Betty Holcombe named Honorary Alumna

Betty Holcombe Named Honorary Alumna

Betty Morgan Holcombe of Dallas, TX was recently honored by the Betty Holcombe named Honorary AlumnaClemson Alumni Association, receiving the prestigious title of “Honorary Alumna of Clemson University.” This special designation is reserved for dedicated supporters of Clemson University whose unwavering commitment to the university is unmistakable, even though they did not attend Clemson as a student.

While Betty herself did not enroll at Clemson, her life was profoundly influenced by the university. She spent her childhood on the Clemson campus, as both of her parents, J. Robert and Bertha Evans Morgan, were employed by the institution. During her teenage years, Betty even took on summer positions at Clemson.  As she approached time for college, Clemson was an all-male institution, so she pursued her English degree at Winthrop University, earning it in 1956. Later, in 1974, she obtained a master’s degree in liberal arts from Southern Methodist University.

Betty’s deep-seated belief in the value of education and lifelong learning led her to a career in teaching before starting her own family. She and her husband, Dr. Milton Holcombe ‘53, share a passion for supporting initiatives that directly benefit students, with a particular focus on Clemson.

JoVanna King, who nominated Betty, described her as “a tireless advocate for education, lifelong learning, and the preservation of history. Betty’s unwavering dedication to Clemson University embodies the university’s “Determined Spirit,” and her allegiance to Clemson remains steadfast.”

Together, the Holcombes made significant contributions to Clemson, including funding the first endowed chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1987 and establishing the Holcombe Scholars Program in 1997. They went on to endow the first named department at Clemson, the Milton W. Holcombe Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE). Additionally, they are members of the Trustee Oak Society and Benefactors of 1889. Their continued support for ECE led to the creation of the Milton W. and Betty M. Holcombe Fund for Excellence to promote and support research.  Most recently, Betty established the Robert and Bertha Morgan Family Scholarship Endowment to honor her parents.

Dr. Anand Gramopadhye, Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering, and Applied Science, lauded Betty as a role model for young women following in her footsteps, emphasizing her wholehearted embrace of her husband’s loyalty to and passion for Clemson University.

Beyond their contributions to ECE, the Holcombes have played pivotal roles in the establishment and restoration of Clemson’s Military Heritage Plaza. They also supported the Class of 1953 Golden Anniversary Scholarship Endowment and are founding partners of the James F. Barker and Marcia D. Barker Scholarship Endowment.

Wil Brasington, Chief Executive Officer of the Clemson Alumni Association, expressed deep appreciation for Betty’s recognition, noting that Honorary Alumni are a special group of individuals selected by Clemson Alumni for their exceptional dedication and passion, making them exemplary representatives of the Clemson Family.

Outside of Clemson, Betty has made significant contributions to her hometown in Pickens County by virtue of her involvement in historic preservation. Through the Milton W. and Betty M. Holcombe Foundation, she acquired her great-uncle’s home and donated it for the creation of the Central Heritage Museum.

Her support also extends to her alma mater, Winthrop University, where she established the Morgan-Holcombe Alumni Center and in honor of her lifelong friend and college roommate, endowed the Elizabeth Ernestine Carter Steedly Scholarship, benefiting education majors from Bamberg, SC. Betty further funded two additional endowed scholarships, the Betty Morgan Holcombe Endowed Scholarship for Pickens County, and the Barbara Morgan Hay Endowed Scholarship in memory of her sister, also a Winthrop graduate.

The title of Honorary Alumna was presented to Betty surrounded by her family and friends. Clemson University Vice President for Advancement, Brian O’Rourke, Senior Associate Vice President for Development, JoVanna King, and Associate Executive Director of Marketing for the Clemson Alumni Association, Dana Morgan, were among those who bestowed this well-deserved recognition upon her. Her family’s Clemson legacy continues with her granddaughter, Kelley Wheeler, who is currently a Junior at Clemson.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association board of directors based on outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for the 2024 Honorary Alumnus designation are currently open and close January 31. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees, or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/honoraryalum.

Carla Norville with university president, Jim Clements, Clemson Alumni CEO, Wil Brasington, and Clemson Alumni Board Chair, Jeff Duckworth

Carla Searcy Norville Named Honorary Alumna of Clemson University

The Clemson Alumni Association recognized Carla Searcy Norville of Kiawah Island with the designation of Honorary Alumna of Clemson University. Carla Norville with university president, Jim Clements, Clemson Alumni CEO, Wil Brasington, and Clemson Alumni Board Chair, Jeff Duckworth The distinction of Honorary Alumnus/a is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

Carla’s devotion to Clemson began at a young age when her high school sweetheart, now husband, Mitch, began his career as a Mechanical Engineering student at Clemson. Carla attended College of Charleston and spent much of her free time in Tiger Town visiting her future husband and supporting Clemson athletics. Mitch and Carla married in 1982 and began to build their Clemson legacy.

Over the years, the impact she has made on Clemson has been often confused of that of a Clemson graduate. She has volunteered in various capacities throughout the years and provided financial support to many Clemson initiatives that she is passionate about.

Carla currently serves as Co-Chair for the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences Campaign Cabinet. Along with her husband, Carla is a dual Cornerstone Partner for Academics and Athletics. They also provided a generous gift to support the development of the Ernest R. Norville Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering.

Carla’s dedication extends beyond Clemson’s campus. She has devoted her time to the annual arts gala, championed by Clemson’s former first lady, Marcia Barker. Although only one of her biological children attended Clemson, her youngest son Taylor, Carla is affectionately regarded as a second mother by many current and former students. She has opened her home, hosted tailgates, and provided support and quiet study spaces as needed. To the Clemson Men’s Basketball team, she is also lovingly known as “Mom,” passionately cheering them on from courtside seats or wherever the team’s journey takes them.

Wil Brasington, Executive Director of the Clemson Alumni Association, expressed, “It is a privilege to honor Carla in this manner. Honorary Alumni are a select group chosen by Clemson Alumni themselves. Those chosen exemplify unwavering dedication and passion for the Clemson Family.”

Carla is also deeply committed to serving her local community. During their time in Virginia, she served as president of the Forestville Elementary School PTA and chaired various fundraisers at Langley High School. She has also dedicated her time to the Wellesley Service League, a nonprofit organization focused on providing volunteer services to the community, spanning areas such as education, children, the elderly, culture, and other charitable interests. Since her return to SC, Carla has served on the Artisphere Board of Directors.

Carla celebrates with her familyThe Honorary Alumna designation was presented to Carla while surrounded by her family and friends by Clemson Alumni Association Board of Directors Chair, Jeff Duckworth, Clemson University President Jim Clements; Vice President for Advancement, Brian O’Rourke and CEO of the Clemson Alumni Association, Wil Brasington, at the Norville’s tailgate prior to a home football game.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association board of directors on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for the 2024 Honorary Alumnus/a designation open in October and close January 31. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/honoraryalum.

Charlie Barker and Clemson Leadership as he is presented the designation of Honorary Alumnus

Charlie Barker Named Honorary Alumnus

The Clemson Alumni Association recognized Charlie Barker of Virginia Beach, VA Charlie Barker and Clemson Leadership as he is presented the designation of Honorary Alumnuswith the designation of Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University. The Honorary Alumnus designation is a special recognition reserved for unwavering supporters of Clemson whose passion for the university is undeniable, even though they never officially attended Clemson.

Charlie Barker forged a highly successful career spanning over 40 years in the automotive industry. His accomplishments include being named Newsweek Magazine’s Top Dealer of the Year in 2004 and receiving Time Magazine’s Quality Dealer Award for Virginia in 2005. He was also inducted into the Hampton Roads Business Hall of Fame, named First Citizen of Virginia Beach and is a recipient of the Tidewater Humanitarian Award presented by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Throughout his career, Charlie gained recognition for his exceptional business acumen and his significant contributions to community leadership.

Charlie’s impact on Clemson University extends deeply, as his granddaughter, whom he and his wife Suzie adopted at the age of 6, now proudly calls Clemson her alma mater. Charlie’s commitment was evident as he became the inaugural Pillar Donor for the Cadden Chapel and played a pivotal role in securing additional substantial donations for the project. He lent his support to the first ClemsonLIFE prom and made consistent annual contributions to the program. Charlie serves on the President’s Advisory Board and acted as an Honorary Chair of the Student Affairs Gala. He is also a former PAW Journey Mentor. Charlie also serves on the Committee on Philanthropy at Clemson and is a Cornerstone Partner. In recognition of his family’s dedication, Clemson honored them as the “Family of the Year” in 2016. Additionally, Charlie has generously provided tuition completion funds to students in need.

Michael Nieri, a Clemson alum from the class of 1986 and the president and founder of Great Southern Homes, attested, “Charlie is fiercely committed to Clemson… While he did not attend the university, he has undoubtedly committed more time, energy, and financial support to Clemson than most graduates.”

Charlie Barker and his familyCharlie Barker’s commitment to education extends beyond Clemson. He serves as the chair for An Achievable Dream, a school in Virginia Beach, VA, catering to students from economically challenged backgrounds. He also provides needs-based scholarships to eligible students at An Achievable Dream who choose to attend Clemson. Moreover, he dedicated six years of service as a Board Member and Treasurer of the Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, Florida.

Wil Brasington, the Chief Executive Officer of the Clemson Alumni Association (CAA), lauded Charlie’s unwavering dedication, stating, “Charlie has treated Clemson as if it is his own alma mater, and through his support, our university can continue to have an impact on future generations of Tigers.”

The Honorary Alumnus designation was personally presented to Charlie at his residence in Clemson, surrounded by his family and friends. The ceremony included the presence of Jeff Duckworth, Chair of the CAA Board of Directors; Wil Brasington, CAA CEO; Clemson University President Jim Clements; and Vice President for Advancement, Brian O’Rourke.

Honorary alumni are carefully selected by the Alumni Association board of directors based on their exceptional service, lifelong devotion, and unwavering loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for the 2024 Honorary Alumnus/a designation will be open from October to January 31. To nominate a deserving individual, review past honorees, or access award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/honoraryalum.

Kaye McElveen Stanzione poses with VP of Advancement, Brian O'Rourke and Clemson Alumni Board Chair, Jeff Duckworth

Kaye McElveen Stanzione Named Honorary Clemson Alumna

The Clemson Alumni Association recognized Kaye McElveen Stanzione of Alpharetta, GA with the designation of Honorary Kaye McElveen Stanzione poses with VP of Advancement, Brian O'Rourke and Clemson Alumni Board Chair, Jeff DuckworthAlumna of Clemson University. The distinction of Honorary Alumnus/a is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

Although she never attended Clemson University as a student, it is clear to see the impact Kaye Stanzione has had on the university she has chosen to love and support. Kaye is a Columbia College graduate. She and her husband Bob were married during his senior year at Clemson and Kaye taught school in Westminster until he completed his engineering degree. Since that time, Kaye has been an avid Clemson supporter. Her heart for Clemson has grown in many ways over the years, especially as a mother and grandmother. All three of Kaye’s children and several of her grandchildren have attended Clemson.

Kaye has been a strong advocate for Clemson fundraising efforts, even offering her time to meet with investors and stakeholders in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences (CECAS). She has even made a mark as a dedicated member of the ClemsonLIFE Advisory Board. She is actively engaged in ClemsonLIFE activities helping those students learn independent living skills. As stated by the Executive Director of ClemsonLIFE, Joe Ryan, Kaye offers the “benefits of her skills, guidance and knowledge.” He continued, “she has provided us with critical insights and advice regarding fundraising, programmatic expansion, and with developing long-term strategic goals.”

Kaye’s financial contributions to Clemson have had a major impact on the ClemsonLIFE program as well as Clemson’s College of Arts and Humanities and the Brooks Center for Performing Arts. Her love for music inspired Kaye to support the purchase of multiple new Steinway pianos which lead to Clemson earning the All-Steinway School designation from Steinway & Sons, a special designation for institutions committed to owning a collection of the highest quality pianos. Clemson joins only 250 schools around the world with this designation.

Kaye McElveen Stanzione  poses with her family as she is presented with the designation of Honorary Alumna of Clemson UniversityClemson Alumni Association Executive Director, Wil Brasington, stated, “It is an honor to be able to recognize Kaye in this way. Honorary Alumni are a special group of people who are chosen by Clemson Alumni. Those who are selected are a dedicated and passionate example of the Clemson Family.”

Kaye is also committed to supporting her local community as evidenced by her recognition with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Kaye while surrounded by her family and friends by Clemson Alumni Association Board of Directors Chair, Jeff Duckworth, Clemson University President Jim Clements; and Vice President for Advancement, Brian O’Rourke.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association board of directors on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for the 2024 Honorary Alumnus/a designation open in October and close January 31. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/honoraryalum.

Barbara Ann “Bobbi” Porch Swann Named Honorary Alumna

The Clemson Alumni Association recently recognized Barbara Ann “Bobbi” Porch Swann of Greenville, SC with the designation of Honorary Alumna of Clemson University. The distinction of Honorary Alumnus/a is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

Bobbi Swann has had a significant impact on the success of Clemson University for many years. A graduate of Ohio University, Swann is a former teacher having taught 3rd and 4th grade. She is the mother of three Clemson graduates, Erin Swann ’92, Audrey Melzer ’95 and Ted Swann ‘97. She currently has two granddaughters who attend Clemson.

Swann has dedicated her time, talent, and treasure to Clemson since marrying her husband, a 1963 graduate, Joe Swann. As told by her daughter, Erin, her father’s love for Clemson was contagious and her mother was “converted immediately. Her blood runs a deep, deep orange to this day.”

She is an enthusiastic Clemson sports supporter, always ready to don her orange and cheer on the team, whether it be a football, basketball, or soccer game. When she is unable to attend, you will find her in the kitchen listening to the game while she cooks.

Swann has faithfully served alongside her husband as a Board of Trustee spouse for 32 years, and previously as a Board of Visitor spouse. The Swann family provided a Cornerstone Gift to Clemson Athletics of $3.3 million for the development of the Swann Pavilion, which includes a practice court, locker rooms and coaches’ offices for the basketball program in Littlejohn Coliseum. The Swann family also contributed to the Swann Fitness Center on Clemson’s campus, an endowment of the men’s soccer coaching position, and an endowment to provide tutoring for freshmen.

Clemson Alumni Association Executive Director, Wil Brasington, stated, “Bobbi is a prime example of a dedicated Tiger. She has embraced Clemson as her family, and we are proud to take this moment to let her know how much she is appreciated by recognizing her with the distinction of Honorary Alumna.”

Swann is also a servant-leader within her community, serving as an emeritus board member for the Meyer Center for Special Children; co-chair of the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball; an Above All Ministries Bible study leader and facilitator; and a Circle 555 membership committee member.

The Honorary Alumna designation was presented to Swann while surrounded by her family and friends by Wil Brasington and alumni association board chair, Jeff Duckworth, in the Board of Trustee’s suite at the Syracuse football game during Homecoming festivities. She was completely surprised but very appreciative.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association board of directors on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for the 2023 Honorary Alumnus/a designation open in October and close January 31. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/honoraryalum.

Bart Proctor Named Honorary Alumnus

The Clemson Alumni Association recognized Barton A. “Bart” Proctor of Key West, FL with the designation of Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University. The distinction of Honorary Alumnus/a is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

Bart Proctor has had a significant impact on the fundraising efforts of Clemson University for many years. A 1985 graduate of the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, Proctor is the father of three Clemson graduates, Libby Miller ‘13, Hannah Bennett ‘16 and Katherine Proctor ‘20. His sons-in-law Byrd Miller and Connor Bennett are also Clemson graduates. Proctor has been a dedicated servant to Clemson since his oldest daughter Libby began her degree. Libby, Byrd and Connor also earned graduate degrees from Clemson.

Proctor is the CEO and managing partner of Pye-Barker Fire and Safety, an industry leader in fire protection services and equipment. With over 150 locations across the United States and approximately 4,500 employees, Pye-Barker is one of the fastest growing companies in the country.

One of the first ways Proctor began his support for the future of Clemson University was by serving as the chair for the Littlejohn Coliseum Campaign Committee. Clemson’s men’s basketball coach, Brad Brownell, described Proctor as “truly one of our best: a leader, a citizen and a donor.” He stated, “I imagine most people in our basketball family circle would not have the slightest idea that Bart actually attended another institution.”

Proctor has volunteered on the Clemson University Foundation and the Order of the Oak Board of Directors. He is a former member of the Clemson Athletics Campaign Cabinet and is the first non-Clemson graduate Cornerstone Partner, contributing $2.5M in cumulative gifts to the basketball program.

Clemson Alumni Association Executive Director, Wil Brasington, stated, “The type of dedication and service that Bart has committed to Clemson is usually seen only in those who have earned a degree from our institution. The Honorary Alumnus designation is an opportunity for us to recognize those special members of the Clemson Family who have made a great impact on our university without receiving that degree. It is an honor to be able to recognize Bart in this way.”

In addition to his support for Clemson University, Proctor has served on the boards of the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center (DNLCC); Life Resources in Mt. Pleasant, SC; and the Ashley Hall School.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Proctor while surrounded by his family and friends by Wil Brasington; Clemson University President Jim Clements; Men’s Basketball Coach, Brad Brownell; Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, Max Allen; and Aaron Dunham, Senior Associate Director of IPTAY Major Gifts.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association board of directors on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for the 2023 Honorary Alumnus/a designation open in October and close January 31. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alum

Dave and Lynette Snow Named Honorary Clemson Alumni

The Clemson Family is made up of people from all different backgrounds, professions and demographics. They are friends and supporters. They are graduates and lifelong fans. And at the heart of the Clemson Family is our alumni. They are those who stand proudly and say, “I went to Clemson.” They know firsthand the wealth of opportunities being a Clemson Tiger provides. And because Clemson provides students with an exceptional education and the one-of-a-kind Clemson Experience, the University can always count on them to be its strongest advocates and give back to the University in any capacity they can as alumni. From mentoring current students to providing financial support to cheering for our Athletics in competition, they are always there for their fellow Tigers – sharing their time, talent and treasure with future generations of Clemson students.

Given their outstanding service, unwavering dedication and commitment and their loyalty to Clemson, many are surprised to learn that David (Dave) and Lynette Snow are not Clemson alumni.

Dave and Lynette first visited Clemson with their daughter Ashley ‘15 who was considering becoming a Tiger. It was Spring Game weekend on campus; Zac Brown was performing at Littlejohn Coliseum; and it was a perfect, beautiful spring weekend – the type of weekend that the Clemson Family knows well. Ashley was immediately sold on Clemson. Throughout the weekend, Dave and Lynette began to see what is special about Clemson. And throughout Ashley’s time on campus, they continued to see the bond among Tigers. Ashley was embraced, nurtured and challenged.

Since then, Dave and Lynette have been “All In” for Clemson, seeing that “there is something in these hills.” Today, when they come to campus, they feel that they are “home.” As Clemson parents, they offered their support with the goal of wholeheartedly supporting Clemson students and providing them with a phenomenal Clemson Experience. And now as parents of a Clemson alumna, they have continued to devote themselves to Clemson by providing support for future generations of Tigers. Their thoughtful generosity has allowed Clemson to develop facilities, programs and services that have transformed the recreation, leisure and wellness aspect of student and community life. Their passion for improving the quality of life for Clemson students is a model to all within the Clemson Family.

In 2014, Dave and Lynette graciously gave a $2.4 million gift to support student recreation areas and programs. In recognition of this gift – the largest to the University from parents who are not Clemson alumni – the University’s recreation area on Highway 93 was named Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center. In September 2016, recognizing that the project needed a boost, the Snows pledged to match up to $1 million in funds raised to complete the intramural field complex on Lake Hartwell. This match, known as the Snow Challenge, led to an additional $1 million in gifts from new donors.

College students say the benefits of recreational sports include emotional well-being, stress reduction, workload management and improvement of their overall happiness and self-confidence, and the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center offers an environment to facilitate the physical, mental and social development for Clemson students.

The center provides an active learning environment for experiential education, environmental awareness programs, recreational skills and life skills in leadership, community development and employment. Activities include club sport and intramural play, outdoor recreation classes, instruction

and guided trips, leisure skills classes, leisure recreation and major events. The center offers the Clemson community amenities to enjoy year-round.

The Snow family’s dedication to the University and Clemson students has set the bar for the future. Through the Snow Challenge, Dave and Lynette not only fulfilled their passion for giving but also their passion for inspiring others. They have always felt compelled to lead by example, and they are inspiring others through their thoughtful generosity.

In their letter nominating Dave and Lynette to be recognized as Clemson Honorary Alumni, Rich and Kelly Davies wrote:

“When we think about the Clemson legacy, we immediately think of Dave and Lynette. The Snow family’s legacy will forever be a part of our University’s legacy – a name recognized by thousands of students across generations. A name Clemson students associate with their fondest Clemson Experiences. From days on the shores of Lake Hartwell to evenings around the fire pit, the Snows are ensuring that Clemson students have a place to enjoy life – a place to make lifelong friends and unforgettable memories.”

Collectively, Dave and Lynette have six higher education degrees, and even though Clemson is not on that list, they give generously to the University. This is because they believe in Clemson’s mission, and they trust the University’s leadership, faculty, staff and students to make sure it is fulfilled. Dave always says that he believes in life you must pursue a “noble cause,” and he and Lynette have found that Clemson is among the noblest causes.

Dave and Lynette have given more than $3.5 million cumulatively to Clemson. But their commitment to Clemson extends far beyond their financial contributions. They also give graciously of their time and talent. The couple chaired the Vice President of Student Affairs Executive Council for Student Affairs, and they currently serve on the Committee on Philanthropy. Dave also serves on the Clemson Capitalism Institute Board and President Clements’ Advisory Board.

Dave graduated from Bates College in 1976 with a degree in economics. He then attended the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 1978 and graduated from the Master of Health Administration program. During his time in the MHA program, Dave met Lynette, a nursing student from East Carolina University doing her summer internship at Duke Hospital.

Throughout his career, Dave has led pharmacy benefit managers, health plans, hospitals and physician groups. He began his career in hospital administration before moving on to run health plans. Dave is currently the Chairman and CEO of Cedar Gate Technologies, Inc., a health care predictive and prescriptive analytics company that he founded in 2014. The strategic intent of the company is to acquire and build the talent, software and services required to provide world-class health care analytics to integrated delivery systems and accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Lynette graduated from East Carolina University’s nursing program and then received her master’s from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked as a geriatric nurse practitioner for several years and then shifted her focus to raising two successful daughters, Lauren and Ashley, and keeping the family’s life at home grounded. Lauren graduated from Elon University in 2015, and Ashley graduated from Clemson in 2015 with a degree in marketing. Lauren received a master’s degree in Nutrition Science and Food Policy from Tufts University’s Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and

Ashley followed in her father’s footsteps, graduating from Fuqua School of Business with a Master of Management Studies degree.

When Clemson calls on Dave and Lynette, they answer – often even greater than asked. They know the importance of family. They know how working together as ONE Clemson Family yields the greatest success, and they feel the importance of supporting family. This made them a great fit within our Clemson Family.

Dave and Lynette Snow have done remarkable things for Clemson, and they do it humbly and with immense grace. They believe in the Clemson Family. They are the Clemson Family. Dave and Lynette bleed orange.

Cheri Phyfer ’93, Senior Vice President and Group President for Fortune Brands and Clemson University Board of Trustees member, said in her nomination letter:

“Their thoughtful hearts and business minds have made – and will continue to make – Clemson a better place for generations to come. Dave is a brilliant businessman, and he brings that knowledge and perspective to Clemson. He is engaging and asks thoughtful questions. Lynette is smart, positive and engaging – a perfect fit among the Clemson Family.”

The Clemson Alumni Association is recognizing Dave and Lynette as Honorary Alumni to honor them for everything they have done for Clemson – and continue to do – to impact Clemson students today, tomorrow and forever. The distinction of Honorary Alum is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson. These individuals provide outstanding service to Clemson and/or the Alumni Association, lifelong devotion to Clemson University and demonstrate loyalty to Clemson and the Alumni Association

Andrew Bernard “Andy” Cajka Jr. Named Honorary Alumnus

The Clemson Alumni Association recently honored Andrew Bernard “Andy” Cajka Jr. with the designation of Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University. The distinction of Honorary Alumnus/a is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

Andy Cajka has been an enthusiastic supporter and volunteer of Clemson University for many years. A 1982 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Cajka settled in Greenville, SC with his family and immediately began building connections in the Greenville, Spartanburg and Clemson communities.

Cajka is the founder and president of the Southern Hospitality Group, LLC, a hotel management and development company in Greenville. He and his company were engaged by Clemson University in an effort to acquire a professional hotel management group to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Clemson University Complex Corporation which includes the James F. Martin Inn, the Clyde V. Madren Conference Center and the John E. Walker Sr. Golf Course. In this role, Cajka was faced with developing creative ways to address campus housing concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through his leadership, the Martin Inn provided special accommodations for student athletes during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Graham Neff, Clemson University Athletic Director, “this effort proved to be vital not only for COVID mitigation controls, but also turned a negative student experience necessity into a positive opportunity.”

Cajka has shown his support for the future of Clemson University by commissioning and financially fronting an architectural design and site study which served as the catalyst for the proposed Clemson Alumni and Visitor’s Center which will be located on the conference center campus.

He has volunteered on the Clemson University Research Foundation Board of Directors for more than a decade, serving as its chairman since 2019. He has lectured on entrepreneurship in the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business and provided unrestricted gifts to support the president’s initiative to provide completion grants to students who have a financial need arise during their time at Clemson. Cajka also supported various events including the Clemson Hoops Basketball Reception, the Cadden Chapel Run fundraiser and the First Tee National Golf Tournament. He also played a role in the planning of the Clemson Men of Color conference and provides assistance to the Hospitality Management curriculum In the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Department at Clemson.

Clemson Alumni Association Executive Director, Wil Brasington, stated, “Andy is a prime example of why the alumni association created the designation of Honorary Alumnus. He has served Clemson as if it were his alma mater and in turn has had an incredible impact on the university and our students.”

In addition to his support for Clemson University, Cajka has served on the boards of Southern First Bank, Visit Greenville, One Spartanburg, is a graduate of Leadership South Carolina and helped to found St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

The Honorary Alumnus/a designation was presented to Cajka while surrounded by his family and friends during the Clemson vs. Furman game. Wil Brasington was joined by Clemson Alumni Association board Chair Jeff Duckworth, vice president for Advancement Brian O’Rourke, and university president Jim Clements, in presenting Cajka with the honor along with a host of Clemson staff and friends.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association board of directors on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for the 2023 Honorary Alumnus/a designation open in October and close January 31. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/honoraryalum.

 

Linda Watt named Honorary Alumna

The Clemson Alumni Association recently honored Linda Griffin Watt with the designation of Honorary Alumna of Clemson University. The distinction of Honorary Alumnus/a is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

Linda Watt has long been recognized as the quiet force behind the Watt family. A graduate of Northern Virginia Community College, Linda supported her husband, Charles, class of 1959, in his entrepreneurial endeavors while she served as a Labor and Delivery Nurse in both Fairfax, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina.

Watt and her husband have supported Clemson University for many years through their time, their talents and their treasure. Together, along with their family, Charles and Linda funded the Watt Family Innovation Center and the Watt Family Innovation Center Technology Fund. They provided the financial support for the first scanning electron-microscope at Clemson in the Electrical Engineering Department. Linda and Charles are founding members of the Barker Scholarship Endowment and are members of the President’s Leadership Circle, the Provost’s Excellence Fund and the Thomas Green Clemson Society.

Although Linda never attended Clemson, she is known as being one of the university’s biggest supporters, encouraging her children and grandchildren to continue the family legacy at Clemson. Both of her sons, Steve and Michael, attended Clemson as did both of their spouses and five of her grandchildren.

“Linda Watt is a Tiger who has never sought the spotlight for herself and her contributions have always been behind the scenes,” said Clemson University President Emeritus, Jim Barker. “Yet, I know of no member of the Clemson family who is more committed, more focused and more dedicated to Clemson than Linda Watt. She has raised her family so that they feel her love of our school and they have carried her dedication into their own lives and passed it into their own families.”

The Honorary Alumnus/a designation was presented to Linda while surrounded by her family during the Clemson vs. Florida State in the Watt Family Suite. The Clemson Alumni Association Executive Director, Wil Brasington, alumni board president, Gregg Morton, and university president, Jim Clements, presented her with the honor along with a host of Clemson staff and friends.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2022 Honorary Alumni are open and close December 31. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/honoraryalum.

Clemson University President and First Lady Named Honorary Clemson Alumni

Clemson University President and First Lady Named Honorary Clemson Alumni

James P. Clements and Beth S. Clements have been named honorary alumni of Clemson University. Both were recognized with this designation in a special presentation following the Board of Trustees meeting on October 1, 2021.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, Clements became the 15th president of Clemson University in 2013. He is a nationally recognized leader in higher education who is leading Clemson to unprecedented levels of achievement.

During Clements’ tenure as president, Clemson has set records in applications, retention rates, graduation rates, fundraising, research funding, academic quality, diversity and athletic success. Applications to Clemson have reached a record high of more than 47,000. He has also helped raise more than $1.2 billion dollars in private funds for the university. Approximately $1 billion in new or renovated facilities have been constructed under Clements’ leadership.

Beth is a graduate of Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master of Education degree in reading. She is a board member for ClemsonLIFE, a program designed for students with intellectual disabilities.

The Clements have four children, 2 sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren with another granddaughter on the way.

“Clemson is a special place with special people, and we feel incredibly blessed to be a part of it,” said Jim Clements. “To be officially named honorary alumni and able to wear the Clemson Ring is a huge honor. I am so grateful to the entire Clemson Family for the way they have embraced us and our entire family these past eight years.”

“What an incredible honor! I’ll wear my ring proudly,” said Beth Clements. “Serving Clemson University is a privilege, and I feel blessed to be an honorary alumna.”

Gregg Morton ‘78, board chair of Clemson Alumni Association stated, “Jim and Beth are true Clemson Tigers and richly deserve this honor. They are the perfect fit for our loyal and passionate alumni family.”

The Clemson Alumni Association president-elect, Jeff Duckworth ‘88, and Executive Director, Wil Brasington ‘00, presented the honor to the Clements during a reception attended by their family, members of the Board of Trustees and various faculty and staff.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. To see past honorary alumni or to view the award guidelines, visit the honorary alumni web page at https://alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni/.

Dr. Delphine Dean Named Honorary Alumna

Dr. Delphine Dean Named Honorary Alumna

The Clemson Alumni Association recently honored Dr. Delphine Dean with the designation of Honorary Alumna of Clemson University, Class of 2021. The distinction of Honorary Alum is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

Dean is currently the Ron and Jane Lindsay Family Innovation Professor of Bioengineering at Clemson University. She earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dean set up Clemson’s first high complexity clinical diagnostics (CLIA) lab on campus to run all of the University’s COVID-19 screening tests. The lab runs over 3,000 tests a day, which includes all of Clemson’s COVID-19 surveillance testing as well as testing for the community.

Her lab leads a wide range of studies focused on understanding mechanics and interactions of biological systems. Her expertise is in nano- to micro-scale characterization of biological tissues including experimental techniques such as atomic force microscopy and mathematical modeling such as finite element analysis. In addition to the basic science work in the lab, Dean works on several applied translational design projects primarily aimed at enabling healthcare in low-resource areas in the U.S., Tanzania and India.

Dean is the recipient of the 2011 Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry for her work in mentoring undergraduates at Clemson, where she currently mentors over 50 undergraduate students in creative inquiry research and design teams. These student teams work on a variety of projects, from understanding the effect of ionizing radiation on tissue to developing medical technology for the developing world. She is also the recipient of the Class of ’39 Award for Excellence.

The Honorary Alumna designation was presented to Dean during the Class of ’39 Award for Excellence reception. Clemson Alumni Association president, Gregg Morton, and board president-elect, Jeff Duckworth, presented Dean with this honor.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations open in the Fall of each year and close on December 31. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Dr. Mary E. Kurz Named Honorary Alumna

Dr. Mary E. Kurz Named Honorary Alumna

The Clemson Alumni Association recently honored Dr. Mary E. Kurz with the designation of Honorary Alumna of Clemson University, Class of 2021. The distinction of Honorary Alum is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

Kurz earned both a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Systems Engineering in 1995 and 1997, respectively, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Systems and Industrial Engineering in 2001 – all from the University of Arizona.

Kurz came to Clemson in 2001 where her research focuses on tactical decision-making in assembly systems, focusing on production planning and control topics, such as sequencing, line balancing and configuration management, for customizable products. She is an active adviser in Creative Inquiry and on undergraduate honors theses, master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. Additionally, she was president of the Faculty Senate and chaired its policy committee.

Kurz has been deeply involved with the Clemson Aquatic Team, as both the chair of the board and the meet director, providing leadership in activities like swim meets at Fike or Lake Hartwell that regularly bring hundreds of swimmers to Clemson and an ongoing aquatic center feasibility study for a permanent home for Clemson Aquatic Team.

Through leadership activities on campus, Kurz developed skills that have transferred to community group. In the community, she has been engaged with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Clemson’s endowment committee and a just-graduated girl scout troop. For many years, she coordinated the Engineering Expo with second graders at Clemson Elementary.

Her research has been disseminated in over 80 journal articles and conference proceedings, involving funding of over $4.8 million in her career thus far. Dr. Kurz also engages with outreach activities funded by the National Science Foundation, currently with the ADVANCE grant, the SPECTRA S-STEM program and the THINKER NRT. Each of these projects are focused on increasing the impact of engineering education and educators.

Kurz has received the Class of ’39 Award for Excellence, the Esin Gulari Leadership and Service Award, the Alan Schaffer Faculty Senate Service Award and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Excellence in Service.

The Honorary Alumna designation was presented to Kurz during the Class of ’39 Award for Excellence reception. Clemson Alumni Association president, Gregg Morton, and board president-elect, Jeff Duckworth, presented Kurz with this honor.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations open in the Fall of each year and close on December 31. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Robyn Nieri Named Honorary Alumna

The Clemson Alumni Association recently honored Robyn Twine Nieri with the designation of Honorary Alumna of Clemson University. The distinction of Honorary Alum is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

Nieri graduated with a Child Development and Family Relations degree with a minor in Child Psychology and in Social Welfare from East Carolina University in 1989. She began her career as the director of several of the Columbia-based GLEAMNS Human Resource Commission program Head Start centers, a community-based organization designed to assist low-income individuals and families in achieving and maintaining self-sufficiency. GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission, Inc. serves Greenwood, Laurens, Edgefield, Abbeville, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda Counties.

Nieri, known to many as “Clemson Mom,” has dedicated much time and service to Clemson University over the years, especially when her three children, Pennington West Nieri ‘15, Maigan Nieri Lincks ‘18, and Patrick Michael Nieri ‘19, were students. Along with her husband Michael, Nieri’s philanthropic efforts as an Athletics Cornerstone Member provided funding for the Nieri Family Student-Athlete Enrichment Center. Their support as an Academic Cornerstone Member provided funding for The Nieri Family Department of Construction Science and Management. Nieri also lends her support to head football coach Dabo Swinney’s “All In Ball,” and serves as a member of the Clemson University’s Committee on Philanthropy.

Nieri currently serves as a community volunteer on the board of directors for Camp Cole, a fully accessible camp and retreat facility for children and adults facing serious illnesses and other physical, mental, and emotional health or life challenges. She provided fundraising support and advocacy to help bring the camp to fruition after her close friend’s son, Cole Sawyer, the camp’s namesake, passed away. Nieri also volunteered and provided fundraising support for Cardinal Newman, her children’s high school, and for the Boy’s Farm Inc. in Newberry, SC, a nonprofit organization that provides unique foster care services for boys experiencing difficult family situations.

In addition to her volunteer efforts, Nieri supports the family business, Great Southern Homes, leading the family’s community outreach and philanthropic activities

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Nieri during the Clemson vs. Pittsburgh football game. Clemson Alumni Association Executive Director, Wil Brasington, board president, Gregg Morton, and Clemson University President, Jim Clements, along with various university staff, family and friends, joined the presentation to congratulate Nieri on this honor.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2021 Honorary Alumni are currently open and close on December 31. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Pamela Maddex Hendrix Named Honorary Alumna

The Clemson Alumni Association presented the Honorary Alumna distinction bestowed posthumously upon the late Pam Maddex Hendrix of Kiawah Island, SC, to her husband Bill, and all of her children and grandchildren.

The Clemson Alumni Association presented the Honorary Alumna distinction bestowed posthumously upon the late Pam Maddex Hendrix of Kiawah Island, SC, to her husband Bill, and all of her children and grandchildren.

Pam graduated from Winthrop University in 1965. Upon graduation, she traveled internationally and later married her husband, Leon “Bill” J. Hendrix in 1967. Once married, Pam and Bill lived on Clemson University’s campus and she worked for the University while Bill completed his degree. Through their marriage, Pam developed a deep loyalty and passion for Clemson.

Bill and Pam lived an adventurous life moving several times during Bill’s career; however, Pam always nurtured their family’s love and support for Clemson through their four children, Jill Ganzenmüller ’92, Joy Yonce ’93, Holly Cirrito ’95 and Jim Hendrix III ’98. All are proud Clemson graduates and along with their spouses they share 10 children who are loyal and devoted Clemson Tigers.

The example that Pam and Bill have shown through their generous support of Clemson has been extraordinary. Together, they have provided financial support for The Hendrix Student Center; The Hendrix Family Endowment for the Office for the Student Body President; The Class of 1963 Bridge to Clemson University Endowment; The President’s Leadership Circle; and The Emerging Scholars Program. They were Founding Partners for the James F. Barker and Marcia Barker Scholarship Endowment and distinguished members of the Trustee Oak Society.

The Hendrix Family was Clemson’s inaugural Athletic Cornerstone Partner with a commitment of $2.5 million to support facility enhancements, including upgrades to Memorial Stadium and the Allen N. Reeves Football Complex, where the Hendrix Café bares their name. They have served in various leadership roles and always led the way to support Clemson with their time, talent and treasure.

Showcasing Pam’s passion for travel and learning about other cultures, Pam’s children surprised her and developed in her name The Pamela Maddex Hendrix Dream Jar Travel Endowment which provides meaningful travel experiences for Clemson students. After her passing, the family became an Academic Cornerstone Partner with a gift of $2.5 million to create The Pamela Maddex Hendrix Dream Jar Education Abroad Endowment. This partnership program allows Clemson students to dream, plan and live their global experiences during their time at Clemson.

The Honorary Alumna designation was presented to Bill and the entire Hendrix family at Bill’s home in Clemson, South Carolina by Wil Brasington, the Executive Director of the Clemson Alumni Association and Gregg Morton, the President of the Clemson Alumni Association Board of Directors. In addition, the family was joined by other family and friends, including many Clemson Trustee members, President Jim Clements and other university administrators.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2021 Honorary Alumni opened in October and will close on December 31, 2020. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Jim Warren Named Honorary Alumnus by Clemson Alumni Association

The Clemson Alumni Association recently honored founder and president of College Connections, LLC, Jim Warren, with the designation of Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University. The distinction of Honorary Alumnus is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

“The Clemson family is real.  It’s not just something that’s talked about as a branding effort for marketing purposes. I know this based on numerous personal experiences over the past 28 years with hundreds of local alumni, parents, and students, as well as folks on campus including the president, administration, faculty and staff. I’m blessed to count Clemson people as friends, advisors, mentors, helpers, and prayer warriors. And Clemson people are just plain fun. I am truly humbled, honored, and thrilled to now be formally adopted into this special family. Joe Sherman had it right, there is “something in [those] hills where the Blue Ridge yawns its greatness.”

Warren graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1979, with distinction in Economics. In 1982, Jim received a juris doctor degree with honors from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He began his legal career in 1982 as an associate in the seven-office, 200 attorney international firm of Pettit & Martin (now DLA Piper), where he practiced in the area of government contract counseling and litigation. After just six years as an associate, he was elected to a full equity partnership. In 1992, Jim decided to leave the full-time practice of law to start College Connections, Inc. (CCI).

“I graduated from Duke at 2pm on May 6,1979.  I “graduated” from Clemson at 1pm on May 6, 2020 – 41 years to the day and almost exact hour after Duke!”

Warren, along with College Connections, Inc., manages the day-to-day operations of the Baltimore/DC Clemson Club helping to keep Clemson Alumni in the area engaged and connected to Clemson University.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Warren during a CU at Home Zoom meeting held by the Baltimore/DC Clemson Club. Clemson Alumni Association Executive Director, Wil Brasington, and various staff and club members joined the meeting to congratulate Warren on this honor.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2021 Honorary Alumni will open in October. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Don Munson Named Honorary Alumnus

The Clemson Alumni Association surprised Athletics Director of Broadcasting Don Munson by naming him an Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University. The distinction of Honorary Alum is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.

“I’m very humbled by the honor,” said Munson. “It means everything to me to think that I’ve been around here for 25 years covering this place, and you grow to love the coaches, players and fanbase.”

Munson has been involved with the Clemson Radio Network for more than 25 years, and has served as the voice of Clemson football, men’s basketball and baseball during his ten years as a full-time staff member in athletics.

“This is up there with Hunter Renfrow’s catch, it’s as satisfying as watching us beat Alabama 44-16, or watching men’s basketball take down Auburn to get to the Sweet 16,” said Munson. “It’s right up there with anything I’ve called on air.”

Munson joins Terry Don Phillips as those with athletic ties to earn the distinction in the past year. Originally hired in 2010, Munson now serves as the play-by-play broadcaster for Clemson football, men’s basketball and baseball. Additionally, he hosts weekly football and basketball coaches shows, serves as a frequent ACCNX broadcaster, hosts banquets and meetings and represents the athletic department at various functions.

Munson is a 1984 graduate of Appalachian State with a B.S. degree in communications. He was the play-by-play voice at Appalachian State from 1984-91. In 1993, he served a season as the play-by-play voice of Western Carolina and in 1994 was the voice of the UNC Asheville men’s basketball broadcasts.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Don during halftime at the men’s basketball game vs Notre Dame in Littlejohn Coliseum by Clemson Alumni Association Executive Director, Wil Brasington, and Board President, Mike Dowling. Don was joined by his family mid-court during the presentation.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2021 Honorary Alumni will open in October. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Candice Wilson Glenn Named Honorary Alumna

Candice “Candi” Wilson Glenn received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas in 1991. She is the wife of Gerald M. Glenn (Class of 1964) and mother of Mike (Class of 2016) and Charlie (Class of 2018). She has been an avid supporter of Clemson academics and athletics since she met and married Gerald. Candi is extremely passionate about investing in quality education and believes it benefits the recipients and their communities in perpetuity. In her own words, “An education is something that cannot be taken away from you, no matter what happens.”  Both Candi and Gerald have been champions for numerous important Clemson initiatives. They named and generously endowed the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Applied Science, created the Gerald and Candice Glenn Family Unrestricted Endowment for Clemson Athletics, and have recently agreed to become a Cornerstone Partner for Athletics.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Candi prior to the Clemson vs. Texas A&M football game on Clemson’s campus by Clemson University president, Jim Clements, Clemson Alumni Board President, Mike Dowling, and Alumni Executive Director, Wil Brasington.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2021 Honorary Alumni will open in October. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Terry Don Phillips Named Honorary Alumnus

Excellence in academics has been a lifelong pursuit for Terry Don Phillips. He has an undergraduate degree from Arkansas (1970), a master’s degree from Virginia Tech (1974), a doctorate degree from Virginia Tech (1978), and a law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law (1996). He is a member of the Arkansas Bar, South Carolina Bar, American Bar Association, and Sports Lawyers Association.

Phillips served as Clemson’s athletic director from 2000-2012. Some of the accomplishments that have taken place during Phillips’ 10 years as athletic director include: the hiring of Dabo Swinney as head football coach, the hiring of Brad Brownell, and the winning of 13 ACC Championships in eight different sports, including five different women’s sports. He also set the standard for many Clemson traditions: wearing orange on Solid Orange Friday, having the players sing the alma mater after games, and wearing orange to games. In addition, he set another standard—full compliance with NCAA regulations. A total of 77 sports seasons recorded winning records in his time.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Terry Don at Clemson University’s Allen N. Reeves Football Complex by Clemson University president, Jim Clements, head football coach, Dabo Swinney, Clemson Alumni Board President Mike Dowling, Alumni Executive Director Wil Brasington, and President Emeritus Jim Barker.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2021 Honorary Alumni will open in October. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Jacqueline Morrow Reynolds Named Honorary Alumna

Jacqueline “Jackie” Morrow Reynolds graduated from Texas A & M University with a BBA degree in marketing. Jackie Reynolds’ distinctive and lifelong devotion to Clemson University is an outgrowth of her husband Dale Reynolds’ support of his alma mater. Jackie’s love for the opera drew her to the performing arts community here in Clemson and spending time in Houston once a year to enjoy the opera. Combining her love of Clemson University, the surrounding community and the arts, in 1991, she began funding the Jacqueline Morrow Reynolds Endowment for Music in order to strengthen and grow Clemson’s music and performing arts department. As a strong advocate of historic preservation, Jackie is a major donor to Clemson Historic Properties, where she has provided both an operating account and endowment known as the Jacqueline M. Reynolds Conservation Endowment for Fort Hill. Now this endowment been expanded to include the three additional historic properties: the Hanover House, Hopewell and the Trustee House.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Reynolds at Fort Hill on Clemson’s campus by Clemson Alumni Board President-Elect Gregg Morton and Alumni Executive Director Wil Brasington.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2021 Honorary Alumni will open in October. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Jan Childress McCrary accepting the Honorary Alumni award

Jan Childress McCrary Named Honorary Alumna

Janice (“Jan”) Childress McCrary, long-time volunteer and friend of Clemson, has been named an honorary alumna of Clemson University.

Jan, now living in Greenville, SC, has a diverse background in healthcare businesses. She is an owner and Director of HMR Veterans Services, Inc., a national long-term care company focused on serving our country’s Veterans. Jan is part of an investment group that recently acquired Interim Healthcare of the Upstate, a local South Carolina provider of home health, hospice and personal care. She serves on the MUSC Foundation Board, the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center Advisory Board and the Cancer Society of Greenville County. She also chairs Cancer Association of Pickens County Board and is a member of the Upstate Warrier Solutions.

Mrs. McCrary has played an integral role in the advancement of Clemson University by serving on The Will to Lead capital campaign Executive Committee, the IPTAY Board of Directors, the Clemson University Board of Visitors, the President’s Advisory Board, the Clemson University Foundation Board, the Thomas Green Clemson Society, the President’s Leadership Circle and as co-chair and founding partner of the James F. Barker and Marcia Barker Endowed Scholarship initiative.

In her letter of support, JoVanna King, Clemson University Senior Associate Vice President for Development, states, “She (McCrary) is one of Clemson’s most devoted and dedicated supporters. Jan has given her time, talent and resources to help move Clemson forward…{and} has demonstrated exceptional commitment, service and unwavering loyalty to this great university for many years”.

Mrs. McCrary is the widow of Clemson alumnus T. Edward “Ed” Childress, who attended Clemson prior to attending the Medical University of South Carolina to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Jan is now married to William “Bill” McCrary of Greenville, SC. She has a daughter, Brandi, son-in-law, Parker, and twin grandsons, Harrison and Jackson Ariail. Her extended family includes, Mr. & Mrs. Trip McCrary, Anna and Ava Parker, along with Mr. & Mrs. Bradley McCrary, Gibson, Ellie and Webb.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to McCrary in Greenville, South Carolina by Clemson University President Jim Clements, Alumni Board President Mike Dowling, Alumni Executive Director Wil Brasington, Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, Brian O’Rourke, and JoVanna King.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2020 Honorary Alumni will open in October. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

Karen Chapman accepting honorary alumni award

Silvia Carroll Named Honorary Alumna

Administrative director of the Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies Named Honorary Clemson Alumna

Clemson, SC – Silvia Siboldi Carroll has been named an honorary alumna of Clemson University.

Silvia Carroll was named an honorary Clemson University alumna by the Clemson Alumni Association. Pictured at the presentation are left to right: Wil Brasington, Executive Director of the Clemson Alumni Association, Silvia Carroll, honoree, and Clemson alumni board member, Brandt Gilbert.

Carroll holds a degree from Universita di Pisa – Facolta di Lingue e Letterature Straniere (Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures). She is the current administrative director of the Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genoa, Italy.

The first group of students took up residence at the Charles E. Daniel Center (the Villa) in Genoa, Italy, in fall 1973. Since that time, the center has served as a model for off-campus architectural education. The program balances the studio experience with the study of Italian architectural history, contemporary design, urban practices, culture and field sketching.

In her role as administrative director, Carroll serves as the de facto executive director of academic and residential life within the “Villa.” According to the Dr. Richard Goodstein, Dean of the College of Architecture Arts and Humanities, “Silvia works tirelessly on behalf of (our) students as a counselor, resident assistant, tour guide, surrogate mother, interpreter, and confidant.”

Carroll is also Clemson’s property manager and resident power-of-attorney for the Clemson Architectural Foundation, which owns the facility. She has been a vital member of this program since 1982 and in her current role since 1995.

Carroll positively represents Clemson though her membership in the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI) and is often mentioned by students when they recall their time in the program as being a distinguishing factor in what many call the singular transformational experience in their Clemson career.    

Along with her husband, Mark, Carroll made possible the Clemson Architectural Undergraduate Prize, an award that recognizes and rewards the school’s highest performing graduating seniors in the undergraduate program.

Clemson Alumni Association board member, Brandt Gilbert, and its executive director, Wil Brasington, presented Carroll with the honor during a celebration hosted by the Clemson Architectural Foundation.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. To see past honorary alumni or to view the award guidelines, visit alumni.clemson.edu/honoraryalum.

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The Clemson Alumni Association is an open-membership, nonprofit organization. Since its inception in 1896, the program has connected members of the Clemson Family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service and strengthening relationships.

 

Karen Chapman accepting honorary alumni award

Karen Chapman Named Honorary Alumna

Karen Chapman of Atlanta, whose philanthropy has touched many lives through her support of education and health care, was named an honorary Clemson University alumna.

She was honored at the University Convocation, where her husband, Tom, was guest speaker as Clemson opened its 125th academic year.

Karen Chapman was named an honorary Clemson University alumna by the Clemson Alumni Association. Pictured at the presentation are Mike Dowling, Clemson Alumni Association board president (left); Tom Chapman; Karen Chapman; and Clemson President James P. Clements. Image Credit: Clemson University Relations

“She is incredibly passionate about education and about making a difference for those who are in need,” Clements said. “Even though Karen did not attend Clemson, she is definitely ‘all in’ for this great university and she is a highly valued member of the Clemson family.”Clemson President James P. Clements and Alumni Association board President Mike Dowling made the surprise presentation.

Tom Chapman, former chairman and chief executive officer of Equifax Inc., is a Clemson alumnus and former Tiger baseball star. He and Karen have given $6.3 million to Clemson to further the university’s mission and vision and in June were named the university’s first Academic Cornerstone Partners.

“Karen has demonstrated outstanding, service, devotion and loyalty to this great university for many years,” JoVanna King, Clemson’s senior associate vice president for development, wrote in a letter nominating her friend for the honor. “Karen exemplifies ‘One Clemson’ and she consistently encourages everyone to keep Clemson moving forward so that we remain ‘National Champions’ – both on the field and in the classroom.”

In support of Clemson, the Chapmans:

  • Established the Thomas F. Chapman ’65 Distinguished Professor in Leadership, which was awarded to marketing professor

    Tom and Karen Chapman (center) pose with this year’s Chapman Scholars and their professors.
    Image Credit: Clemson University Relations

    Mary Anne Raymond;

  • Created the Thomas F. Chapman Leadership Scholars Program in the College of Business to support and nurture freshmen who show leadership potential;
  • Funded the construction of the Thomas F. Chapman Grandstands at Clemson’s baseball stadium;
  • Supported the ClemsonLIFE program; and
  • Became founding partners of the James F. Barker Endowed Scholarship Initiative.

In Atlanta, the Chapmans have been active in support of cancer prevention, detection and care initiatives at Piedmont Hospital and established The Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness centers across the Piedmont system in Georgia. They also are involved with Georgia CORE, the Center for Oncology Research and Education.

They are dedicated to helping children with autism through their involvement with the Marcus Autism Center, creating the Tom and Karen Chapman Care Coordination Center.

Karen Chapman is retired chief administrative officer of Equifax. She holds a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University.

Jack Leggett Named Honorary Alumnus

Jack Leggett Named Honorary Alumnus

Jackson “Jack” S. Leggett, Clemson University’s former head baseball coach, has been named an honorary alumnus of Clemson. Leggett coached the Tiger’s baseball team for 22 years.

A University of Maine graduate, Leggett took over as head coach of the Clemson team in 1994 and led the team to 955 wins and six appearances in the College World Series during his 22 years.

With a total of 1,332 wins throughout his career as a coach, Leggett ranks 10th all-time among Division I baseball coaches.

Leggett began his Clemson coaching career in 1992 as assistant head coach and recruiting director under Bill Wilhelm and was recognized as a major contributor to the team’s success. In both 1992 and 1993, the team was ranked in the final Top 20. In 1993, the team took the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Tournament title.

For all of his accomplishments, Leggett was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January 2014.

During his time as head coach, Leggett and the team regularly held a Youth Baseball Camp, visited children at Greenville Children’s Hospital and read to elementary schoolchildren. Leggett was also a frequent speaker to youth groups.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Leggett in Clemson’s football stadium, Memorial Stadium, prior to the Wake Forest game by alumni board President Col. Sandy Edge and President-Elect Mike Dowling.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2018 Honorary Alumni are currently open. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.

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The Swinney family being named honorary alumni

Swinneys Named Honorary Alumni

William Christopher “Dabo” Swinney and Kathleen Bennett Swinney have been named honorary alumni of Clemson University. Both were recognized with this designation at the 2017 All In Ball, an event presented by Dabo’s ALL IN TEAM FOUNDATION.

Left to Right: Deshaun Watson, Beth Clements, Clemson University President Jim Clements, Kathleen Swinney, Dabo Swinney, Clemson Alumni Executive Director Wil Brasington, Clemson Alumni President Sandy Edge

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Dabo began his career on the Clemson University Football Coaching Staff in 2003 and was named Interim Head Coach in 2008, eventually taking on the role permanently at the end of that football season.

Known for his exemplary recruitment of talented football players and enhancing the focus on student-athlete success in the classroom, Dabo recently lead the Clemson Tigers to become the 2016 National Football Champions.

Kathleen, also a graduate of the University of Alabama and former school teacher, has not only been a support system for Dabo and her family, but has also focused her attention on using her high-profile platform as the First Lady of Clemson Football to better the lives of others.

Dabo and Kathleen are highly recognized for their impact in the community including the development of Dabo’s ALL IN TEAM FOUNDATION. The mission of this organization is “to raise awareness of critical education and health issues in order to change lives of people across the state of South Carolina.”

The Foundation raises funds for various initiatives through three major events including the All In Ball, the Dabo Swinney Ladies Football Clinic and the Dabo Swinney Football Camp focused on elementary, middle and high school athletes.

The funds raised at these events are distributed to four primary focus entities including Breast Cancer Research, Call Me MISTER, The Family Effect and LIFE Programs at the University of Alabama and Clemson University which provide specific programming for children and young adults with learning disabilities and special learning needs.

In addition the foundation provides grants to organizations throughout the Upstate with similar objectives.

The Clemson Alumni Association president, Col. Sandy Edge, and Executive Director, Wil Brasington, along with University President James P. Clements and his wife Beth, presented the Swinneys with the honor.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. To see past honorary alumni or to view the award guidelines, visit the honorary alumni web page.

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Mickey Harder being Named Honorary Alumna of Clemson University

Mickey Harder Named Honorary Alumna of Clemson University

Lillian U. “Mickey” Harder has been named an honorary alumna of Clemson University.

A South Carolina native, Harder holds degrees from Coker College and Converse College and has continued her studies at Boston University, the University of Georgia, Amherst College and the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France.

Clemson Alumni Association Past President, Danny Gregg (Left) and current President, Sandy Edge (Right), presented Mickey (Center) with the honor in front of her family and friends.

Harder came to Clemson with her husband in 1972 when he accepted the position as team physician for Clemson Athletics. Since this time, she has tirelessly devoted her time to nurturing performing arts at the University.

In 1986, Harder and her husband, Dr. Byron Harder, established an endowment to create the Lilian and Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series at Clemson University, the only endowed chamber music series of its kind in South Carolina.

In 1996, Harder became the Director of the Brooks Center for Performing Arts where she continues her career today. She has used this opportunity to provide the ability for Clemson students and local arts patrons to experience countless performances.

A member of the music faculty at Clemson prior to directing the Brooks Center, Harder taught piano lessons and music theory since 1972 when music was only offered as an elective. She provided classical music training to students as well as the tools succeed as musicians long after graduation.

Harder has previously received the Clemson Outstanding Faculty Woman Award given by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Thomas Green Clemson Award and the Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts.

Harder plans to retire later in 2017 but hopes to continue to program the concerts in the Utsey Chamber Music Series and provide support for the performing arts faculty and administration at Clemson.

The Clemson Alumni Association president, Col. Sandy Edge, and Past President, Danny Gregg, presented Harder with the honor in front of her family and friends.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. To see past honorary alumni or to view the award guidelines, visit the honorary alumni web page.

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Jason Puhlasky Named Honorary Alumnus

Jason Puhlasky Named Honorary Alumnus

Jason Puhlasky receives the citation naming him an honorary member of the Clemson Alumni Association. From left to right, President Clements, Puhlasky, Alumni Association President Sandy Edge, Coach Dabo Swinney.

His diploma might read “University of South Carolina,” but his heart bleeds orange. And in February during “Clemson Day at the Statehouse,” the Clemson Alumni Association made it official, naming Jason Puhlasky as an honorary Clemson alumnus.

A lobbyist with Parker Poe Consulting in Columbia, Puhlasky went to USC because he could work and pay his way through college. As a student, he landed a job as an intern in the S.C. House of Representatives, where he discovered his love of politics. He moved on to the State Republican Party Headquarters and eventually landed on the staff of U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond. He returned to South Carolina where he landed a position with the S.C. State Senate. Since leaving that position he has run numerous political campaigns and advocated for various clients.

Puhlasky currently serves as a member of the Clemson University Board of Visitors, and in that role and as a private citizen, works “tirelessly and selflessly on behalf of Clemson,” according to one of the letters written in support of his nomination.

JoVanna King receives her honorary alumna plaque from board Chairman Smyth McKissick

JoVanna King named honorary alumna of Clemson University

JoVanna King of Anderson has been named an honorary alumna of Clemson University.

King is senior director of estate planning and principal gifts at Clemson. She has supported Clemson for more than 25 years, working in the Donor Research and Major Gifts departments. King has been involved in raising more philanthropic money than any employee in Clemson history.

King has worked on all three of Clemson’s capital campaigns, including the recently ended The Will to Lead campaign, which raised more than $1 billion.

King earned her bachelor’s degree in public affairs and business administration from Columbia College. She also received an associate’s degree from Anderson College.

“Her dedication and commitment to Clemson are remarkable,” said Wil Brasington, director of the Clemson Alumni Association, “I cannot think of anyone more deserving to receive this honor than JoVanna.”

“She epitomizes a devoted Clemson alumna,” wrote Ann Hunter, a past president of the Clemson Alumni Association who was among those who nominated King. “She understands Clemson and the Clemson determined spirit because she is a part of Clemson and Clemson is a part of her.”

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. To see past honorary alumni or to view the award guidelines, visit the honorary alumni web page.

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Frank Inabnit receives an honorary alumnus plaque from Clemson President James P. Clements

Orangeburg native Frank Inabnit named honorary alumnus of Clemson University

Frank Inabnit III of Jacksonville, Florida, has been named an honorary alumnus of Clemson University. Inabnit is a native of Orangeburg and son of the late Frank and Mary Stewart Inabnit.

Inabnit has been a loyal IPTAY member for 45 years. He has served as an IPTAY representative and has contributed to the Clemson Alumni Association for more than 25 years.

His father was an alumnus and grandmother lived in Central, which provided Inabnit the opportunity to visit Clemson often as a child.

He attended Florida Junior College and the Rochester Institute of Technology and he worked for most of his career in electrical drafting and programming. Inabnit retired in 2008 and enjoys spending time with family and visiting Clemson as often as possible.

His sister, Catherine Inabnit, was inspired to nominate him, writing, “Frank was born deaf. He has never heard the word Clemson. He’s never heard ‘Tiger Rag’ or the alma mater, but Clemson has been a very important part of his life and occupies a large and very special place in his heart.”

The Clemson Alumni Association president, Col. Sandy Edge, along with university President James P. Clements, presented Inabnit with the honor in the presence of his friends and family.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. To see past honorary alumni or to view the award guidelines, visit the honorary alumni web page.

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The Clemson Alumni Association is an open-membership, nonprofit organization. Since its inception in 1896, the program has connected members of the Clemson Family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service and strengthening relationships.

John Komo receiving Honorary Alumnus at Clemson University

John Komo named Honorary Alumnus at Clemson University

A Clemson University professor emeritus who is credited with helping students succeed in life is among the latest group of university faithful to be named Honorary Alumnus.

Dr. John J. Komo served as a professor in the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for 34 years before retiring. His latest honor puts him in the same club as Charles Daniel, Frank Howard, Buck Mickel, Hugh Leatherman and more than 200 other honorary alumni, according to the Clemson Alumni Association.

Komo thanked family, friends and colleagues as they gathered in Riggs Hall to help celebrate the honor.

“It’s wonderful to be recognized, but for me, it’s always been about providing the best education for the students,” Komo said. “That was always my favorite part of the job. ”

Komo, who still lives in Clemson, established an endowed fellowship in 2007 for graduate students in his department. Many of his former students and colleagues have given to the fund.

Komo’s colleagues said he served as a teacher, mentor and friend to thousands of students in the College of Engineering and Science. Former students hold Komo in high regard, crediting him with their success in life, colleagues said.

Dr. Dan Noneaker, chairman of the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said he worked closely with Komo, mentoring students and planning course offerings and content.

“Over the past 21 years, it has been consistently apparent to me that the university and Clemson’s students have had a rare friend and treasure in Dr. Komo,” Noneaker said.

The Clemson Alumni Association awards Honorary Alumnus status based on outstanding service to the university or association, lifelong devotion to the university and demonstrated loyalty to university and the association.

Ann Marie Alexander, the university’s senior director of Corporate and Foundations Relations, said she was extremely impressed that Komo would be so generous and gracious not only with his dedication to students but also with his support of Clemson University.

“I could see how proud Dr. Komo was of the students and the department to which he dedicated his professional career,” she said. “His passion was, and is, the students. He is a humble person and never sought public accolades for his activities over the decades to support the students, department and College of Engineering and Science.”

Komo has served as an outstanding teacher of critical undergraduate and graduate courses, providing the fundamental engineering underpinnings for multiple generations of graduates, Noneaker said.

After his retirement, Komo continued to teach core undergraduate courses to ensure students had access to experienced instruction in key topics. He has also shared his expertise in communication systems with many graduate students over the decades.

“Many Clemson ECE graduates who have gone on to high-impact engineering careers attribute their success in no small measure to Dr. Komo’s commitment to their development as engineering professionals,” Noneaker said.

Here is what former students had to say about Komo:

Noland Suddeth, director of energy management and process controls at Duke Energy, said, “He was a professor of mine in the late ‘70s, and he was great. He and Dr. Gowdy had a huge influence on my return to grad school. In the last 31 years, he has been a good friend and mentor. He always put the students first.”

Laurie Joiner, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, said, “Dr. Komo has been my wonderful teacher, advisor, and friend. As a student it was obvious how much he loves teaching and working with students. Through him I learned what a fulfilling career academia can be, and he has continued to mentor me in my academic career.”

Bruce Churchill, who works in the Office of the CTO at Ericsson, said, “Dr. Komo’s passion for teaching and nurturing of students and constant encouragement are major contributors to my professional success. He always took whatever time and resources required by the student for issues, both professional and personal. I began my interaction with Dr. Komo initially in the professor-student relationship during my undergraduate years at Clemson, which progressed to mentor as Dr. Komo functioned as my lead advisor during my graduate career and ultimately to close friend during my professional career.”

To honor Komo with a contribution to his endowment, go to http://cualumni.clemson.edu/give/john-komo.

Bobby Couch receiving Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University

Bobby Couch named Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University

CLEMSON — James Robert “Bobby” Couch Jr., assistant director of athletics and IPTAY executive director of major gifts, has been named an Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University by the Clemson Alumni Association.

“I’m ecstatic and truly honored to be named a Clemson University Honorary Alumnus,” said Couch. “The day that Brian O’Rourke [director of Development and Alumni Affairs] brought me and my family here, the Clemson family has wrapped its arms around us and never let go. I work and live every day to return that passion I feel exuding from the hearts of all that are Solid Orange.”

Couch came to Clemson in 2005 as assistant director of athletics and IPTAY’s executive director of major gifts. Since then, he led the Clemson University Athletic Department through its first-ever $28 million and $185 million fundraising campaigns, secured the largest major and planned athletics gift in Clemson history and funded the restoration of the “Heisman Bible.”

As current associate athletic director for development for athletics and director of IPTAY major gifts, Couch manages a portfolio of 150 prospective donors and makes 200 visits per year.

“For many years, Bobby has served as a tireless ambassador of the university and he has demonstrated the passion and dedication to see Clemson achieve its goals that is usually only found among our alumni,” said Wil Brasington, alumni relations senior director. “Because of that, we felt it was only fitting to express our appreciation through this high distinction and, in doing so, we declare him ‘one of our own,’ a Clemson alumnus.”

Couch continues to support Clemson University by being a major donor to the Scroll of Honor, a Clemson Forever Fund and IPTAY donor and a children CATs and Cub member. He also serves as a board member for the Scott Hannon Foundation and the Golden Strip YMCA and participates as a member of the St. Mary Magdalene Building Committee, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

“Clemson is our life. Christi and I have watched our four boys grow up here,” said Couch. “I don’t know what life would be like without Clemson.”

Honorary alumni are specially selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee for their outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. To see past honorary alumni or to view the award guidelines, visit the honorary alumni web page.

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Mary Dalby Bradley receiving Clemson Honorary Alumna

Mary Dalby Bradley Named Clemson Honorary Alumna

The Clemson Alumni Association (CAA) has named one of the university’s most enthusiastic and dedicated champions, Mary Dalby Bradley, an honorary alumna for her lifelong devotion and demonstrated loyalty to her adopted school.

Mary wed her husband, Phil, in 1963 while he was a student at Clemson and has supported the school ever since.

“Mary Bradley has earned her way into the Clemson family with a smile on her face each step of the way,” said Clemson President Emeritus James F. Barker in his nomination letter. “After they were married, she and Phil moved into married student housing in our prefabs. This began a lifelong love affair for Mary with all things Clemson.”

The Bradleys have become well known for hosting meetings of Clemson in the Lowcountry — a group that keeps Clemson alumni in the Charleston area in touch with one another and with the university — at their home on Johns Island, where they have built a “tavern” next to the main house that is decked out from top to bottom in Clemson paraphernalia.

“One visit to their home confirms their ‘all-in’, ‘orange-blood’ relationship with Clemson,” said Thomas Thornhill, former president of the Alumni Association “The tavern next to their home contains practically every Clemson memento ever made.”

“(Mary) hosted events in the Lowcountry for decades to bring the Clemson Family to celebrate, mourn and strengthen our bonds together,” said Barker. “This leadership and hosting continued into her service and commitment to our Board of Visitors. Further, Mary has been joyful in her financial support of Clemson. The Bradley Award in the Creative Inquiry program is a wonderful example of a gift helping to transform undergraduate education on our campus.”

Ann Hunter (left), past president of the Clemson University Alumni Association, gives Mary Bradley a certificate naming her an Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University.

The Clemson alumni and development staff reiterated Barker’s sentiment in a letter supporting Bradley’s nomination.

“Mary is a true giver of time, talent, and treasure to Clemson,” it reads. “Though she married into the Clemson family, Mary’s commitment to our university is unmatched. Her work with Clemson in the Lowcountry has brought a warmth to the organization for over a decade, as she opens her home and brings that special touch only Mary has. She leads with her heart, which truly bleeds orange.”

Any Clemson alumnus can nominate someone to be an honorary alumnus. Honorary alumni are selected based on their outstanding service to Clemson and/or the CAA, their lifelong devotion to Clemson University and their demonstrated loyalty to Clemson and the CAA.

To see a list of past honorary alumni or to view the award guidelines, visit the honorary alumni web page.

Bruce Yandle, Dean Emeritus of CBBS, Named Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University

Bruce Yandle, Dean Emeritus of CBBS, Named Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University

CLEMSON — Bruce Yandle, dean emeritus of the College of Business and Behavioral Science and Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of economics, has been named an Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University by the Clemson Alumni Association.

“This is a high honor,” he said. “I join the ranks of my favorite people: my former students and others who came to Clemson. Having the opportunity — the privilege — of being in the classroom at Clemson is the high point in my professional life.”

Yandle began as an economics professor at Clemson in 1969 and retired in 2000. He returned to serve as dean of the College of Business and Behavioral Science from 2004 to 2007. As a senior fellow of Clemson’s Strom Thurmond Institute of Government Affairs, he produces a quarterly newsletter that analyzes national, regional and state economic trends and activity. He also is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the Mercatus Institute at George Mason University.

Yandle has served as executive director of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, as a member and chairman of the South Carolina State Board of Economic Advisors and as chairman of the board of trustees of Spartanburg Methodist College.

He has written more than 100 journal articles and written or edited 16 books.

“When Dot and I first visited Clemson in April 1969 for interviews, the campus and town looked like a dream come true,” he said. “It still does!”

“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the award than Bruce Yandle due to his extended involvement and enthusiasm for the university,” said Missy Ryan, senior director of development.

Honorary alumni are specially selected by the Alumni Council for their outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. To see past honorary alumni or to view the award guidelines, visit the honorary alumni web page.

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Bruce Yandle accepting Honorary Alumnus award

John Seketa Named Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University

CLEMSON — The Clemson Alumni Association has named retired assistant athletic director John Seketa as an honorary alumnus in recognition of his hard work and devotion to Clemson University and the Alumni Association.

Over the past 28 years, Seketa has contributed to the athletic department’s success. During home football games, Seketa was game manager, coordinating all game-day activities in Clemson athletics, Tiger Band, the university administration and several student groups.

He also was executive director of the Tiger Letterwinners Association. He expanded football reunion activities and Clemson University Athletic Hall of Fame ceremonies, significantly increasing attendance. In 2004, Seketa received the ACC Basketball Officials Association Fred Bakarat Award for outstanding service and dedication to the ACC and its basketball officials.

“John has played a significant role in enhancing all our Olympic sports by generating marketing plans and concepts that promote opportunities for our fans,” said Bill D’Andrea, executive senior associate director for IPTAY external affairs. “His contributions in this area have made a profound impact on our coaches’ ability to recruit.”

Seketa has also played a crucial role in making Military Appreciation Day a celebrated campus tradition, lobbying for its creation and designing the annual football Military Appreciation Day T-shirts that benefit Clemson’s Army and Air Force ROTC programs. Two years ago, ACC administrators invited Seketa to share his expertise in Clemson’s military recognition, resulting in similar observances of Military Appreciation Day at every ACC institution.

“There is no question that John Seketa’s leadership has established Clemson as the best in the nation with regard to our Military Appreciation Day,” said D’Andrea.

Seketa continues to serve the university as a member of Tiger Brotherhood and of the Clemson Corps Scroll of Honor Committee. On the committee, he assisted the creation of the Scroll of Honor Memorial by monitoring design modifications and the construction progress, as well as developing sources for fundraising. Seketa also volunteers for Toys for Tots, Wounded Warriors and Families of Fallen S.C. Military.

Seketa received his Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1981. Before arriving at Clemson, he was the promotion director at Eastern Illinois University.

Any Clemson alumnus can nominate someone to be an honorary alumnus. Honorary alumni are specially selected by the Alumni Council for their outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. To see past honorary alumni or to view the award guidelines, visit the honorary alumni web page.

– Ashley Hedrick

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Bruce Yandle and woman

Alfred G. Wheeler Jr. Named Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University

CLEMSON — The Clemson Alumni Association has named entomologist Alfred G. Wheeler Jr. an honorary alumnus of Clemson University.

During his career as an entomologist, Wheeler became the world authority on the insect family Miridae and published the awarding winning text “Biology of the Plant Bugs.” After working 25 years with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Wheeler retired to Clemson as an adjunct member of the entomology program.

In his 17 years at Clemson, Wheeler published more than 115 refereed papers. He has served on 16 graduate student advisory committees, mentored several Creative Inquiry undergraduate research projects, volunteered to coordinate the entomology seminar series for six years and worked as editor of South Carolina Biota for more than a decade. Wheeler also established a $100,000 endowment to support research expeditions for entomology graduate students.

“It is not an exaggeration to say that Dr. Alfred G. Wheeler Jr. will be a remembered name in the annals of entomology, and, to our benefit, his name will be forever tied to Clemson University, his chosen professional home,” said Patricia Zungoi, professor of entomology.

Any Clemson alumnus can nominate someone to be an honorary alumnus. Honorary alumni are specially selected by the Alumni Council for their outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. To see past honorary alumni or to view the award guidelines, visit the honorary alumni web page.

— Ashley Hedrick

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