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From President David A. DeCenzo

The importance of integrity in all that we do – especially as leaders, educators and in all supporting roles throughout Coastal Carolina University – has been a message I have delivered since I became president in 2007. Integrity traverses the professional realm and, ideally, is entrenched in our character and our personal credo. Every so often, a situation presents itself that reaffirms the significance and impact of a selfless act done for a greater purpose. 

A telephone call that came to my office provided a moment of connectedness between a stranger and Coastal Carolina University and underscored the power of the goodness in people around us.

The caller said he had found a personal item that he hoped to return to its owner, but he was having some difficulty in his quest. He had discovered that the owner was deceased; he also discovered that a building on this campus – Bill Baxley Hall – had been named in his honor. With a bit of hesitancy on my part due to the non-specificity of an unnamed “personal item” and the mention of my close friend and mentor, the conversation continued following a seemingly long pause from both ends of the telephone.  

Read the full story: Col. Baxley's class ring makes its way back to CCU

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