Dr. Crystal Rae Coel (pronounced like Noel but with a “C”) is the Director of Speech and Debate in the Organizational Communication Department within the College of Business at Murray State University. She has been at Murray State for over 17 years. She enjoys serving as the Head of Elizabeth College, which is one of the eight residential colleges made up of students, staff and faculty members. She is the first African American head of a residential college at Murray State. In 2012, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear appointed her to a four year term on the Public Advocacy Commission that oversees the public defender system.
She has appeared in Who’s Who in Education and Who’s Who in American Law. Her expertise is in public speaking, debate, mediation, broadcast performance, team communication and leadership. She’s a licensed Pennsylvania attorney, certified mediator, and the owner of C-R-C Consulting, LLC. She is also the author of THE Presentation Guide Book: From the Classroom to the Boardroom with Kendall Hunt Publishing.
Dr. Coel is from suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media and Journalism from Hampton University in Virginia, her Master of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in public address, from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Southern University Law Center. She has taught in London, England, Dublin, Ireland, at the University of Wisconsin and at the Community College of Philadelphia. She has trained post-doc fellows at the National Taiwan University’s Intel-NTU Center. She is a member of several professional communication and legal organizations and she has received awards for forensics and teaching excellence. Her article Campaign 2008: The Legal and Ethical Considerations of Rhetorical Posturing and Media Strategies appears in the fall 2007 Kentucky Journal of Communication. She loves God as the Trinity, her family members, her friends and her students.