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CCU Women

March is Women’s History Month, and Coastal Carolina University’s history is rich with strong and impactful women who have helped build this University from the ground up. To recognize and honor their contributions to this institution, region and state, we will highlight some of these women throughout the month of March! 

Sherri Restauri

Sherri Restauri

Sherri Restauri, senior executive director of digital and online learning for the Coastal Office of Online Learning (COOL) at Coastal Carolina University, was recently awarded the Gomory-Mayadas Leadership Award in Online Education by the Online Learning Consortium. The award honors outstanding individuals who exemplify the leadership and ideals of Ralph Gomory and A. Frank Mayadas, pioneers in digital learning for higher education.
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Pamela Martin, Ph.D.

Pamela Martin, Ph.D.

Pamela Martin, Ph.D., professor of politics and international relations at Coastal Carolina University, has been named the second Distinguished Honors Faculty Fellow of the HTC Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. In this role, she will develop innovative new interdisciplinary courses, create honors initiatives, offer students unique honors experiences, and participate in and cultivate the growth of the Honors College.
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Holley Tankersley, Ph.D.

Holley Tankersley, Ph.D.

Holley Tankersley, Ph.D., has been named dean of the newly formed Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences at Coastal Carolina University, effective July 1, 2021. She most recently served the University as associate provost of strategic initiatives and faculty development. Tankersley will replace Ed Jadallah, who has served as dean of the Spadoni College since 2011. He has been named dean of the College of Education at California State University, Monterey Bay, effective July 1, 2021.
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Diane Fabiano Sanders

Diane Fabiano Sanders

Diane Fabiano Sanders, a 2005 graduate of Coastal Carolina University, has been named vice president for advancement and alumni engagement at the University, according to CCU President Michael T. Benson. Sanders, a member of the President’s Cabinet, previously served as the interim vice president since June 2021.
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The Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Program at Coastal Carolina University is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of gender and its intersections with other identity markers such as sexuality, race, class, nationality, and ability/ disability as economic, political, and cultural constructs. It celebrates diversity, acknowledges women’s accomplishments, conditions, and contributions, and highlights the ideologies implicit in women’s places in societies both in the U.S. and internationally.


March 1, 5:30-7:30pm
Screening of Belly of the Beast

A documentary on the forced sterilization of incarcerated women, followed by a Q&A with a film participant.
Co-sponsored with Department of Politics and Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services
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March 2, 9am-12pm
International Women’s Day Celebration

(Prince Lawn)

March 17, 5-6:30pm
Keynote Address by Vietnamese-Canadian author Kim Thúy

"Retelling Refugee Stories: Beauty and invisible strength of women in diaspora (co-sponsored with Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies and the Department of English) (Wall 116)

March 24, 6pm
Women's History Month Trivia Night

Come out to win CINO cash, Coastal swag, and more! (LJSU A201)
We'll have pizza and desserts for you!

March 23-28
What Were You Wearing?

Exhibit: Take a look at a powerful exhibit educating viewers about sexual violence (LJSU Rotunda)

March 30, 3-5pm
Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

Participate in this interactive virtual workshop to learn about the gender wage gap and practice your salary negotiation skills

March 31, 5:30pm
Women in Sustainability

Highlighting women fighting to protect our environment and communities across SC. Featuring women in conservation, environmental activism, and those leading the environmental justice movement. Snacks will be provided! (Alford Ballroom)



First female faculty member

Hired in 1954. Margaret K. Woodhouse Ph.D., taught history and English. She earned $4,500 for the 1954-1955 academic year.


First women's group

The first women’s group on campus was the Anchor Club, started in 1957.


First librarian

Catherine H. Lewis built the library collection in 1958.


First female graduates

Emmaline Burroughs Cannon and Sara Lynn Singleton. The first CCU commencement was held in May of 1959.


First female four-year graduate

Joann Wiegand.


First black female four-year graduates

Linda Bratcher and Pat Singleton.


First female Vice President

Sally Horner.


Women's Studies established

The Women's Studies (later renamed Women's and Gender Studies) minor was officially created in 2002. The first directors of the program were Nelljean Rice and Preston McKever Floyd.


First CCU Olympian

In 2008, Amber Campbell became the CCU's first Olympian, competing in the hammer throw. She has since competed in the 2012 and 2016 Games. Her highest finish was sixth in 2016.


First African-American Female Dean

Dr. Dianne Mark is hired as Dean of the Spadoni College of Education. 


B.A./B.S. in WGS Established

Board of Trustees approves a B.A./B.S. in Women’s and Gender Studies.