John L. Easterling III ’80

J. Allen Martin ’69

John W. Parris ‘58

General John W. “Jay” Raymond ’84

Mitchell S. “Micky” Scott ’75

Robert B. “Bob” Hambright ’70

Retired Construction Industry Executive to Receive Clemson Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award

Retired corporate executive Robert B. “Bob” Hambright of Blowing Rock, N.C., will receive the Clemson Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.

Hambright is former president of J.A. Jones Construction, one of the nation’s largest construction companies during his 25 years of employment there. He then started the Southeast Division for Balfour Beatty where he was president and chief executive officer before retiring in 2010. During this time, the company was an industry-leading provider of general contracting, at-risk construction management, design-build and privatized military housing services for public and private sector clients across the country.

Born in Spartanburg, Hambright grew up in Grover, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Winthrop University in 1974.

He has been a volunteer leader for many organizations, ranging from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and the Charlotte Discovery Place Children’s Museum to the Crossnore School and Children’s Home, which assists children and families in crisis.

For Clemson, Hambright serves on the Clemson University Foundation’s board of directors and was its 2018-2020 chair. He was the lead volunteer driver of a university-wide initiative to improve donor stewardship at all levels of the institution and led the foundation’s recent restructuring to streamline its operations and enhance its support for Clemson fundraising activities, including the establishment of the Order of the Oak fundraising council on which he serves.

He also was instrumental in launching an effort within the foundation board to raise funds for the “Clemson University Foundation Tomorrow Begins Today Scholarship Quasi-Endowment” to generate more unrestricted scholarships, one of the university’s top priorities.

Hambright and his wife, Susan, are among Clemson’s most generous benefactors. Within the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, they have created the Hambright Scholars Program, the Robert B. (’70) and Susan B. Hambright Annual Leadership Program in Engineering and The Hambright Distinguished Professorship in Engineering Leadership. They are also major donors to the athletics program, including significant support for basketball facilities and the PAW Journey program.

The Hambrights have three children: Son Mathew B. Hambright is a 2006 Clemson graduate; son Benjamin T. Hambright is an Elon University graduate; and daughter Steffan H. Hambright Kelly is a graduate of Salem College.

 

The 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 honorees, who are then selected by the Clemson Alumni Association as outstanding alumni, public servants and examples to others. The 2021 award presentation will occur during the fall.

The Clemson Alumni Association is an open-membership, nonprofit organization that exists to connect alumni with their alma mater. Through a variety of programs and services, the Alumni Association works with alumni around the world to ensure they have a Clemson Experience every day.

 

Marvin G. Carmichael ’71, MEd ’76

Longtime Leader in the Student Financial Aid Field Will Receive Clemson Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award

Nationally respected student financial aid leader Marvin G. Carmichael of Seneca will receive the Clemson Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.

Carmichael, a Dillon, S.C., native, earned two degrees from Clemson University in 1971 and 1976 respectively. He started working at Clemson as a student in 1967, began working as a full-time employee of the university in 1971 and joined the Office of Student Financial Aid in 1973. Over the next four decades, he became a driving force in shaping state and national student financial aid policy, legislation and funding.

He was instrumental in crafting legislation and regulations for the South Carolina LIFE Scholarship, serving as an advisor to the South Carolina General Assembly. He held various leadership roles in the financial aid field, including chair of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. He also served as a trustee for the South Carolina Student Loan Corporation. He volunteered in various roles with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, including chairing the Committee on Financial Aid and Amateurism.

In addition to his student financial aid responsibilities at Clemson, in 2000 Carmichael became Assistant to the President and liaison to the University’s Board of Visitors and President’s Advisory Board. In 2005 he was appointed Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, the post he held until his retirement in 2016.

Carmichael’s numerous community roles have ranged from volunteer firefighter to being a South Carolina State Constable. He has been an active volunteer for various organizations including, but not limited to: the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce; the Oconee Economic Development Board; the Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce; the Greenville Urban League; the Clemson Fellowship Club; and the Rotary Club of Clemson.

He currently volunteers with and serves as vice president of Mountain Findings, which supports multiple charities in the Highlands, N.C., area. He also serves as president of the Apple Mountain Homeowners Association in Highlands.

He and his wife, Felicia, who graduated from Clemson in 1973 and 1976, have two children: Their daughter, Ashlee Carmichael Moses, is a 2001 Clemson graduate, and their son, Brooks Butler Carmichael, is 2006 Clemson graduate.

 

The 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 honorees, who are then selected by the Clemson Alumni Association as outstanding alumni, public servants and examples to others. The 2021 award presentation will occur during the fall.

The Clemson Alumni Association is an open-membership, nonprofit organization that exists to connect alumni with their alma mater. Through a variety of programs and services, the Alumni Association works with alumni around the world to ensure they have a Clemson Experience every day.

 

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Phil Bradley ’65

Retired Lowcountry Insurance Agency Owner to Receive Clemson Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award

Phil Bradley, retired owner of the Allstate Insurance Agency on Folly Road, Charleston, will receive the Clemson Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.

Bradley graduated from Clemson University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management. After three years of military service, he returned to his native Charleston and began a five-decade career in the insurance business. He retired in 2018 and lives on Johns Island with his wife, Mary, who was named an Honorary Alumna of Clemson in 2015.

Among his many volunteer leadership roles for Clemson, Bradley has chaired the University’s Board of Visitors and served on the Clemson University Foundation’s board of directors. Currently, he serves as an ambassador for the Order of the Oak, an organization created to provide wisdom, guidance and momentum to the University Foundation as it assists the University in enhancing its ability to accomplish its land-grant mission in the 21st century and meet the changes and challenges of the future. He is a member of the Charleston County Clemson Club and served two terms as Chair of Clemson in the Lowcountry.

His service in the Charleston community includes leadership roles for Grace Episcopal Church and Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy. He is active in the North Charleston Rotary Club and a member of Community Pride of Charleston County.

The Bradleys are among Clemson’s most generous donors. They were the first major benefactors of the Creative Inquiry program, which began in 2005 to provide research experiences for undergraduate students. They have contributed significantly to numerous other academic initiatives, including ClemsonLIFE, the Watt Family Innovation Center, the Early Childhood Education Center and annual awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring.

The Bradleys are also major donors to Clemson athletic programs. They are longtime members of IPTAY and supported the development of the facilities at the West End Zone of the football stadium, where the patron’s locker rooms are named in their honor.

The Bradleys have two children:  Their daughter, Dr. Renee Bradley, lives in Manassas, Va., and their son, Philip, who is a 1992 Clemson graduate, lives in Charleston.

 

The 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 honorees, who are then selected by the Clemson Alumni Association as outstanding alumni, public servants and examples to others. The 2021 award presentation will occur during the fall.

The Clemson Alumni Association is an open-membership, nonprofit organization that exists to connect alumni with their alma mater. Through a variety of programs and services, the Alumni Association works with alumni around the world to ensure they have a Clemson Experience every day.

 

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Michael Pennington Nieri ’86

Great Southern Homes Founder to Receive Clemson Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award

One of America’s leading homebuilding entrepreneurs, Michael Pennington Nieri of Chapin, will receive the Clemson Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.

Nieri, who graduated from Clemson University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management, is the founder, owner and president of Irmo-based Great Southern Homes, ranked by BUILDER magazine in 2020 as the nation’s 44th largest homebuilder. Also in 2020, Nieri received BUILDER magazine’s Hearthstone Humanitarian Award, a national recognition honoring homebuilders who demonstrate a lifetime commitment to public service.

He was inducted into the S.C. Housing Hall of Fame in 2018 and was twice recognized as “Builder of the Year” by the Building Industry Association. He is a past president of the BIA Charitable Foundation.

Professionally and personally Nieri has contributed significantly to improving the quality of life for individuals and communities across South Carolina. Beneficiaries range from the Boys Farm in Newberry, a haven for boys facing difficult family situations, and Camp Cole, a summer camp for children with cancer, to Habitat for Humanity projects in the Midlands and Pickens County.

For Clemson, Nieri and his wife, Robyn, who was named an Honorary Alumna in 2020, are Cornerstone Partners for both academics and athletics. In 2015, they made a $2.5 million Cornerstone gift to develop the Nieri Family Student-Athlete Enrichment Center in Memorial Stadium, and in 2019 they donated $5 million dollars for the Department of Construction Science and Management, which now bears the family’s name.

The Nieri Family Department of Construction Science and Management is the first named department in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and the fifth named department at the university. Michael Nieri serves on the department’s advisory board and recently contributed to and led fundraising efforts for a new remote laboratory classroom.

Michael and Robyn Nieri have three children, all Clemson graduates: son Pennington, Class of 2015; daughter Maigan, Class of 2018; and son Patrick, Class of 2019.

 

The 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 honorees, who are then selected by the Clemson Alumni Association as outstanding alumni, public servants and examples to others. The 2021 award presentation will occur during the fall.

The Clemson Alumni Association is an open-membership, nonprofit organization that exists to connect alumni with their alma mater. Through a variety of programs and services, the Alumni Association works with alumni around the world to ensure they have a Clemson Experience every day.