CSI Board of Directors

The CSI Board of Directors consists of professionals with strong backgrounds in coastal issues; including research, development, outreach, education, and policies that affect coastal communities. The Board promotes UNC’s mission in helping it serve the people of North Carolina at a high level of excellence in every area of endeavor of the Coastal Studies Institute.

The Coastal Studies Institute Board of Directors meets twice annually to discuss the projects and progress of the Coastal Studies Institute.

Board Members

Mr. G. Irvin Aldridge – Attorney at Law (retired)

Mr. Orion Rolf Blizzard, III – CSI Board Chair, Turnpike Properties

Mr. Malcom Fearing – Business Owner


Mr. Steve Keen – Adair, LLC

Mr. S. Paul O’Neal – Towne Insurance

Mr. James Rispoli – Professor of Practice, NCSU Center for Nuclear Energy Facilities & Structures

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Reide Corbett – Dean & Executive Director, Integrated Coastal Programs, Coastal Studies Institute

Dr. Christopher Finelli – Professor and Dean of the Graduate School, UNC Wilmington

Dr. Grant Hayes – Acting Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, ECU

Dr. Ron Mitchelson – Interim Chancellor, ECU

Mr. Wally Overman – Dare County Commissioners

Dr. Margery Overton – Vice Provost for Academic Strategy, NCSU


Dr. Kuldeep Rawat – Thorpe Endowed Professor and Dean, School of Science, Aviation, Health, and Technology, ECSU

Dr. Harvey Seim – Professor, Department of Marine Science, UNC Chapel Hill

Dr. Kimberly van Noort – Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Academic Officer, UNC Systems Office

Dr. Michael Van Scott – Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Economic Development, & Engagement, ECU

Meeting Minutes

June 19


May 13

Led by East Carolina University (ECU), The Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University.


Based at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) advances inter-disciplinary marine energy solutions across UNC System partner colleges of engineering at NC State University, UNC Charlotte, and NC A&T University.


ECU’s Integrated Coastal Programs (ECU ICP) is a leader in coastal and marine research, education, and engagement.   ECU ICP includes the Coastal Studies Institute, ECU’s Department of Coastal Studies, and ECU Diving and Water Safety.


The faculty and staff at the Coastal Studies Institute come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, as well as departments and organizations including ECU Department of Biology, ECU Department of Coastal Studies, NC Sea Grant, the North Carolina Renewable Energy Program, and the UNC Institute for the Environment.


Tour the ECU Outer Banks Campus and learn about the research, education, and engagement projects of CSI and ECU Integrated Coastal Programs through our 360 virtual tour.


The ECU Outer Banks campus is home to the Coastal Studies Institute.
Located on Roanoke Island along the banks of the second largest estuary
in the United States, this coastal campus spans 213 acres of marshes, scrub wetlands, forested wetlands, and estuarine ecosystems.




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The Coastal Studies Institute
850 NC 345
Wanchese, NC 27981



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