Terri DeCenzo serves as the executive director of Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University. She is married to 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, and Greek life, among others. Her energetic leadership has been instrumental in expanding membership throughout the community and in bringing highly successful women leaders in business, politics and education to campus to speak and inspire women in the university community. She initiated and led the university's relief effort for Shelter Haiti, a community-wide volunteer project to build and ship 1,001 prefabricated homes to Haitian families.
As executive director of WIPL, she has led the efforts toward attaining an endowed scholarship fund in excess of $100,000 in addition to securing scholarships for Coastal Carolina University students to attend the prestigious Washington Internship Institute and study Global Women's Leadership Development, among others. The annual Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women has become WIPL's signature event, attracting and honoring women from across the state and the nation.
She actively participates on numerous boards, including: the Foundation for Georgetown Hospital System, Health Advisory Committee for AASCU, American Red Cross and Clara Barton Society, Horry County March of Dimes March for Babies (2010 co-chair), and is an adviser to the Safe Families Initiative's efforts to establish a Family Justice Center in Georgetown County.
A graduate of St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing and Towson University, she has spent most of her career practicing in critical care.
The DeCenzos have four children: Mark, Meredith, Gabriella and Natalie.