From the President
What an amazing time to be a Coastal Carolina University Chanticleer! As I approach my one-year anniversary at CCU, I am reminded daily of the remarkable beauty of our campus. There is nothing better than strolling through Prince Lawn or Blanton Park and visiting with our students, faculty, staff, and visitors – alumni, prospective students and their families, and community members.
I want to thank our board of trustees, President Emeritus David A. DeCenzo, our faculty and staff, and all the others who helped build CCU into the institution we enjoy today. It is through their commitment and hard work that the University is consistently ranked as a Best Value School in the South by U.S. News & World Report. This year, we moved up to No. 5 in the rankings, which is to be celebrated.
Reflecting on 2021, I must acknowledge the collective effort of our students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. From flexibility in classroom teaching/learning, to wearing masks indoors, and participating in our Vax to the Max incentives programs, I truly appreciate everyone’s commitment to keeping our campus as healthy and safe as possible.
And, I would be remiss not to recognize the heart and soul that Dave and Terri DeCenzo poured into this University for nearly 14 years. As you read about them on the following pages, you will no doubt see the immeasurable impact they made on this institution. Please join me in thanking them for their time, dedication, and leadership.
The University is very excited to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts; and the new era of the Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences is underway.
There is so much to be excited about at CCU, both academically and athletically. The success of the Chanticleer football team continues to bring the University unprecedented national exposure; and the energy in Brooks Stadium throughout the season has been phenomenal.
The forward trajectory of the University will take a tremendous amount of financial resources. I am excited to partner with CCU alumnae Diane Fabiano Sanders ’05 and Kelly Moore ’05, who are leading our academic and athletic fundraising, respectively. Please reach out to one of us to support the area that most interests you. Your commitment will ensure a strong future for the University and its students.
My wife, Debi, and I, along with our children, are thrilled to be members of Teal Nation. You are sure to see us at any number of campus events. I look forward to meeting many of you on campus and at our regional alumni events as we celebrate all things CCU.
Michael T. Benson,