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Meet Your Admissions Counselor

Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards is committed to assisting you in this process.  We offer guided tours, special Saturday visitation programs and the chance to meet one-on-one with an Admissions counselor—it's all part of our personal touch.  Do not hesitate to contact any staff member with your Admissions questions and concerns at 843-349-2170 or 800-277-7000 or admissions@coastal.edu.  Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  If you would like, you may book a virtual appointment with one of our counselors.

Freshman Admissions Counselors

King Brown 250 X 250 VariantKing Brown, CCU Class of 2019

Title:  Admissions Counselor

Phone:  843-349-6663

Email:  kebrown5@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshmen students - (South Carolina counties:  Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter), Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Educational Background:  B.A. in Communication


William Clark 250 X 250 VariantWilliam Clark, CCU Class of 2016

Title:  Admissions Counselor

Phone:  843-349-6436

Email:  wbclark@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshmen students - (South Carolina counties:  Chesterfield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Richland), Virginia. 

Educational Background:  B.A. in Communication 


Ashley Cohen 250 X 250 variantAshley Cohen

Title:  Associate Director of Admissions Events

Phone:  843-349-6450

Email:  acohen@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshmen students - (South Carolina counties:  Abbeville, Anderson), North Carolina.

Educational Background:  B.A. in Theatre Arts, M.S. in Education in Educational Leadership 


Derek DossDerek Doss, CCU class of 2008

Title:  Associate Director of Admissions Recruitment

Phone:  843-349-2022

Email:  dldoss@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshmen students - (South Carolina counties: Horry).

Educational Background:  B.S. in Business Administration, M.Ed. in Higher Education 


‌New Counselor Coming Soon

Phone:  843-349-2170

Email:  admissions@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshmen students - (South Carolina counties:  Cherokee, Chester, Lancaster, Union, York), Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.


Ana Maria Lavado, CCU Class of 2013

Title:  Admissions Counselor, High Ability Recruitment

Phone:  843-349-5074

Email:  alavado@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshmen students - (South Carolina counties:  Georgetown, Williamsburg), Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont.

Educational Background: Honors B.A. in English, M.A. in Medieval Studies


‌New Counselor Coming Soon

Title:  Admissions & Community Outreach Coordinator

Phone:  843-349-2170

Email:  admissions@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshmen students - (South Carolina counties:  Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper), Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland.


Benjamin RutherfordBenjamin Rutherford, CCU Class of 2017

Title:  Assistant Director of Admissions Recruitment

Phone:  843-349-2272

Email:  barutherf@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshmen students - (South Carolina counties:  Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg), New York.

Educational background: B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Communication, Psychology and Sociology 


‌New Counselor Coming soon

Phone:  843-349-2170

Email:  admissions@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshmen students - (South Carolina counties:  Laurens, Newberry), Pennsylvania.


Will Wright smallWill Wright

Title:  Assistant Director of Admissions for Events

Phone:  843-349-4075

Email:  wwright@coastal.edu

Territory:  Freshmen students - (South Carolina counties:  Aiken, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Saluda), New Jersey.

Educational Background: B.A. in Communication, M.S. in Management and Leadership


‌Dallina Vera, CCU Class of 2018

Title:  Admissions & Community Outreach Coordinator

Phone:  843-349-2376

Email:  dfvera@coastal.edu

Territory:  Local community events

Educational Background: B.A. in Political Science, Minor - Communication


‌New Admissions & Outreach Coordinator Coming soon

Phone:  843-349-2170

Email:  admissions@coastal.edu

Territory:  Local community events


Transfer Admissions Counselors

Leslie Barrett Brown‌Leslie Barrett Brown

Title:  Associate Director of Transfer and Non-Traditional Admission

Phone:  843-349-4129

Email:  lbarrett@coastal.edu

Educational Background:  B.S. in Organizational Leadership, Management, and Development, M.A. in Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration

Territory:  Transfer and Second-Degree seeking students with last names beginning with A - E.


Shay Godwin, CCU Class of 2012

Title:  Admissions Counselor

Phone:  843-349-2216

Email:  sbgodwin@coastal.edu

Territory:  Transfer and Second-Degree seeking students with last names beginning with F - O, Readmit and Readmit Transfer students, Non-Degree students, Veterans, and Online Marketing and Online Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management programs..

Educational Background:  B.A. in History with a minor in Religious Studies, M.A. in Theological Studies 


Jena RanzoJena Ranzo, CCU Class of 2017

Title:  Senior Transfer Counselor

Phone:  843-349-2370

Email:  jmranzo@coastal.edu

Territory:  Transfer and Second-Degree seeking students with last names beginning with P - Z, Transfer Bridge students, and Health Administration and Nursing Completion programs.

Educational background: B.A. in Sociology, M.A. in Organizational Communication 


‌International Students

Phone:  843-349-2521

Email:  internationaladmissions@coastal.edu


For questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 843-349-2170 or 800-277-7000 to speak with an Admissions counselor.