Richard P. Coe hired as AVP of Academic Affairs

Monday, October 9, 2006

Orangeburg, S.C – SC State recently hired Dr. Richard P. Coe as the associate vice president of academic affairs.

Coe received both his bachelors and masters degrees in Industrial Education from the College of New Jersey and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Educational/Vocational Administration with a minor in Labor Relations.

As the associate vice president, Coe will be responsible for strategic and tactical planning; workflow analyses; change management; technology analyses; human resource allocation analyses; and budget management.

“Coe brings to SC State an optimum blend of academic knowledge and corporate experience,” said Dr. Jo-Ann Rolle, vice president of academic affairs. “I am confident that Dr. Coe’s abilities and experience will allow us to continue to structure a curriculum that prepares our students for the changing dynamics of the workplace,” Rolle added.

He has divided his professional career between professor/administrator roles in higher education and managerial positions in corporate America. Prior to being hired as associate vice president of the Division of Academic Affairs at SC State, he served as associate dean for business in the School of Business and Technology at Excelsior College,
and vice president of human resource development for Columbia Technology Associates in Richland, Wa.

“I am excited about being a part of the SC State community. This institution produces competent professionals in every field,” said Coe. “And, because of my technical background in the nuclear industry, I look forward to seeing the continued growth of the nuclear engineering program. With the pending construction of new nuclear facilities throughout
the southeast, our students are in a good place to guide the industry in the coming years and decades.”

Coe’s previous roles in higher education, include stints as a business studies professor at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Sacred Heart University and the University of Pittsburgh. He continues to serve as distinguished visiting professor and docent to the Obninsk State University for Nuclear Power Engineering in the Russian Federation. “Also with my corporate background and business teaching experience I look forward to working with our AACSB accredited business program and the SC State MBA program.”

An accomplished, hands-on human resource development professional, Coe’s corporate experience includes executive leadership and management roles with several companies, including GPU Nuclear in Parsippany, N.J., where he served as Director of Training and Education and successfully launched and led a marketing division that sells nuclear-related services to utilities and government facilities.

He has also served as a consultant to commercial, government and public educational agencies on HR training and educational development strategies. He has served as senior U.S. consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s missions to the Slovak Republic, Spain, Japan, Korea and the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Coe is an internationally published author and co-author of several training, management, policy and research-focused journal articles in publications including The Nuclear Professional Journal, Nuclear News, Nuclear Plant Journal and Nuclear Risk Management.