The Clemson Alumni Association has selected Jeffrey Arthur Busch of Roswell, Georgia to receive the 2020 Frank Kellers III Volunteer of the Year Award. The award recognizes an individual for outstanding volunteerism and service to Clemson University.
The Clemson Alumni Association chose Busch for his extensive support of the alumni association and the university along with his unwavering advocacy for initiatives promoting Clemson.
Busch is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and spent most of his professional career as a management consultant in the Atlanta, GA area. He has hands-on experience in the areas of ERP Implementation, Supply Chain Management, e-Commerce, Software Development, and Process Design. He has worked in professional services for nearly 30 years and retired in 2015 as the Chief Executive Officer of TrueBridge Resources, a North Highland Company.
Busch and his wife Susan are the parents of Clemson graduates Austin (’15) and Garrett (’16), and although he is not a Clemson graduate himself, Busch has shown unwavering dedication to Clemson as a leader, volunteer, and significant supporter for more than a decade.
When his sons became Clemson students, Busch and his wife, Susan, began volunteering with Clemson, serving on the Clemson Parents Council from 2012-2016. In 2015, they were recognized as The Herb Coughlan Memorial Family of the Year. Busch is a Founding Member of ONE Clemson, a group of former Clemson athletes and supporters who provide opportunities to connect and gather with Clemson’s finest former athletes while raising scholarship funds, providing support for student-athlete professional enrichment and fundraising for the Black Girls Golf program.
During his term as President of ONE Clemson, his leadership enabled the organization to raise more than $300K for student-athletes and those in need as well as inspired others to take a more active role in serving others. Busch currently volunteers with the Tiger Ties Mentoring program, an initiative of the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business, and is a mentor for the Clemson Football Paw Journey program. He is a member of IPTAY, the fundraising arm of Clemson Athletics, the Atlanta Clemson Club, and continues to volunteer his time with ONE Clemson.
Along with his wife Susan, Busch established the Jeff and Susan Busch Endowed Completion Program at Clemson which provides tuition assistance to undergraduates who encounter unexpected hardships that may impede them from graduating.
The Clemson Alumni Association has presented the Frank Kellers III Volunteer of the Year Award annually since 1988 to show recognition and appreciation to individuals who have a passion for service and building the Clemson family. The award is named for Frank Kellers III, a member of Clemson’s Class of 1957.
The Clemson Alumni Association, an open-membership, nonprofit organization since its inception in 1896, connects members of the more than 166,000-strong Clemson family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service, and strengthening relationships with Clemson University and each other.
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Army ROTC Cadet Eric Brown, Air Force ROTC Cadet Jacob Siebert and student veteran Victoria Graham were this academic year’s recipients of the Chalmers R. Carr and Jeannette D. Carr Keeping the Tradition Alive Award.
The endowment was created by retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Chalmers ’60 and Jeannette Carr to recognize an Army ROTC cadet, an Air Force ROTC cadet and an undergraduate student veteran for their outstanding efforts and contributions in promoting Clemson’s rich and distinguished military heritage and history.
This year’s Army ROTC cadet recipient is Eric Brown of Greenville. Cadet Brown distinguished himself in promoting Clemson’s military heritage during his four years at Clemson through his leadership in Clemson’s Ranger Club, Tiger Platoon, and Scabbard and Blade Society. 2nd Lt. Brown will continue his Army career as an infantry officer at Fort Benning, Georgia.
This year’s Air Force ROTC cadet recipient is Jacob Siebert of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Cadet Siebert was instrumental in the establishment of the Clemson Student Military Council. He was a leader in promoting the Annual Walk for Veterans, Military Appreciation Day and the POW/MIA Ceremony. 2nd Lt. Siebert will continue his Air Force career as a contracting officer at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska.
Finally, this year’s student veteran recipient is Victoria Graham of Puckett, Mississippi. Graham represents the U.S. Navy.
Since arriving at Clemson in 2018, Graham has been instrumental in the development of the Student Veteran Center and the Student Military Council, where she served as vice president. She also served as treasurer and president of the Clemson Student Veterans Association. Graham promoted Clemson’s military heritage through presentations to Clemson faculty, students and civilian organizations about veteran affairs. Graham will pursue a graduate degree in Florida.
In regard to this year’s recipients, Brig. Gen. Hap Carr ’60 said, “I could not be any prouder in these individuals. Their dedication, energy and accomplishments truly exhibit the values of the Keeping the Tradition Alive Award.”
Each recipient received a $1,000 check, a Keeping the Tradition Alive challenge coin and their names engraved on permanent plaques displayed in the Army and Air Force ROTC offices and in the Clemson Student Veteran Center.