The governing body of Coastal Carolina University is the Board of Trustees, which by statute is responsible for overseeing the effective governance of the University. The 17-person Board of Trustees is elected by the South Carolina State General Assembly with the exception of two seats appointed by the Governor of South Carolina. The University administration formally meets with the Board of Trustees on a quarterly basis with additional meetings as needed to discuss special circumstances.
Coastal Carolina University employs a leadership and management structure headed by the University President. Each core division of the University is led by a vice president reporting to the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer or by a vice president or a dean reporting to the Provost – Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.
The Executive Staff is a non-voting group of senior-level administrators of the University that serves in an advisory role to the President. Generally, the Executive Staff meets every two weeks to discuss University progress and projects.