Development - Support Coker College

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The Advancement Team’s Development Philosophy includes four steps: advocate, engage, support and impact. Taken together, these concepts can help the College gather the necessary support to redefine the student educational experience at Coker, partially by enhancing campus facilities and incorporating more hands-on learning opportunities in diverse forms at all stages of the academic career. Through philanthropic support, the College is able to realize the potential for significant institutional growth.



The leadership support of donors has enabled Coker College's enduring success as a private liberal arts college.

The spirit of generosity began with college founder Major James Lide Coker, who laid the solid foundation upon which the College still rests. The Major donated the land which is now Coker's campus and he provided the funds to construct the first two residence halls and the building now known as Davidson Hall. He also established the College's original endowment, which he later enlarged through a bequest upon his death.

The support of the Major's descendants, members of the general public, and college trustees, alumni, faculty and staff plays a vital role in protecting and promoting the welfare of Coker College.

Coker College's Development Office is responsible for building, expanding and maintaining relationships that benefit the College; increasing assets of the institution to ensure its future fiscal strength; and securing resources for the Annual Scholarship Fund and other yearly budgeted programs.


Coker College is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution. Your gift is tax deductible.



Dee Pierce
Manager of Resource Development

Peggy Smith
Advancement Officer

Barb Steadman
Secretary of the College

Megan Wainwright
Administrative Assistant

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Fax: 843.383.8197

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1.800.65.COKER or 843.383.8014
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300 East College Ave.
Hartsville, SC 29550