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Meet the Deans and Directors

Dr. Nelljean M. Rice
Dean, University College
Kearns 102

Ph.D., University of South Carolina
M.F.A., University of Arkansas
M.A., Eastern Washington State
B.A., Beloit College


Dr. Rice, the Dean of University College, has taught at Coastal since 1988. Her areas of specialty include Children's and Young Adult literature, British and American poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Asian Literature in Translation, and First Year Writing classes. Additionally, Dr. Rice helped establish the minor in Women's and Gender Studies, of which she was the program director until 2005.

Dr. Rice's monograph, A New Matrix for Modernism: A Study of the Lives and Poetry of Charlotte Mew and Anna Wickham, was published by Routledge in 2003.

Dr. Michael Ruse
Associate Dean and Director, Honors Program
Kearns 116A



Agatha O’Brien-Gayes
Director, Academic Advising
Kearns 213

M.A., Webster University
B.A., Marymount College

 Agatha O’Brien-Gayes

Mrs. O'Brien-Gayes started at Coastal Carolina University in 1989 as adjunct faculty in the Wall School of Business teaching Introduction to Business, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior and Fundamentals of Management. She was also the Director of the Marine Science for Junior Scholars Program from 1990 to 1992. Prior to turning her career to academics, she had nine years of managerial experience in a fortune five hundred company where she started as an executive trainee and worked her way up the corporate ladder in numerous executive positions.


Brianne Parker
Director, Learning Assistance Centers
Kearns Hall 211 D

M.A., Appalachian State University
B.A., Appalachian State University

 Brianne Parker

Ms. Parker joined the Learning Assistance Centers staff as the director in January 2009. She began her career at Coastal Carolina University as a first-year academic advisor in education and mathematics in June 2006 after working for three years at Appalachian State University with University Tutorial Services. Since joining the University community, Brianne has been involved in teaching UNIV 110: First-Year Experience and the development of UNIV 105: Academic Improvement hour for students in academic trouble. She received her master’s degree in College Student Development in 2004 and her undergraduate degree in Management with a minor in International Business in 2001 from Appalachian State University.

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