E. Grantland Burns ’88

The Clemson Alumni Association presented Grant Burns of Greer with the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor.

“I am extremely proud to honor Grant Burns with the Distinguished Service Award,” said Clemson President James P. Clements. “He has done so much to support Clemson, and I am truly grateful for his contributions. His personal accomplishments serve as a wonderful model for our current and future students.”

Burns graduated from Clemson in 1988 with a degree in political sScreen Shot 2016-05-18 at 11.20.56 AMcience. As a student, he held many leadership positions, including student body president in 1987.

Burns has forged an exemplary career as a lawyer, litigating trials and arbitrations in 20 states. He was recognized for excellence by The Best Lawyers In America and Super Lawyers, and was president of Washington and Lee University Student Bar Association. He was named one of the “Best and Brightest — 35 and Under” by Greenville Magazine in 2000.

He is a member of the South Carolina Bar and served as a member of the House of Delegates from 2007-2012. He was president of the Greenville Young Lawyers Association and of the Greenville Bar Association. Currently he is the vice president and general council for AFL, a fiberoptics company with manufacturing facilities throughout the world.

His dedication to Clemson has never wavered. He was president of the Alumni Association from 2007-08 and was on the Clemson University Foundation board of directors, the Board of Visitors and the Greenville Clemson Luncheon Club.

He has consistently supported IPTAY and the athletics program by serving on the Tiger Golf Gathering Foundation board of directors, as an alumni delegate to the IPTAY board of directors, and as an IPTAY representative since 2003. He has been a continuous IPTAY donor since graduation and is a season ticket holder for both football and basketball.

Burns lives in Greer with his wife, Julie. They have two children: Camden, who attends Furman University, and Emory who is on track to graduate from Clemson in 2018.


Robert J. “Bobby” Conrad Jr. ’80

The Clemson Alumni Association has recognized Judge Robert J. “BobbDSAVideoConrady” Conrad Jr. of Charlotte as one of five recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor.

Conrad is a 1980 graduate of Clemson, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history with a German minor. He was awarded the 1980 Norris Medal, the highest honor awarded at graduation. He was an Academic All-American and also a standout in athletics; starting as point guard on the basketball team that finished in the Elite Eight of the 1980 NCAA Tournament.

Conrad earned his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1983 and proceeded to carve out a legendary legal career that took him from the Upstate to the White House. He was selected by Attorney General Janet Reno to be the chief of her Campaign Financing Task Force in 2000. That same year he became the first lawyer to question in the same week a seated U.S. President and Vice President (Clinton and Gore) under oath. In 2001 his office successfully prosecuted the first trial of giving material support to a terrorist organization (Hezbollah) in the U.S. President George W. Bush nominated him as U.S. Attorney for Western North Carolina in 2001. As U.S. Attorney, he served on Attorney General John Ashcroft’s Advisory Committee. In 2005, he was confirmed by the Senate to a position as U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina.

Conrad has proven to be an outstanding ambassador for Clemson. He currently serves on Clemson’s Letterwinners Board of Directors, and was a member of President Barker’s Advisory Committee. He regularly mentors law students who are Clemson graduates, and has attended Clemson Club meetings in Charlotte, Rock Hill and Washington D.C. He was selected to Clemson’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993 and was chosen as one of Clemson’s All Time Top Twenty-Five players in 2013.

“I have come to this clear conclusion: Judge Robert Conrad has earned the Distinguished Service Award,” said Clemson president emeritus James F. Barker in his letter of nomination. “He has served his country with distinction. He has served his community with distinction. He has served his profession with distinction. And he has served our alma mater with distinction.”

Conrad and his wife, Ann, live in Charlotte. They have five children, two of whom, Bobby (2004) and Carrie (2010) are Clemson graduates.

Bobby Conrad

Gregg F. Morton ’78

The Clemson Alumni Association has recognized Gregg F. Morton of Clemson as one of five DSAVideoMortonrecipients of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor.

Morton graduated from Clemson in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in administrative management and started his career with Southern Bell that same year, having been recruited while he was still a student. He held assignments of increasing responsibility and in 2007 was named president of AT&T South Carolina and AT&T Tennessee. He was instrumental in leading adoption of policy changes that transformed the telecommunications industry from a monopoly to a highly competitive market.

Morton has a long history of contributing to Clemson through his personal giving and outside fundraising. He was directly responsible for securing more than $1 million in gifts and contributions to Clemson, including the donation for the AT&T auditorium at the CU-ICAR campus in Greenville.

Morton also serves on numerous advisory boards and commissions within the university, including the Board of Visitors.

Morton has served on the boards of numerous organizations outside of Clemson as well, including the United Way, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Nashville Symphony. Through all his endeavors, he never misses an opportunity to share the rich traditions of Clemson with others.

Morton is the patriarch of a true Clemson family: His wife, Cathy, graduated in 1979 and their children, Christopher and Katherine, graduated in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

Gerald M. Glenn ’64

The Clemson Alumni Association has recognized Gerald M. Glenn of The Woodlands, Texas as DSAVideoGlennone of five recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor.

Glenn graduated from Clemson in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He went on to become the , chairman, president and CEO of Chicago Bridge and Iron, one of the world’s largest construction companies.

“He was a true legend in the construction industry,” said Clemson president emeritus James F. Barker in a letter nominating Glenn for the award. “He led this Fortune 500 Company with distinction for many years and moved the company to Houston during that time. This decision proved to be brilliant.”

Glenn’s support of his alma mater has benefitted thousands of past, present and future students. In 2011 he and his wife, Candi, donated $5 million to name the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering. He is a major contributor to IPTAY, serves as a member of the Clemson University Foundation Board of Directors, and is a founding partner of the Barker Scholars Endowment; to name a few of his additional commitments to the school.

Glenn and his wife, Candi, share a commitment to community that reaches well beyond Clemson, contributing not just their financial resources, but their time and talent to multiple causes. They have been heavily involved in educational and charitable organizations, with Gerald and Candi always taking leadership roles in the institutions they support.

Glenn’s nomination letters are full off testimonies that he creates and seizes the opportunity to promote Clemson’s academics and athletics to everyone he encounters. He has recruited numerous students in his adopted state of Texas to enroll at Clemson – including both of his sons, Mike and Charlie, and several of their classmates.

“Few Clemson alumni are more dedicated to their alma mater than Gerald Glenn,” said Barker. “He will not rest until the entire state of Texas can sing the Clemson alma mater.”

Charles C. Mickel ’79

Charles C. Mickel of Greenville has been recognized as one of five recipients of the 2015 DSAVideoMickelDistinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor.

Mickel received a Bachelors of Science in industrial management from Clemson in 1979 and went on to build a remarkable career in real estate investment.

Mickel’s success has enabled him to give back to his community and his alma mater in extraordinary ways.

He is a major donor to Clemson, and has supported numerous initiatives from capital campaigns to scholarships. He has served on the Clemson University Foundation Board, the Real Estate Board, and the President’s Advisory Board.

Perhaps most notably, he is credited with assisting with the implementation of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU ICAR) facility in Greenville.

“We needed leadership to make it a reality,” said Clemson president emeritus James Barker. “We turned to Charlie Mickel and he responded with remarkable commitment, insight and passion for the idea. His quiet but tenacious leadership brought CU-ICAR into being. Simply stated, there would be no CU ICAR without him.”

Mickel’s commitment to service reaches far beyond the Clemson campus. He is the vice-chairman and treasurer of the Daniel-Mickel Foundation, a foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all people in the Greenville community. He is also passionate about the arts, and gives generously of his time and talent by serving as president of the Museum Association board and as incoming president to Artisphere, to name just two examples.

Mickel and his wife, Rachelle, live in Greenville and have two grown children.

Norman F. Pulliam, Sr. ’64

Norman F. Pulliam Sr. of Spartanburg has been presented with the 2015 Distinguished ServiceDSAVideoPulliam Award, the association’s highest honor.

Pulliam is a 1964 graduate of Clemson, who was president of the student senate, president of the Blue Key Honor Society and winner of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, which honors service to campus and community. He received his MBA from Harvard University in 1967.

After graduating, Pulliam became a successful businessman, developing over half a billion dollars worth of properties throughout the southeast – primarily apartments and senior housing – as founder and president of Pulliam Investment Company Inc. for over 35 years. He has been very involved in his community, serving as either chairman or president for many organizations in Spartanburg, including the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Spartanburg Development Council, and the Spartanburg Boy’s Home. He is the former chairman and current trustee of the Spartanburg Regional Hospital Foundation, and currently serves on the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Board of Directors.

Pulliam continued his dedication to Clemson by providing the initial funding for the Clemson Masters of Real Estate Development program. He is a past member of the Clemson Board of Visitors, the Clemson Alumni Association Board of Directors and is a longtime major IPTAY supporter.

In 1985, he was awarded the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian award for extraordinary lifetime service and achievements of national and statewide significance.

In her letter supporting Pulliam’s nomination for the DSA, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said, “As a Clemson alumnus and citizen of the Palmetto State, Mr. Pulliam exemplifies servant leadership and civic engagement in the highest form.”

Pulliam lives in Spartanburg with his wife, Jo. They have three grown children – Tracey Rogers of Pawleys Island, Norman Pulliam Jr. of Spartanburg, and Thomas Pulliam of Greenville – and three grandchildren.

Daniel C. Stanzione Sr.

Daniel C. Stanzione Sr.

Distinguished Service Award honorees demonstrate a dedication to enhancing the value of the university for future generations, professional and public service and personal accomplishments that serve as a model for present and future Clemson students.

Stanzione earned his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Clemson in 1967. He received his graduate degrees from Clemson as well — a master’s in environmental systems engineering in 1968 and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science in 1972.

Stanzione is president emeritus at Bell Laboratories. He began his career at Bell in 1972 and served as president from 1995 to 1999. He also served as president of business units within AT&T in the late 1980s and early 1990s and as COO of Lucent Technologies from 1997 to 1999. He continues to serve as a director or adviser for several other public technology companies. Stanzione is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He has published several papers on computer simulation, microprocessors and software design and holds five patents.

Stanzione is a member of the Clemson University Foundation board of directors and has served on the corporate and foundation relations committee of The Will to Lead capital campaign. He made a donation to endow the Stanzione Endowed Scholars program, which benefits women majoring in engineering. He is a founding member of the Clemson Leadership Circle and Barker Scholars Endowment, a member of the Clemson Legacy Society, a member of the John C. Calhoun Society and was elected to the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers. He also served on President Barker’s Advisory Board.

Stanzione is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He recently married Lisa Votta and has three children.

Thomas C. Alexander

Steve C. Griffith Jr.

The Clemson Alumni Association has recognized Steve C. Griffith Jr. of Prosperity as one of four recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor.

Distinguished Service Award honorees demonstrate a dedication to enhancing the value of the university for future generations, professional and public service and personal accomplishments that serve as a model for present and future Clemson students.

Griffith graduated from Clemson in 1954 and from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1959. He retired as general counsel and vice chairman of Duke Power in 1997 after 30 years with the company. Prior to joining Duke Power, he practiced law in Newberry from 1959 to 1964 and served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1960 to 1962.

In 1988, Griffith was appointed by President Ronald Regan to chair the Presidential Commission on Catastrophic Nuclear Accidents. He also served on the board of directors for Nuclear Mutual Limited from 1988 to 1997. He chaired the American Bar Association section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law in 1994.

Griffith led a campaign among Clemson alumni who worked at Duke Power to make donations to Clemson; those donations were matched by Duke Power and led to the establishment of an endowed chair position in engineering. Griffith has donated annually to the Clemson Fund since his graduation and has been an IPTAY member since 1976.

Griffith supported and donated money in 1988 to start the Clemson Crew men’s and women’s rowing teams. Later women’s rowing became a varsity sport at Clemson. Today, he is affectionately known as the “Father of the Rowing Team.”

Griffith served on the Clemson Board of Visitors from 1983 to 1985 and on the Clemson University Foundation board of directors from 1989 to 1993.

Griffith has been active in service to his community, both in the Charlotte, N.C., area and in Newberry County. In 1989, he chaired Charlotte’s Arts and Science Campaign, which raised nearly $2 million. He helped establish the Lawyers Volunteer Program for the Charlotte Bar Association, and Duke Power’s legal department received a special recognition award from the N.C. Bar Association for having full staff participation in this program. In 1995, Griffith received the Robinson Award, Duke Power’s highest honor, for his work to help establish a homeless shelter.

Thomas C. Alexander

Charles E. Dalton

The Clemson Alumni Association has recognized Charles E. Dalton of Greenville as one of four recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor.

Distinguished Service Award honorees demonstrate a dedication to enhancing the value of the university for future generations, professional and public service and personal accomplishments that serve as a model for present and future Clemson students.

Dalton graduated from Clemson in 1964. He has served as president and CEO of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative Inc. since 1982. Since 1992, he has also served as president and CEO of Blue Ridge Security Solutions. Prior to that, he and his brother, Allison Dalton, owned and operated Dalton’s Incorporated in Pickens, a high-end furniture store that once provided the décor for portions of both the Clemson House and the Clemson president’s home.

Dalton served on the Clemson Alumni Association board as well as the Clemson University Foundation board of directors. He has been an annual donor to the Clemson Fund for more than 35 years, and gave a major gift to the WestZone project as part of The Will to Lead capital campaign.

Dalton recently completed serving a two-year term as the president of IPTAY, of which he has been a member for more than 40 years. He previously served IPTAY as its treasurer, secretary and president-elect.

Dalton is serving or has recently served on the boards of directors for many Upstate agencies, including the Upstate Alliance of South Carolina, Cannon Memorial Hospital, the Greenville chapter of the American Red Cross, the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, Innovate Anderson and the Peace Center. He has also served many years on the South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission.

Because of his efforts to bring jobs to Pickens County, he was named a South Carolina Development Ally in 2005. He received the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Better Business Bureau and Individual Initiative Award from the governor of South Carolina.

Dalton and his wife, Libby, have three children, all Clemson alumni.

Thomas C. Alexander

Thomas C. Alexander

The Clemson Alumni Association has recognized Thomas C. Alexander of Walhalla as one of four recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor.

Distinguished Service Award honorees demonstrate a dedication to enhancing the value of the university for future generations; professional and public service; and personal accomplishments that serve as a model for present and future Clemson students.

Alexander graduated from Clemson in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He has served as the senator for South Carolina Senate District 1 since 1994. Prior to that, he served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1987 to 1994.

Alexander chairs the Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, as well as the Public Utility Review Committee. He also chairs the Health and Human Services Subcommittee and serves on the Senate Finance Committee, the Medical Affairs Committee, the Banking and Insurance Committee and the Joint Bond Review Committee. He holds multiple leadership positions in the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Alexander is also an entrepreneur, owning Alexander Office Supply in Oconee County.

During his Senate career, Alexander has been a strong supporter of Clemson through legislative initiatives to provide funding for Public Service Activities, the Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility at the Restoration Institute in North Charleston, new research facilities through the South Carolina Research University Infrastructure Act and endowed faculty positions through the SmartState Center of Economic Excellence Program.

He has been recognized with numerous awards over the years, most recently receiving the S.C. Lions Foundation Award, the S.C. Chamber of Commerce Business Advocate Award, the S.C. Commission for the Blind Foundation Legislator of the Year Award and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from MUSC. In 2012, he received the Legislative Leadership Award from the Clemson Board of Visitors.

Alexander is a member of Walhalla Presbyterian Church and is involved in many local civic organizations, including the Walhalla Chamber of Commerce and the Walhalla Lions Club. He and his wife Lynda have three daughters and 10 grandchildren.

William L. “Roy” Abercrombie Jr.

A 1969 graduate, Abercrombie is the former chief executive officer and president of American Federal Bank. After the company’s merger with Central Carolina Bank and Trust in 1997, he remained the executive vice president and vice chairman. He retired in 2003 and has been in commercial real estate for eight years and is chairman of Colliers International in Greenville.

Abercrombie has served as a chairman for multiple organizations, including the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the board of trustees for the Greenville Hospital System and the Community Financial Institutions of South Carolina. He is a board member for the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Over the years, Abercrombie has made significant contributions to several charities, including the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, the Salvation Army, the Hospice Foundation of America, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, United Way and YMCA. In 1996, Abercrombie was recognized by Greenville Magazine as the Business Person of the Year.

He is an active member of his church, where he is chairman of the Finance Committee and past chairman of the Administrative Board.

Abercrombie is a former member and chairman of the Clemson Board of Visitors and served on the Clemson University Foundation Board. He is a member of the university’s Real Estate Foundation board and is the chairman and founding director of the Clemson University Land Stewardship Foundation. He has served on the President’s Council and is an IPTAY life member, a Heisman Donor and has made significant contributions to the West End Zone project and the basketball program. He is a member of the President’s Leadership Circle and the Benjamin Ryan Tillman Society.

He and his wife, Mary Carol, have two children.

Russell Carlton Ashmore Jr.

Ashmore, who was president of Clemson’s Class of 1950, has continued to be an active member of the Clemson family. Over the years, Ashmore has donated to the Clemson Fund and is a Heisman-level donor to IPTAY.

In 1992, Ashmore worked to help save the Clemson ROTC program, organizing the Clemson Corps to raise funds to preserve both the program and Clemson’s military heritage. Ashmore, a military veteran, served as the Class of 1950 fundraising chairman for Military Heritage Plaza on Bowman Field and was a leader in the development of the Scroll of Honor Memorial.

Ashmore is active in his community. For two terms, he served as chairman of the board for the Greer Chamber of Commerce. He is an active board member for Partnership Tomorrow, a group invested in Greer’s economic well-being. In 2012, he was recognized by Gov. Nikki Haley with the Order of the Silver Crescent, which is given in recognition of those who make a significant contribution to a city or community.

In Fortaleza, Brazil, Ashmore helped establish the Davis Lars Children’s Home in 2000. In 2005, he also co-founded the Taylors Free Medical Clinic.

Ashmore was a member of the board of trustees of North Greenville University, serving four terms as chairman. The school awarded him an honorary doctorate in humanities in 1997.

Ashmore is an active member of Taylors First Baptist Church, where he has been a Sunday school teacher 25 years. He also has served on the board of deacons and other committees.

Ashmore is co-owner of Ashmore Brothers Inc., an Upstate leader in grading and paving since 1959. He previously worked as a plant manager for General Shale in Knoxville, Tenn.

Ashmore and his wife, Elma Ruth Stansell, have four children.


E. Mitchell “Mitch” Norville

A 1980 Clemson graduate, Norville recently retired as chief operating officer of Boston Properties in Boston, Mass., one of the largest self-managed real estate investment trusts specializing in the development and ownership of office, industrial and hotel properties in the United States. While there, he was a member Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee of The Real Estate Roundtable and the Office Technology Consortium. While working in Boston Properties’ Washington, D.C., office, he served on the board of directors for the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District.

Norville was on the Baltimore/Washington D.C. Clemson Club board for six years while living in Virginia and has contributed to the Clemson Annual Fund since 1980. He has contributed to the President’s Leadership Circle for the past three years and recently committed to endow a department chair in the College of Engineering and Science.

Norville has served on the board of directors for the Clemson University Foundation and is chairman of the Investment Committee. Norville also serves on the President’s Advisory Board and the Real Estate Development and Advancement Board. He has made significant financial contributions to IPTAY, the basketball program and the West End Zone, where he and his family have been honored with the naming of Gate 6 of Memorial Stadium the “Norville Family Gate.”

He and his wife, Carla, have three sons. Norville served 10 years as a coach for his sons’ football, basketball and baseball teams.

The other distinguished award winners are James Warren “Jimmy” Addison and Edgar James “Ed” Duckworth, both of Atlanta.

James Warren “Jimmy” Addison ’68


Edgar James “Ed” Duckworth ’61