Dennis G. Wiseman, dean of Coastal Carolina University's
of Education, has been appointed a special assistant to Coastal
President Ronald R. Ingle for K-12 collaboration. He has also been
named an associate provost, responsible for supervising Coastal's
Wiseman will assume his new duties at the beginning of the fall
2000 semester. Gilbert Hunt, professor of education at Coastal, will
serve as interim dean of the College of Education.
Wiseman's primary responsibility will be to assist Ingle in
setting an institutional agenda outlining the university's commitment
to improve K-12 education in South Carolina.
"Advancing the quality of our teachers and the quality of our
public schools isn't just the responsibility of Coastal's College of
Education faculty - it's an institutional responsibility," said Ingle.
"Dennis Wiseman has an excellent record in establishing results-
oriented partnerships linking the university and the public schools. In
his new position he will recommend areas of cooperation and
collaboration which will place Coastal at the forefront of state
universities dedicated to helping South Carolina provide the best
possible education for its students, from kindergarten through the
Wiseman will also advise the university regarding graduate
studies. Coastal offers graduate programs in education as well as
several cooperative graduate degrees with other universities in South
Carolina. "While Coastal is primarily an undergraduate institution, we
recognize our responsibility to the region we serve to provide
opportunities for postgraduate education," said John Idoux, provost and
vice president of Academic Affairs at Coastal.
Wiseman, who joined the Coastal faculty in 1974, earned a
bachelor's degree from the University of Indianapolis and a master's
degree and Ph.D from the University of Illinois. He has served as dean
of Coastal's College of Education since 1982. Wiseman has received
Coastal's Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award, coauthored two books
and numerous journal articles on education, and has served on many
education task forces, panels and committees at the state and national
Hunt, chair of Coastal's Professional Program in Teacher
Education, joined the Coastal faculty in 1975. He earned a bachelor's
degree from Campbell University and a master's degree and a Ph.D. from
the University of North Carolina.