Dr. Darris Means is highly committed to post-secondary education and Clemson University. He graduated from Elon University in 2005 with his Bachelor of Arts in political science and sociology, and graduated from Clemson in 2007 with his Master of Education degree in Counselor Education with a concentration in Student Affairs. Following that, he received his PhD from North Carolina State University in Educational Research and Policy Analysis with concentration in higher education.
He then went to work with the Elon Academy, a university based college access and success program at Elon University for high school students with a financial need and no family history of college. He helped gain a 100% rate of the students in the program being accepted and enrolled in college. He is now an assistant professor at the University of Georgia in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services and College Student Affairs Administration Program. He has received numerous awards over the years including Clemson University’s Outstanding Alumni for the Master of Education/Student Affairs Program. He currently serves Clemson on the Higher Education/Student Affairs advisory board.