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About Terri DeCenzo

Terri DeCenzo photographTerri DeCenzo serves as the executive director of Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University. Her energetic leadership of the organization has been instrumental in expanding scholarship opportunities, building membership throughout the community, and in engaging women leaders in business, politics and education to speak and inspire women in the University community.

‌She is the wife of Coastal Carolina University President David A. DeCenzo. When he joined the University in 2002, she became passionately involved with the life of the University. She has taken an active role in issues relating to student government, NCAA athletics, Greek life, and women’s resources, among others. She initiated and led the University’s relief effort for Shelter Haiti, a community-wide effort to help build and ship modular homes to earthquake victims in Haiti.

She has been selected as a Vision 2020 Ambassador to participate in a national project of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine. Vision 2020 seeks to promote women’s leadership and gender equality by uniting women across disciplines to begin a national dialogue and propose an action agenda to effect positive change.

DeCenzo serves on boards for the Georgetown Hospital System Foundation, the Coastal South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Clara Barton Society. She is a founding board member of myTerms, a new non-profit organization based in Pawleys Island that seeks to enlighten, inspire and empower girls of all ages through healthy self-image and identity development. She serves on the Health Advisory Committee for the American Association for State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), is an adviser to the Safe Families Initiative’s efforts to establish a Family Justice Center in Georgetown County, and chairs the Horry County Promise Committee for Susan G. Komen Foundation. She also served as a co-chair for the 2010 Horry County March of Dimes March for Babies.

A graduate of St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing and Towson University, she has spent most of her nursing career practicing in critical care.

The DeCenzos have four children: Mark, Meredith, Gabriella and Natalie.