Lisa B. Hendrix Named 2023 Clemson University Mother of the Year
The Clemson Student Alumni Council and Tiger Brotherhood proudly bestowed the title of “Mother of the Year” upon Lisa B. Hendrix, continuing a tradition that began in 1949. Over the years, this honor has been awarded to individuals who have demonstrated unwavering dedication and loyalty to Clemson University.
Lisa Hendrix, a 1979 Clemson graduate, exemplifies the qualities of a true Clemson enthusiast. Her professional journey began in the realm of education as a preschool teacher. Later, she ventured into the corporate world, serving as a Unit Marketing Director for Chick-fil-A. Her career spanned over 25 years, the last six as the Development and Event Director for the Historic Rock Hill Society. Upon her retirement, Lisa, alongside her sister Andrea, selflessly devoted herself to caring for her mother, and her sister Dawn, who lives with an intellectual disability. Despite her full-time caregiving responsibilities, she continues to extend her “Clemson Mother” role to any student in need.
Throughout her active career, Lisa maintained a deep connection to her beloved alma mater, Clemson University. Regardless of her place of residence, she found a way to engage with her local Clemson Club. Her involvement included a leadership role on the Board of Directors for the York County Clemson Club, where she also served as President. Lisa’s dedication extended to an eight-year tenure as President of the Clemson University Parent Development Board. She actively contributed to the Clemson Women’s Alumni Council, the Clemson University Board of Visitors, the Clemson Alumni Board of Directors, and currently volunteers her time and resources to the Fort Hill Clemson Club.
During her time as a student, Lisa was affectionately known as the ‘mother’ to her fellow residents on the 4th floor of Benet Hall. Four decades later, she continues this nurturing role among the group fondly referred to as the “Benet Babes,” working tirelessly to keep the group connected and spearheading the Benet Babes Scholarship. As a member of the Parent Development Board, her favorite annual event was the Welcome Party for incoming students, where she made it abundantly clear to all students that she was available to assist with anything they needed, including inviting them for dinners at her home.
Rhonda Aull-Hyde, Lisa’s nominator, friend, and former college dorm mate, noted, “Everything that Lisa does, and I mean everything, is done for the good of either Clemson academics or Clemson athletics. Lisa was born to be a mother, and one can see how this role seamlessly integrates into her service and loyalty to Clemson.”
The President of the Clemson Student Alumni Council, Parker Stambaugh, emphasized the significance of recognizing someone who consistently gives so much to others, stating, “Lisa exemplifies the definition of selflessness, and we are proud to present her with this award.”
Lisa resides in Seneca with her husband, Guy ’77. Along with her and her husband, Guy, Lisa has a family full of Clemson Tigers. Her grandfather, Dennis Burnett, graduated in 1920. Her father, William Burnett, graduated from Clemson in 1952. Her mother, Mary Alice Burnett, received her Master’s Degree in 1976. Her sister, Andrea McBride, graduated in 1984 and her children, Emory and Mary Kathleen graduated in 2005 and 2010 respectively.
Since 1949, Clemson University has celebrated a “Mother of the Year.” This honor, awarded by the Clemson Student Alumni Council and Tiger Brotherhood, recognizes individuals who embody a deep love for Clemson, exhibit a profound commitment to the community, and live a life that reflects the Clemson spirit. Lisa Hendrix received this prestigious award at her Clemson residence and was further acknowledged during the Homecoming festivities in October.