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Three college deans appointed at CCU

April 5, 2022
Erika Engel Small, Ph.D., dean of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business AdministrationChad Leverette, Ph.D., dean of the Gupta College of ScienceColleen McGlone, Ph.D., interim dean of the pending College of Health and Human Performance

Three college deans have been appointed at Coastal Carolina University, according to University Provost Daniel Ennis, Ph.D. They include Erika Engel Small, Ph.D., dean of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration; Chad Leverette, Ph.D., dean of the Gupta College of Science; and Colleen McGlone, Ph.D., interim dean of the pending College of Health and Human Performance.

Small, who joined the CCU faculty in 2007, assumed her new title on April 1, 2022, after serving as the Wall College of Business’ interim dean since July 2020. She previously was the chair of the college’s Department of Management and Decision Sciences for seven years.

“Dean Small did an exceptional job leading the Wall College through the pandemic, and, even as an interim, it was clear she had the vision and leadership skills we were seeking as we educate future business leaders,” said Ennis. “We are fortunate she is willing to build on her already impressive record of success at Coastal Carolina University.”

Small has served on the boards of the Management Education and Development Division of the Academy of Management and the Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (MOBTS). She was a recipient of the MOBTS Mid-Career Distinguished Educator Award in 2017 and the Wall College’s Colonel Lindsey H. Vereen Business Professorship in 2014.

Small graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Louisiana State University and earned a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Tennessee.

“I am fortunate to have spent the last 15 years of my career in the Wall College of Business; it has been my academic home,” said Small. “Because of that, I know firsthand the phenomenal talent and expertise that exist in our faculty, staff, and students, and it is a great honor to continue to work with them in this role. The environment I want to continue to build in the Wall College is one where relationships are built through unique applied learning experiences and maintained long after students leave the college. One of the ways we can do that is by providing experiential curricular and co-curricular programs, which develop and validate transferable skillsets that are valued by employers.”

Leverette will join the CCU community July 1, 2022. He is the dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering and a Carolina Trustees Professor of chemistry at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Prior to his service as dean, Leverette was chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics and director of sponsored research, as well the assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs. He was named the 2010 South Carolina Governor’s Professor of the Year by the S.C. Commission on Higher Education. Prior to his arrival at USC Aiken, Leverette was a senior research scientist at Cargill, the world’s largest food/agricultural company.

“Dean Leverette brings a wide range of valuable experience to the Gupta College,” said Ennis. “His combination of industry and academic experience, as well as his ability to establish and grow a new program makes him a welcome addition to the academic leadership of this institution.”

Leverette earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Erskine College and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Georgia.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Coastal Carolina family,” said Leverette. “It is known that CCU is a great institution, and the Gupta College of Science is extremely strong. The Gupta College offers current and distinctive academic programs and has committed faculty who are dedicated to engaging teaching and learning. The college also provides its students with excellent opportunities in undergraduate and graduate research, internships, and capstone experiences, all of which are recognized as national high-impact practices. Based on this, I firmly believe that the Gupta College of Science is positioned for even greater things and can become the STEM leader in the state and region while growing its national reputation. I cannot wait to begin this important work alongside the great faculty and staff of the college.”

CCU’s pending College of Health and Human Performance will include the following academic disciplines: public heath, nursing, health administration, exercise and sport science, recreation and sport management, and sport management (master’s degree).

McGlone’s appointment is effective July 1, 2022, which is when the college will begin operations. She is a professor of recreation and sport management, director of the sport management graduate program, and has served as department chair as well as the academic director of CCU’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Prior to her academic career, she served in the U.S. Navy and was a research coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“We are so pleased to have a leader with the vision and experience of Dr. McGlone,” Ennis said. “This new college will benefit from her broad experience in the areas of health and human performance that are of increasing importance to our region.”

McGlone earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, master’s degrees in exercise science and sport administration, and a Ph.D. in sport management from the University of New Mexico.

“I am extremely honored to have this opportunity and look forward to this exciting new chapter in the CCU story,” said McGlone. “I am excited to work with the energetic and enthusiastic faculty, staff, and students that comprise the new college. The launch of this new college will create innovative and integrated learning environments as well as provide new teaching and research opportunities. Additionally, this new endeavor will add to CCU’s commitment to work with our community and create partnerships that can lead to multigenerational impacts in the region. The new college illustrates the University’s dedication to the importance of health and human performance education.”