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When I became president in May 2007, I pledged to begin a process in which we could collectively explore and define our future. We have now developed the 2008-2013 Strategic Plan for Coastal Carolina University. The plan, entitled "Tradition, Integrity, Excellence: Building a Comprehensive University," will guide us in our decision making over the next five years.

Thanks to the involvement of students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and community members, we have moved forward with a revised mission statement for Coastal Carolina University, which was adopted by Coastal Carolina University’s Board of Trustees on December 14, 2007, and which received final approval by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education on January 8, 2008. You may view the new mission statement at

The broad and representative Strategic Planning Steering Committee, whose charge was to chart a bold future for Coastal Carolina University, worked hard to refine our mission, establish our priorities, and create a process to link our strategic direction to budgeting and continual outcome-based assessment. The process continues to be one that is transparent and open, and inclusive of all university stakeholders, including students, alumni, faculty and staff, board members and donors, as well as the broad community. The committee identified a number of critical priorities that will help us deliver on the new mission and vision, which are shown in the image below. A number of task forces were established to guide this process, with more than 100 people involved. The resulting document reflects the combined insight of a variety of our constituency groups. I thank each of you for your contributions to the process, and welcome your engagement and feedback in the implementation of the new strategic plan. The 2008-2013 strategic plan is available here.

Thank you for helping to craft this important and exciting chapter in the history of Coastal Carolina University, a place of proud tradition, integrity and excellence.

David A. DeCenzo
Coastal Carolina University



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