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.

Raymond E. Jones ’86

ExxonMobil Vice President to Receive Clemson Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award

ExxonMobil executive Raymond E. Jones of The Woodlands, Texas, will receive the Clemson Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.

Jones, vice president of surface engineering for ExxonMobil’s Upstream business grew up in Spartanburg. He graduated from Clemson University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston in 1994.

He has held numerous leadership roles within ExxonMobil around the world, including as Asia Pacific regional vice president for the ExxonMobil Production Company and as executive director of projects for ExxonMobil affiliates in Nigeria. In his current post he is responsible for the development and deployment of engineers to support ExxonMobil’s global business.

Jones focuses much of his time and effort on improving opportunities for underrepresented employees in the oil and gas industry. He serves on several inclusion and equity councils within ExxonMobil and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a network that opens channels of opportunity for the development of black executives to positively impact business and communities.

In 2020, he received the Society of Women Engineers’ Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award, which recognizes an individual or company instrumental in the advancement of women in engineering fields.

For Clemson, Jones serves on the Clemson University Foundation’s board of directors and chairs its finance committee. He also is the ExxonMobil Executive Clemson Contact and chairs the Clemson Alumni Group for his Texas campus.

As a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for Clemson’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences (CECAS), he works to enhance programs to educate, recruit and retain women and other underrepresented populations in STEM fields through mentoring, academic coaching, counseling and academic enrichment. In 2011, he and his wife, Carla, established the Raymond Jones Family Scholarship Endowment to provide financial assistance to underrepresented students in CECAS.

In Houston, the Joneses are engaged in multiple community service activities, ranging from the United Way and National Charity League to the Texas Children’s Hospital. They have three children: daughters, Kara, a junior at Texas Christian University, and Chloe, a high school senior, and a son, Zach, a freshman at Sam Houston State University.

 

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.

Dr. Thomas James “Jimmy” Bell, Jr. ’65

Hartsville physician presented with Clemson’s Distinguished Service Award

Hartsville, South Carolina physician Thomas James “Jimmy” Bell, 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.

Bell was a pre-med student at Clemson University, graduating summa cum laude in 1965. He continued his education at the Medical University of South Carolina, graduating in 1969 with a Doctor of Medicine degree.

As a Clemson student, Bell received the Norris Medal, an award presented to the best all-around graduating senior at Clemson. He was president of his sophomore and junior classes and the student body president during his senior year. Bell received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, was a Sigma Tau Epsilon Award honoree and a member of the Clemson Tigers Football team where he served as an alternate captain, defensive safety and quarterback. In 1964, Dr. Bell was named to the Academic All-ACC team and was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame representing District three for football performance, academic achievement and campus leadership. A member of Tiger Brotherhood and Blue Key, he was awarded the Air Force ROTC Scholastic Award and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma and Sigma Tau Epsilon.

After graduating from medical school and completing a rotating internship at Charlotte Memorial Hospital, Bell entered the U.S. Air Force where he served his country and completed his family medicine training at the U.S. Air Force Pediatric Clinic. He was also the U.S. Air Force Practice Clinic Director. In 1972, he began practicing medicine at Family Practice Hartsville in Hartsville, South Carolina where he continues to practice today.

In service to his alma mater, Bell has served on the Clemson Alumni Council and the Clemson University Board of Visitors. He is a member of the President’s Club and the Annual Major Gift Club as well as an IPTAY Life Donor and an IPTAY Representative in Darlington County. He served as the president of the Clemson Alumni Physicians Society and is a member of Block ‘C,’ Clemson’s letterman’s association.

Bell has made an impact in his local community through his volunteerism on the City Council of Hartsville, as chairman of Darlington County Emergency Medical Services, and Coker College Team Physician and Board of Trustees member. He has volunteered as a physician at the Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County and has traveled on a mission trip to Trinidad with First Baptist Church for six summers serving six medical clinics.

For his dedication to his community and his profession, Bell was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, by Governor Nikki Haley. He has received the Pioneer Award for Rural Health Service in South Carolina, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from Coker College, which he had also received as a student at Clemson and has served his community as a family physician for more than forty-seven years.

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.

Bell and his wife, Nancy, have three children. A son, Thomas James Bell III ‘91, (deceased), and wife Mary Gwinn; daughter, Elizabeth Bell Quinn ‘94 and her husband Terry; and daughter, Andrea Bell Trader ‘96 and her husband Derek ’95. They have four grandchildren, Matthew, Lizzie, Abby and Mia.’ He currently resides in Hartsville, South Carolina.

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The Clemson Alumni Association, an open-membership, nonprofit organization since its inception in 1896, connects members of the more than 161,000-strong Clemson Family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service and strengthening relationships with Clemson University and with each other. For more information, visit Clemson.edu/alumni.

Mary Anne Bigger ’88

Executive director of the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta presented with Clemson’s Distinguished Service Award

The executive director of the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, Mary Anne Bigger, is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon former Clemson Tigers.

Born in Lancaster, S.C., Bigger graduated from Clemson University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. She began her professional career at Bank of America working in item processing and treasury management and was later promoted to vice president supporting corporate sales associates. Following her banking career, Bigger became the executive director of North Augusta Forward, a non-profit organization focused on the enrichment of the quality of life in North Augusta, S.C.

Recently, Bigger began a new role as the executive director of the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, a non-profit educational center which provides self-guided tours and hands-on exhibits exposing visitors to the arts and history of the region.

During her time at Clemson, she was active with Central Spirit and the IPTAY Student Advisory Board, serving as president her senior year. After graduation, she became an integral volunteer focusing her attention on enhancing the opportunities available to future students of Clemson, especially females, through her role in helping to launch what is now Clemson Women’s Alumni Council’s signature event, “Bring Your Daughter to Clemson.”

She has served on the Clemson Alumni Association Board of Directors, Clemson’s Parents Advisory Board, the Clemson University Foundation Board, as president of Clemson’s Women’s Alumni Council and as president of the Charlotte Clemson Club. Bigger was also the first, and to this point only female, to serve as president of the IPTAY Board of Directors. During her tenure on the IPTAY board, she has been a mentor to others who have joined the board and has been a key leader in the organization helping to grow and identify new membership, especially among females.

She actively participates in supporting the Aiken and Augusta Clemson Clubs and for all of her volunteer efforts, Bigger has been recognized with the Clemson University Young Alumnus of Merit award, the Clemson University Alumni Association Volunteer of the Year award, and the Super Tiger award presented by the Aiken County Clemson Club.

Bigger is also an active volunteer in her community, serving on the North Augusta Nancy Carson Library Board as a member and president and on the North Augusta High School Improvement Council. She is also a graduate of Leadership North Augusta. Currently, she is an active member of Grace United Methodist Church and The New Life Sunday School Class. She is a past member of the GIFTS group, an organization associated with the church which knits blankets and children’s hats that are sent to villagers served by the church’s mission team in Bolivia and to the children at the Methodist Orphanage in Columbia, S.C. She has also served on the Missions committee and nominating committee.

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.

Bigger and her husband, Bob, have two daughters, Bronwyn (’18), who is engaged to Eric White (’18), and Sarah, a current Clemson student studying Language and International Health. She currently resides in North Augusta, S.C.

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The Clemson Alumni Association, an open-membership, nonprofit organization since its inception in 1896, connects members of the more than 161,000-strong Clemson Family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service and strengthening relationships with Clemson University and with each other. For more information, visit Clemson.edu/alumni.

 

 

Jane Robelot DeCarvalho ’82

WYFF News 4 anchor presented with Clemson’s Distinguished Service Award

WYFF News 4 anchor, Jane Robelot DeCarvalho, is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows upon former Clemson Tigers.

DeCarvalho was born in Greenville, South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. She began her professional career in radio before making the move into television journalism with WSPA-TV, the CBS affiliate in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville-Anderson market. After leaving the Upstate, DeCarvalho joined CBS-owned WCAU-TV in Philadelphia. The hallmark of her professional career came in 1995 when she was promoted to CBS News in New York City where she anchored CBS Morning News and later CBS This Morning.

During her career, DeCarvalho has covered major national and international events including the Oklahoma City bombing, death of Princess Diana, Pope John Paul II’s visit to Cuba and the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. After a move to Atlanta, she and her family moved to Greenville and launched Carolina Zoon Productions. DeCarvalho also joined the WYFF News 4 team as a news anchor and correspondent. Her work has been recognized locally and nationally with numerous awards, including two National Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.

During her years as a Clemson student, DeCarvalho served on Central Spirit Committee and coordinated pep rallies prior to football games. She also reported for Clemson’s student radio station, WSBF-FM. Her professional radio career began in Clemson with WCCP-AM as news and sports director, sending her “voice reports” to radio stations throughout the country on Clemson home football games. After graduating, she moved to Greenville to work with the Clemson Network flagship station WFBC-AM/FM as the co-host of Tiger Tailgate Show. While anchoring for WSPA-TV she also co-hosted The Danny Ford Show and The Cliff Ellis Show.

As an alumna, she has remained in close contact with Clemson and been a very public ambassador for the University. She was honored to be the Clemson University Young Alumnus in 1989. DeCarvalho has also focused her attention on enriching the lives of Clemson’s students through mentorship and speaking in the classroom. She served on numerous boards and committees for the University including The President’s Advisory Board of President Emeritus James F. Barker and was a founding member of the board for the Center for the Visual Arts. She has often served as an emcee of major events at Clemson. DeCarvalho and her husband have also provided pro-bono video production services for the University.

Giving back to her community, she served on the original board of AID Upstate, donated her services to Goodwill Industries, the United Way, Upstate Forever and the Cancer Survivors Park in Greenville, South Carolina. She is involved in St. Francis Foundation’s “Pearls and Pumps,” a fundraiser to raise awareness and financial support for breast cancer, volunteers her time in Upstate schools, and has hosted the Women’s Health segment for Dabo’s All In Foundation Ladies Clinic. DeCarvalho is a Fellow of the Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative and a member of the Greenville Professional Women’s Forum.

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.

DeCarvalho and her husband, Mario, have one son, George, who is currently a junior at Clemson. She currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina.

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The Clemson Alumni Association, an open-membership, nonprofit organization since its inception in 1896, connects members of the more than 161,000-strong Clemson Family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service and strengthening relationships with Clemson University and with each other. For more information, visit Clemson.edu/alumni.

 

 

James Henry “Hank” Owen, Jr ’73

Retired York County attorney presented with Clemson’s Distinguished Service Award

Retired Attorney, James Henry “Hank” Owen, Jr, is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows upon former Clemson Tigers.

Hank graduated from Clemson University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After graduation, he continued his education at the University of South Carolina, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1976.

Hank began practicing law with Al Haselden and established the firm of Haselden & Owen. In 2016, Hank retired from the active practice of law as a partner in the firm of Haselden, Owen & Boloyan.  He served a term as president of the York County Bar Association and as president of the York County Public Defender Corporation. During his tenure with his firm, Hank was active in several civic organizations and served a term as appointed legal counsel for both the US Jaycees and the SC Jaycees. He also served as the attorney for the Clover School District for more than 35 years.

An Eagle Scout, Hank is extremely dedicated to his community having served as past chairman and board member of the York Commission for Technical Education, member and officer of the Clover Jaycees and past president and member of the Clover Rotary Club, the Clover United Way and the Clover Chamber of Commerce. For his dedication to his community, Hank was recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Clover Chamber of Commerce, is a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club International and was recognized as one of the Three Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in South Carolina by SC Jaycees.  Hank is also an active member of First United Methodist Church of Clover, where he has served in a number of leadership positions.

During his time at Clemson, Hank was a member of the Clemson University Tiger Band, serving as Sergeant Major, and was a member of the university concert band. He was a member and president of Mu Beta Psi music fraternity and National Vice President of Mu Beta Psi. He was also a member of Sigma Tau Epsilon honorary fraternity.

Since his graduation, Hank has shown his dedication to Clemson through various volunteer roles and financial contributions. He served as the chair to the university Board of Visitors from 2017 – 2018 and continues to reside on the board today. He volunteered on the Will to Lead Capital Campaign subcommittee, the Clemson Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Clemson University Foundation Board, and continues to serve on the Clemson University Tiger Band Association Board. He is also a current member of the York County Clemson Club and Ft. Hill Clemson Club.

In support of Clemson, Hank is a Leadership Circle Donor, a member of the Anna Calhoun Clemson Cumulative Giving Society and the Richard Simpson Cumulative Giving Society. He has been an IPTAY supporter and representative for more than 35 years. His capital gift contributions have impacted the university greatly providing resources to the Tiger Band Plaza, WestZone project, the Larry Penley Golf Facility, Doug Kingsmore stadium and the Duckworth Family Tennis Center. Hank and his wife recently endowed the Hank “73” and Kay “73” Spring Sounds endowment.

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.

Hank and his wife, Kay, have two children, Kathryn Owen Sasser ’99, married to Trey ’98, and James Henry Owen III ’02, who is married to Elizabeth. They have three granddaughters, Mary Alice, Annabel and Lettie. Hank currently resides in Clover, South Carolina.

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The Clemson Alumni Association, an open-membership, nonprofit organization since its inception in 1896, connects members of the more than 161,000-strong Clemson Family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service and strengthening relationships with Clemson University and with each other.  For more information, visit Clemson.edu/alumni.

 

Steven K. Watt ’81

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Scientific Research Corporation presented with Clemson’s Distinguished Service Award

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Scientific Research Corporation (SRC), Steven “Steve” Kenneth Watt, is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon former Clemson Tigers.

Watt graduated from Clemson University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Following his graduation from Clemson, Watt continued his education at Brenau University, receiving his Master of Business Administration.

Watt began his career in Washington, D.C., working for the Department of Transportation. He later joined the ZEP Corporation, a chemical company in Atlanta, Ga., moving on to the position of Director of Operations at Georgia Tech Research Corporation. He is currently the executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Scientific Research Corporation (SRC), a company founded by his family, which provides training, communications, intelligence systems and innovative defense solutions to the United States Government, the private industry and international clients.

Watt is a dedicated donor and volunteer to Clemson University. He has served in a leadership role on the Clemson University Board of Visitors and is currently a member of the President’s Advisory Board. Along with his family, Watt helped Clemson in creating and achieving the vision of the Watt Family Innovation Center, the most technologically enhanced academic building on campus. The Watt Center’s mission is to create an environment where collaboration among students, faculty, and leaders from industry and government agencies generates ideas and solves complex problems. The Watt Center is available for students and faculty in all disciplines as a flexible space for collaboration, innovation and project development. Watt currently serves on the advisory board for the center.

Watt and his wife, Pam, are members of the Thomas Green Clemson Society and the Legacy Society, ensuring the success of Clemson University for years to come. They also served on the Will to Lead Capital Campaign committee and are dedicated to supporting the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; the School of Nursing; and the President’s Leadership Circle.

Watt’s generosity has extended well beyond Clemson University to his local community and to organizations whose reach spans the country. He is an avid supporter of the Blue Angels Foundation, the Salvation Army, the Giving Tree, Toys for Tots, the Fischer House and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He is also a supporter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) in Clemson and in Western North Carolina and has served on the Marietta Country Club Board of Directors. With more than forty percent of the workforce at SRC being comprised of military veterans, Watt has focused significant attention on assisting with the health and wellbeing of veterans. He, along with his company, provides significant support to the Wounded Warrior Project, and recently, he led a campaign to rally his employees around a charity focused on assisting veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Through his efforts, the campaign raised more than $70,000 in combined employee and corporate matching contributions.

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.

Watt and his wife, Pam, have two children, Brandon (’08), who is married to Janani Raman, and Brittany Watt Childers (’13), who is married to Chase. Watt currently resides in Kennesaw, Ga.

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The Clemson Alumni Association, an open-membership, nonprofit organization since its inception in 1896, connects members of the more than 161,000-strong Clemson Family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service and strengthening relationships with Clemson University and with each other. For more information, visit Clemson.edu/alumni.