Coker College’s singular ambition, Redefining Ready, was not intended as an institutional mission. Rather, it was something of a personal mantra for chapter one. It crystalized my work when, just after the college’s 100th anniversary, the Board of Trustees voted to appoint me, an accountant and business school dean, as the school’s 16th president.
Despite the good effort of loyal alumni, faculty and staff, a decade or more of economic decline in South Carolina before I arrived had taken a heavy toll. Enrollment had dipped below 600. Faculty had been asked to teach heavier loads without additional pay. Our athletic teams slumped. Over time, our once-elegant campus, with its wonderful Georgian-style architecture and impeccable landscaping, ...Continue Reading Share