Coastal Carolina University has named Ralph Byington as its provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs, according to CCU President David DeCenzo.
Byington has been interim provost since June. He has been with CCU since 2010 and was dean of the university’s Wall College of Business Administration and oversaw the launch of a Master of Accountancy program, four new undergraduate concentrations in the management program and a state-of-the-art investments lab.
As provost, Byington is responsible for all functions involving academic and student affairs, including all instructional and research activities. All five of CCU’s academic colleges report to the provost, as well as other departments, including Kimbel Library, Career Services, the Registrar’s office, Student Affairs, International Programs and Services, and the Honors Program.
“I look forward to a long and exciting association with Dr. Byington as he leads this extremely important division on our campus,” DeCenzo said. “He understands Coastal Carolina’s academic mission and has the ability, experience and perspective to lead the institution to new achievements in student scholarship, faculty research and community service.”
Byington has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, a doctorate in accounting from the University of Arkansas and is a certified public accountant. He has been dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of South Carolina-Aiken and interim dean, associate dean and founding director of the School of Accountancy at Georgia Southern University. He also was director of the Office of Internal Audit at the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as chief fiscal officer for the Mississippi Governor’s Office for Federal Programs.
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