The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Ben Leader, of Charlotte, as one of the 2016 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.
Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.
Leader received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Clemson in 2010 and his law degree from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in 2013. In law school, he was named a Webster’s Research Scholar and clerked for Chief Judge John C. Martin of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
After law school, Leader served as a law clerk for the Judge John C. Hayes III of 16th Judicial Circuit of South Carolina. Since September 2014, Leader has worked for the Elrod Pope Law Firm as an associate attorney. He is a member of the York County Bar, the North Carolina Association for Justice, the South Carolina Association for Justice and the South Carolina Injured Workers’ Advocates organizations.
Leader is a member of the Rotary Club of Rock Hill, where he serves on the administration committee. He also presents annual distracted driving presentations to local high school students in and around York County, and works to raise money for the Harper Gault Annual Scholarship. He currently serves on the executive board for the York County Clemson Club.
The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.