
the Tarleton State University System in Texas, effective August 1. He
will remain at Coastal through July.
Idoux was named Coastal's first provost in July 1994, following
the university's independence from the University of South Carolina in
"John Idoux has been instrumental in building the academic
reputation of Coastal Carolina University," said Coastal President
Ronald R. Ingle. "His commitment to scholarship and teaching has
garnered national recognition for Coastal. He had a leading role in
securing a National Science Foundation grant in 1998 which recognized
our integration of teaching and research and placed Coastal among some
of the elite institutions of the nation."
During Idoux's tenure at Coastal, the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of
Business Administration earned accreditation from AACSB International-
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only the top
25 percent of the more than 1,200 colleges and universities in the
nation offering business degrees earn AACSB accreditation. In 1998, the
College of Education earned accreditation from the National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and in May the Department of
Art earned accreditation from the National Association of Schools of
Art and Design. Since 1993, the average SAT score for entering freshmen
at Coastal has improved to exceed the national average.
Coastal offers baccalaureate degree programs in 40 fields,
master's degrees in education and five cooperative programs with other
South Carolina colleges and universities. New programs were recently
added in Spanish and music, and several more are being considered.
International exchange programs have expanded to reach institutions in
Spain, Germany, Australia, India, England, Sweden and Austria.
According to Ingle, a national search for a new provost will begin
in the early fall. A search committee of faculty and administrators
representing all academic areas of the university will be named in the
The provost is the chief academic officer of the university and
reports to the president.
Idoux will be the executive director for Tarleton-Central Texas,
an extension of Tarleton State University, which has been a member of
the Texas A&M University System since 1917. A Houston native, Idoux
earned a Ph.D. and a master's degree, both in chemistry, from Texas A&M