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About University Counsel

Meet the University Counsel staff at CCU

University Counsel Timothy Meacham photo‌Timothy E. Meacham, JD

University Counsel
Singleton Building 110  |  843-349-2876  |

Timothy E. Meacham of Georgetown has been University counsel at Coastal Carolina University since July 2009. His duties include review of contracts and legal advice in such areas as human resources, student affairs and student conduct, as well as providing counsel to University President David DeCenzo.

Meacham has worked as a prosecutor, a trial attorney in general practice, a municipal attorney and as manager of a legal services agency. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and is a member of the Horry County Fee Resolution Panel. He has also served as a teaching associate in Coastal Carolina University's Department of Politics since 2004 and was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2005. Meacham served as president of the University's Alumni Association in 1997-1998.

As an undergraduate student, he was president of Student Government Association and editor of The Chanticleer student newspaper. He was elected to Coastal Carolina University's chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society and received the outstanding student award in the Department of Politics.

Katherine Brooks imageKatherine Brooks, JD

FOIA Officer, Associate University Counsel
Singleton Building 109  |  843-349-2628  |

Katherine Brooks serves as associate University counsel, a position she has held since November 2016. In addition, she serves as the University's FOIA officer, directing all Freedom of Information Act requests. Brooks is responsible for contract management, including the implementation of a new electronic contract management system. She worked in University Counsel in the areas of risk management and contract management in 2015-2016. In addition, she served as a compliance intern at CCU in the summer of 2014.

Brooks is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). She earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and sociology from the University of South Carolina in 2012, and her juris doctor from Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015, where she served as editor-in-chief of The Federal Courts Law Review.

Kathy Watts imageKathy Watts

Administrative Coordinator
Singleton Building 112  |  843-349-4101  |

Kathy Watts serves as administrative coordinator for the Office of University Counsel. She has been employed by Coastal Carolina University since 1987. In addition to her current position, which she has held since 2004, she has served in several capacities at the University, including administrative coordinator for the executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Melissa JarrardMelissa Jarrard

Singleton Building 110  |  843-349-3449  |

Melissa Jarrard serves as paralegal for the Office of University Counsel. She is responsible for contract management, assisting in the implementation of the electronic contract management system, and helping to maintain FOIA requests. Jarrard earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Coastal Carolina University, and earned a degree in paralegal/legal assistant programs from Horry-Georgetown Technical College. Prior to her position at CCU she served the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office as a paralegal and victim's advocate for over 15 years. She is a member of Higher Education Legal Managers.