Monday, March 9, 2009

Announcement of new Coker College president

James Jolly -- who is in charge of the communication and marketing at Coker sent an email announcement about the identity of the new Coker president earlier this afternoon (3-9-09). Here is a short clip from the announcement. Dr. Wyatt was well received by all facets of the Coker community when he visited the campus several days ago.

Coker College Names New President

Hartsville, S.C. — The Board of Trustees of Coker College has named Robert L. Wyatt, Ph.D., the 16th president of the college. Wyatt is currently Dean of the Breech School of Business Administration at Drury University in Springfield, Mo. He succeeds B. James Dawson, Ed.D., who is retiring in June after serving seven years as president.
“Dr. Wyatt is exceptionally qualified to be the next president of Coker College,” said Charles Sullivan, chair of the college’s board of trustees. “His background and career achievements make him the ideal choice to lead Coker to even greater success as the college begins its second century of excellence in higher education.”
Wyatt began directing the daily operations of the business school at Drury, a mid-sized university of 5,500 students, including 1,600 undergraduates, in 2001. Among his accomplishments Wyatt launched the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, reaffirmed accreditation by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, and successfully revised the curriculum with a focus on international study and internships. Wyatt also secured approval for Drury’s plan to earn accreditation next year from the Association to Advance College Schools of Business. Business administration is the largest undergraduate major at Drury.

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