South Carolina native Lori Anne Carr is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award.

Lori Anne Carr ’90, M‘92

Lori Anne Carr graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education in 1990 and with a Masters of Education in administration and supervision in 1992.

In 1999 Carr joined her husband, Chalmers, in launching Titan Farms, the largest peach

South Carolina native Lori Anne Carr is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows on former Clemson Tigers.

South Carolina native Lori Anne Carr is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows on former Clemson Tigers.

grower on the east coast, with over 6,200 acres of peaches in production. Throughout her career, Carr has remained connected to her “other home,” Clemson University. She has volunteered on the Clemson University Board of Visitors and the Clemson University Foundation Board, serving as a member of the Development, Finance, Nominations and Policy & Constitution committees.

Carr is the vice president and administrative manager of Titan Farms and the owner and president of Palmetto Processing Solutions. She dedicates her time to speaking to classes at Clemson and hosting farm tours for students, faculty, staff and administrators. Her passion for agriculture lead her to chair the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences’ Will to Lead Campaign Board, to develop the Chalmers Carr III ’90 and Lori Anne Carr ‘90 Creative Inquiry Endowment and to serve as the voice for Clemson at the South Carolina statehouse in Columbia. The Carr Family Lounge in the WestZone at Memorial Stadium is named in the Carr family’s honor.

Carr has served her local community as well serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Old 96 Tourism Commission, as a board member of the Palmetto Agribusiness Council, Midlands Area BB&T Advisory Board, and the Migrant and Seasonal Farmer Worker Commission, and through sponsorship of Edgefield County’s annual Relay for Life. She is a member of the South Carolina Advocates for Agriculture and previously served on the Farm to Institution Advisory Council.

A Top Producer of the Year award winner and Florida Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmer and Rancher award winner, Carr also received the 1st Annual Bayer CropScience Produce Innovation Award – presented to a leader in the produce industry whose thinking, practices and use of technology enhance the role of produce in creating better lives. Her dedication to advancing agriculture through research and innovation has lead Carr to not only impact the field of agriculture, but has offered numerous opportunities to Clemson and its students to impact the world.

The Carrs live in Ridge Spring, South Carolina and have two children, Chalmers IV and Carly Anne.

Watch the Distinguished Service Awards Tribute Video for Lori Anne Carr.

Watch the Distinguished Service Awards Tribute Video for Lori Anne Carr.

Sumter native and long-time educator Titus Duren is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award.

Titus Duren ‘71

Titus Duren was born in Sumter, South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Political Science in 1971. Following his time at Clemson, Duren received a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina (’78) and completed 30 hours above his master’s degree with an emphasis in education administration at South Carolina State University.

Duren was one of the first African American students to attend Clemson after

Sumter native and long-time educator Titus Duren is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows on former Clemson Tigers.

Sumter native and long-time educator Titus Duren is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows on former Clemson Tigers.

desegregation and while attending, he was a founding member of the Student League for Black Identity (SLBI). After graduation, Duren helped found the Clemson Black Alumni Council; served on the both the Harvey B. Gantt Scholarship Committee and the 50th Anniversary of the Integration Planning Committee; was a speaker for the Call Me MiSTER Summer Institute; and is a Clemson University Legislative Advocate. Duren is also a long-time supporter of IPTAY and Clemson Athletics and played an integral role in establishing and annually awarding a scholarship to an African American Clemson student from Columbia, South Carolina.

A former principal at Edisto High School, Lower Richland High School and Hunter Kinard Tyler High School, Duren spent more than 40 years as a professional educator and administrator. Since his retirement, Duren has dedicated his experience in the development and implementation of sound educational systems and effective administration and teaching to assist schools in improving their school report cards and testing scores through his consulting firm, Titus Duren Educational Consulting. In addition to his impact on education in South Carolina, Duren was a beloved football, basketball and track coach and mentor to many of his students.

In 2001, Duren was selected as the 4A Principal of the Year by the South Carolina High School League and is recognized as an innovator in education, speaking occasionally at the Summer Institute for School Leaders, the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators and school districts throughout South Carolina.

Duren has served his local community and South Carolina through the Columbia Chamber of Commerce East Columbia Area Council, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Advisory Committee, the South Carolina Education Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (member and former state president) and the Ten Tear Evaluation Team of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Duren lives in Eastover, South Carolina, with his wife, Beverly. The Durens have four children, Nycole Waters, Tobias Tubbs, Saudah Collins and Tahirah Spann.

Watch the Distinguished Service Awards Tribute Video for Titus Duren.

Watch the Distinguished Service Awards Tribute Video for Titus Duren.

Ft. Motte, South Carolina native and World War II veteran James T. McCabe is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award.

James T. McCabe

Jim McCabe was born and raised in Ft. Motte, South Carolina. He entered Clemson as an engineering student in 1943. After several semesters, he withdrew as a student and answered the call to serve his country in World War II. After serving in the United States Navy in the South Pacific, McCabe returned home to St. Matthews, where he worked for the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). He later began a very successful career in asphalt sales with Standard Oil which later became Esso – known today as ExxonMobil. Upon retirement, McCabe spent an additional 10 years in the asphalt business working with SEACO Asphalt in Columbia, expanding their operation from four asphalt tankers to more than 100.

Although he never graduated from Clemson, McCabe and his wife, Barbara, have been

Ft. Motte, South Carolina native and World War II veteran James T. McCabe is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows on former Clemson Tigers.

Ft. Motte, South Carolina native and World War II veteran James T. McCabe is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows on former Clemson Tigers.

avid supporters of academics, athletics and the arts at the university for many years. In 1999, McCabe honored the memory of his friend, Joe “Bogie” Bryant, a former Clemson football player, with a $100,000 endowment to IPTAY. In 2011, he sponsored the naming of the baseball locker room at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in honor of his long-time friend and former Clemson baseball coach, Jack Leggett HA’17. During his professional career, McCabe coordinated and secured $500,000 worth of asphalt for the parking lots in and around Memorial Stadium and was responsible for extending the runway at Oconee County Airport so the Clemson University plane could land and take-off from Seneca instead of the Anderson County Airport.

In 2007, the McCabes established the Brian J. O’Rourke ’83 Unrestricted Endowment for the Performing Arts, and in 2012, they established the Ann Harvin Hunter (’80, M’82) Leadership Endowment for the Clemson Alumni Association. McCabe has been a member of IPTAY for more than 65 years and is a significant benefactor and member of the John C. Calhoun Cumulative Gifts Society.

The McCabes are Friends of the Brooks Center for Performing Arts, Friends of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, members of the Calhoun Lecture Series and remain very active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Clemson Cotillion, the Anderson Touchdown Club, the Huguenot Society of South Carolina and the South Carolina Historical Society.

The McCabes live in Clemson and have one son, James T. McCabe Jr.

Watch the Distinguished Service Awards Tribute Video for James T. McCabe.

Watch the Distinguished Service Awards Tribute Video for James T. McCabe.

Clemson University Board of Trustees member John N. McCarter Jr. is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award.

John N. McCarter, Jr ‘80

John Nichols McCarter Jr. was born in Clover, South Carolina and came to Clemson in 1973 as a walk-on linebacker on the Clemson Tigers football team. Although his time on the football team was cut short, he remained involved in the football program and developed integral relationships that would impact his future career.

In 1980, he graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in

Clemson University Board of Trustees member John N. McCarter Jr. is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows on former Clemson Tigers.

Clemson University Board of Trustees member John N. McCarter Jr. is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows on former Clemson Tigers.

administrative management and was recruited by a former teammate to begin his professional career with Defender Services, a provider of professional services for industrial and manufacturing facilities, commercial and retail businesses, educational institutions, and health care facilities. For more than 35 years, McCarter has remained with the company in various roles, and today is the president and CEO of Defender Services, Inc.

McCarter was elected to the Clemson University Board of Trustees by the General Assembly in 2008 and was reelected in 2010, 2014 and again in 2018. Since his initial election, McCarter has served as Vice Chair for the Board of Trustees and during his tenure on the board, he has served on the following committees, chairing several of them: Agriculture and Natural Resources; Executive and Audit; Finance and Facilities; Institutional Advancement; and Student Affairs. He has also served on the university’s Board of Visitors, the Alumni Board of Directors, the IPTAY Board and the Clemson University Professional Development and Continuing Education Board.

McCarter’s ability to build relationships on behalf of Clemson University with the General Assembly has proven to be a valuable asset, leading him to be an informed, trusted and respected resource among the members.

McCarter is a member of the Thomas Green Clemson Society, the South Carolina Waterfowl Association, the NBSC Columbia Advisory Board, and he is the past president of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. An Eagle Scout, McCarter serves on the Indian Waters Council Executive Board and is a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America’s Distinguished Service Award, the Order of the Arrow. McCarter is also a Mason and a Shriner.

McCarter has dedicated his time and experience to youth athletic associations coaching baseball in the Palmetto Baseball League, basketball at the Cardinal Newman School, and youth softball for the Columbia City League.

McCarter and his late wife, Cass, have two children, Lauren (’12) and Cole (’16). McCarter currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina.

Watch the Distinguished Service Awards Tribute Video for John N. McCarter Jr.

Watch the Distinguished Service Awards Tribute Video for John N. McCarter Jr.

President of Blue Vista Ventures, LLC, Greg Smith, is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award.

Gregory C. Smith ’84

Gregory C. Smith was born and raised in Coming, New York and after high school decided to make the trek down South for college.  He graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1984 and in 1988 received his master’s in international business from the University of South Carolina.

Smith was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Advectis, Inc. – a company that pioneered

President of Blue Vista Ventures, LLC, Greg Smith, is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows on former Clemson Tigers.

President of Blue Vista Ventures, LLC, Greg Smith, is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows on former Clemson Tigers.

the processing of mortgage loans electronically, leading to dramatic efficiency improvements to the overall mortgage process. After selling this business to Xerox, Smith undertook the role of VP and General Manager of Xerox Mortgage Services. Today, Smith is the president of Blue Vista Ventures, LLC, a company specializing in the investments of early-stage and start-up technology companies. Smith was credited with leading change within the mortgage industry to drive paper out of the process and lead the industry from an era of pure paper to an era of electronic mortgages. For his accomplishments, Smith was the recipient of the Steve Fraser Visionary Award in 2008, a lifetime achievement award in mortgage technology given by Mortgage Technology Magazine.

Since graduation, Smith has dedicated his time and treasures to helping move Clemson forward. He served as an inaugural member and the first chair of the Advisory Board for the Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Founded in 1994, the Spiro Institute provides an educational and research program in entrepreneurship that contributes to the economic development of the region, state and nation. The focus is on wealth creation through entrepreneurial activity.

Smith is a valued mentor to Clemson students pursuing their own entrepreneurial dreams. Since 2015, he has volunteered his time to teach a non-paid entrepreneurship class at Clemson, “How to Start a Start-Up,” (ENTR 1090).  He led the effort to unite alumni from the various colleges at Clemson University to raise money and drive entrepreneurship initiatives through a program called Spiro Fellows. He is also an active member of the Clemson University Board of Visitors, is a major donor to the Clemson golf program and IPTAY and serves on the Golf Paws Advisory Board.

Smith and his wife, Carol, live in Alpharetta, Georgia and have three grown children, Aaron, Sarah Veach, and Audrey.

Watch the Distinguished Service Awards Tribute Video for Gregory C. Smith

Watch the Distinguished Service Awards Tribute Video for Gregory C. Smith

A. Neill Cameron, Jr. Distinguished Service Award Recipient

A. Neill Cameron, Jr.

The Clemson Alumni Association presented A. Neill Cameron, Jr. of Liberty, South Carolina with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor for a Clemson graduate.

“The Distinguished Service Award allows us to take time to recognize a few truly remarkable members of the Clemson family, and Neill Cameron is certainly one of those,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements. “Neill achieved incredible success in his career both in advertising and as vice president of Advancement at Clemson, through his devotion to community service and in his commitment to making Clemson University better every day. We are proud of Neill and the example of service he sets for all of us.”

Originally from Atlanta, Cameron attended Clemson University like his father. In 1967 he was drafted into the

A. Neill Cameron, Jr.

U.S. Army, where he served three years on active duty and 10 years active reserve. Cameron went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University, an MBA from Emory University and a certificate in international business from the London Business School.

Cameron spent 30 years in advertising, the last 22 with Ogilvy & Mather, where he became the youngest division president and board member. He oversaw campaign development for brands such as American Express, Shell Oil, IBM and the Centers for Disease Control. Cameron’s numerous awards include the 1995 Silver Medal for Advertising’s Man of the Year and the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

In 1999, Cameron was asked to join Clemson as the vice president for Advancement. For 17 years, he oversaw the university’s brand marketing and communications, development, alumni relations, Clemson University Foundation visitor programs, conference center services and historic properties. He served on President James F. Barker’s executive team, which was responsible for implementing the “Top 20” initiative to have the university ranked as one of the top-20 public universities in the country. During the run to top 20, the Advancement Division led efforts to raise more than $1.5 billion, became the No. 1 alumni network, encouraged innovative ideas like CU-ICAR and developed legacy branding such as “Solid Orange,” “One Clemson” and “Determined Spirit.”

Cameron also served on the board of the Clemson University Foundation in 1996-2016, chaired the Clemson Finance Corporation, regularly taught undergraduate classes and became a life member of IPTAY. He established the Albert Neill Cameron Sr. Endowed Engineering Scholarship and the Albert “Neill” Cameron Jr. Endowment for the Brand. Cameron received the Most Preferred Administrator Award from marketing students and was named an honorary member of Clemson’s Class of ’39.

Cameron has served on boards including the Atlanta Ballet, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston Hospital, Emory University’s Center for Leadership and Change, the Houston Grand Opera and the Statue of Liberty Centennial Restoration Foundation. He was on the Organizing Committee for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and chaired the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Association.

The prestigious Clemson Alumni Distinguished Service Award is based on three main criteria:  personal and professional accomplishments; dedication and service to Clemson University; and devotion to community and public service. Members of the Clemson family nominate potential winners, who are then selected by the Clemson Alumni Association as outstanding alumni, public servants and examples to others.

“Let me state clearly that I have never had a finer colleague and friend than Neill Cameron,” wrote Clemson President Emeritus James F. Barker. “Neill taught me that Clemson is in the forever business, and he has changed Clemson forever.”

Cameron is now president of SCHA Solutions, the private business development arm of the South Carolina Hospital Association. He and his wife, Jill Young Cameron, split their time between Columbia and Liberty. They have two grown children, Christine Martin and Kendall Cameron, and six grandchildren.

Ann Harvin Whetstone Hunter '80, M '82 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Ann Harvin Whetstone Hunter ’80, M ’82

The Clemson Alumni Association presented Ann Harvin Whetstone Hunter of Greenwood, South Carolina with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor for a Clemson graduate.

“The Distinguished Service Award allows us to take time to recognize a few truly remarkable members of the Clemson family, and

Ann Hunter is certainly one of those,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements. “Ann has committed countless hours to serving Clemson University and her community. We are proud of Ann and the example of service she sets for all of us.”

Hunter grew up in St. Matthews, was the valedictorian at Calhoun Academy and attended Clemson University, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1980 and a master’s degree in 1982, both in chemical engineering. She was a member of the Joint Engineering Council and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) student chapter, and met her husband, Wilson Hunter ’79, through AIChE. She worked for Union Carbide Corp. before her daughter was born.

Hunter and her brother, Jack ’75, M ’78, inherited and now manage a timber farm and she is a member of the South Carolina and Greenwood County forestry associations.

Ann Harvin Whetstone Hunter

Hunter is committed to supporting Clemson, evidenced by her participation on many Clemson boards. She has held several positions in the Greater Greenwood Clemson Club and served on the Alumni National Council and the board of directors of the Clemson Alumni Association, where she was president in 2014-16. She has also served as an IPTAY representative and on the IPTAY board of directors, The Will to Lead capital campaign athletic cabinet, the Clemson University Foundation board of directors, the Board of Visitors, the Athletic Council and the Women’s Alumni Council.

In 2009, Hunter was named the Clemson Alumni Association’s Volunteer of the Year, and the Clemson Alumni Association Leadership Endowment is named for her. The men’s coaches’ locker room at Littlejohn Coliseum and the trophy case at the Allen N. Reeves Football Operations Complex are also named for Hunter. As a member of the Richard W. Simpson Society and the Clemson Legacy Society, her support has included a Scroll of Honor memorial to honor her dad and her husband’s uncle.

Hunter’s commitment to her community has included being president of Greenwood High School’s PTO and twice named its Volunteer of the Year. She has also served First Greenwood Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and the Greenwood Food Bank. As a Girl Scout leader for 25 years, Hunter is a life member of GSUSA and was named Volunteer of the Year for the Greenwood Girl Scout Service Unit in 1988. She has also served as president of the Danse de Noel Assembly.

The prestigious Clemson Alumni Distinguished Service Award is based on three main criteria: personal and professional accomplishments, dedication and service to Clemson University, and devotion to community and public service. Members of the Clemson family nominate potential winners, who are then selected by the Clemson Alumni Association as outstanding alumni, public servants and examples to others.

“Ann has participated at the highest level of service and giving with Clemson and in her community,” writes Leslie Callison, ’81, a 2017 Distinguished Service Award honoree. “She has been publicly recognized through the Clemson Alumni Association Leadership Endowment established in her name, in addition to numerous leadership and volunteer awards, yet Ann not only serves in high-profile positions, but also quietly rolls up her sleeves to work locally, in Clemson and across the state when there is a need.”

The Hunters live in Greenwood. They have one daughter, Rebecca Hunter Patrick ’07, a son-in-law, John Patrick ’04, and one grandson, Hunter.

Anthony L. Mathis '86 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Anthony L. Mathis ’86

The Clemson Alumni Association presented Anthony L. Mathis.  of Evendale, Ohio with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor for a Clemson graduate.

“The Distinguished Service Award allows us to take time to recognize a few truly remarkable members of the Clemson family, and Tony Mathis is certainly one of those,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements. “Tony achieved incredible success in his career in the Air Force and at GE, through his devotion to community service and in his commitment to making Clemson University better every day. We are proud of Tony and the example of service he sets for all of us.”

Anthony L. Mathis

Originally from Fitzgerald, Georgia, Mathis has lived in cities all around the United States in pursuit of education, career and leadership opportunities. He came to Clemson University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1986. On campus, he was involved in his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Inc., and was member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

As a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force, Mathis was sent to Edwards Air Force base in California to work in the flight test center. He earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from California State University-Fresno in 1990, then married his college sweetheart, Stephanie Green ’89. They moved to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and Mathis earned a master’s degree from Xavier University in 2000.

Mathis started with General Electric (GE) Aviation in 1997 and held several senior roles in engineering, product support and marketing. In November 2016, he was named the president and chief executive officer of military systems at GE Aviation. He served as president of the GE African American Forum and runs the GE Omega Leadership Development Program.

Elevating his company and fulfilling his passion for serving others, Mathis served as the business champion for Developing Health in Boston, the March of Dimes in Seattle, ArtsWave in Cincinnati and the Jackie Robinson Foundation in New York. He is past president of the Wright-Patterson Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Mathis has held leadership positions in various Catholic churches and is a member of the Knights of Peter Claver. He is also a member of the Air Force Association and the National Society of Black Engineers.

Mathis serves as the GE liaison to Clemson, spearheading collaboration and student opportunities between the two organizations and facilitating increased funding from GE to the university, including naming a GE classroom at the Watt Family Innovation Center. Since 2015, he has served on the board of directors of the Clemson University Foundation. Additionally, Mathis led his fraternity’s successful fundraising efforts for the Chi Zeta Diversity Scholarship Endowment and the William C. “Bill” Clinkscales Sr. ’74 Endowed Diversity Scholarship.

The prestigious Clemson Alumni Distinguished Service Award is based on three main criteria:  personal and professional accomplishments; dedication and service to Clemson University; and devotion to community and public service. Members of the Clemson family nominate potential winners, who are then selected by the Clemson Alumni Association as outstanding alumni, public servants and examples to others.

“Tony has always been a focused, tenacious and intelligent leader. These attributes shine through in his daily personal and professional dealings,” write Jesse G. Turner Jr., senior director of human resources at The Kroger Co. and a fraternity brother of Mathis’s.

The Mathises now live in Evendale, a suburb of Cincinnati, with their daughters, Jasmine, a high school junior, and Carmen, who is in fifth grade.

William (Bill) C. Smith, Jr. '82 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

William (Bill) C. Smith, Jr. ’82

The Clemson Alumni Association presented William (Bill) C. Smith, Jr.  of Columbia, South Carolina with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor for a Clemson graduate.

“The Distinguished Service Award allows us to take time to recognize a few truly remarkable members of the Clemson family – and Bill Smith is certainly one of those,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements. “Bill achieved incredible success on the football field, in his career in real estate, through his devotion to community service and in his commitment to making Clemson University better every day. We are proud of Bill and the example of service he sets for all of us.”

Born and raised in Duncan, Smith grew up playing several sports at James F. Byrnes High School before accepting a scholarship to play football at Clemson University. He was a four-year letterman and a starting defensive end on Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in administrative management in 1982.

William C. Smith, Jr.

Smith’s career began in real estate sales, then he co-founded the company Holmes Smith Developments. He later co-founded and became CEO of Red Rock Developments LLC, a commercial real estate development company based in Columbia with an office in Charlotte. He is a member of the South Carolina and North Carolina economic developers’ associations and the national Industrial Asset Management Council, and is a graduate of Leadership Columbia and Leadership South Carolina.

Smith has held numerous leadership positions in several nonprofit organizations, including Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. He has served on the boards of directors for the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, Hammond High School, the EdVenture Children’s Museum and the Columbia Urban League. For his performance on the football field and contributions in leadership and community service, Smith was awarded Clemson’s Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Smith has also given back to the Clemson community. He was elected to Clemson’s board of trustees in 1996 and became a lifetime member in 2007. As a trustee, he has served as vice chairman and chaired all 11 committees, including the finance and facilities committee five times. He currently chairs the land and capital asset stewardship committee. Smith is a member of the university’s land stewardship and real estate foundations, and he also serves on the board of the football program’s P.A.W. Journey. Smith and his wife have supported both academics and athletics consecutively for 36 years. They also established the Smith Family Endowment for unrestricted scholarships at Clemson.

The prestigious Clemson Alumni Distinguished Service Award is based on three main criteria: personal and professional accomplishments; dedication and service to Clemson University; and devotion to community and public service. Members of the Clemson family nominate potential winners, who are then selected by the Clemson Alumni Association as outstanding alumni, public servants and examples to others.

“Bill has been a servant leader at Clemson and a loyal supporter who has contributed countless hours of his time in addition to significant financial contributions over the past 30 years,” writes David E. Dukes, a partner in the law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. “He is highly respected by the Clemson community, the business community and the South Carolina General Assembly.”

Smith is married to Elizabeth “Beth” Black Smith and they live in Columbia and Clemson. Their son, Cannon, played on Clemson’s 2016 Football National Championship team — making him and his father one of five Clemson father-son football champions. He is expected to graduate in December. Their daughter, Catherine “Kaki” Mac Lain ’15, M ’17, lives in Greenville with her husband Eric Mac Lain ’15, M ’17.

Michael L. Watt '84 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Michael L. Watt ’84

The Clemson Alumni Association presented Michael L. Watt of Kennesaw, Georgia with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor for a Clemson graduate.

“The Distinguished Service Award allows us to take time to recognize a few truly remarkable members of the Clemson family, and Mike Watt is certainly one of those,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements. “Mike achieved incredible success in his career in technology, through his devotion to community service and in his commitment to making Clemson University better and more innovative every day. We are proud of Mike and the example of service he sets for all of us.”

Watt was born in North Carolina, grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and moved to Charleston at age 12. Like his father and brother, Watt chose Clemson University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1984 in the new field of computer engineering. Throughout all four years at Clemson, Watt dated his future bride, Kimberly K. Fowler ’85. They were married in 1985.

With encouragement from his mentor, John Gowdy, Watt went on to graduate school, earning a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1986. He then began work at the Georgia Tech Research Institute designing radar systems, satellite communications systems and computer networks for the U.S. Department of Defense. In 1989, Watt joined his father’s startup company, Scientific Research Corporation (SRC), which provides innovative technology solutions to government, military and private organizations. Over the last 29 years, SRC has grown to employ more than 1,300 high-tech professionals tackling some of the military’s greatest challenges. He currently serves as the chairman and CEO of SRC.

Watt has held leadership positions in several organizations, including the British American Business Group and the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He received the National Small Business (Tibbetts) Award in 2000 for small business research contributions and was recognized with a top job-creator award in South Carolina. Watt and his family have supported Mount Paran Christian School, Grady Memorial Hospital and North Metro Church in Kennesaw, Georgia, as well as Clemson Athletics.

Michael L. Watt

Watt has served in several key leadership roles for Clemson advisory boards, including in the Clemson University Research Foundation; the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences; and on the Clemson University Foundation board of directors. His gifts and vision helped create the state-of-the-art Watt Family Innovation Center. For his commitment to promoting innovation on and off campus, Watt was inducted into the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers and Scientists in 2008.

The prestigious Clemson Alumni Distinguished Service Award is based on three main criteria: personal and professional accomplishments; dedication and service to Clemson University; and devotion to community and public service. Members of the Clemson family nominate potential winners, who are then selected by the Clemson Alumni Association as outstanding alumni, public servants and examples to others.

“It has been a pleasure to follow Mike’s career and see the impact he has made on Clemson University, the engineering profession, the well-being of our state and nation, as well as the lives of many people,” wrote A. Wayne Bennett, dean emeritus of the Clemson University Graduate School.

The Watts have two sons, Wes ’13 and Austin ’16, and a daughter, Mary Katherine, a freshman at Clemson. As a hobby, Watt enjoys competitive automotive racing in Ferrari and Le Mans prototype cars. His racecars are decorated with Clemson colors and themes.