Danielle Lester Arrington ’13

Danielle Lester Arrington of Westminster, director of talent acquisition for Clemson University, graduated from Clemson in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. In 2016, she earned a master’s degree in public administration from Arkansas State University.

After three years as recruitment and employment manager for the S.C. Department of Transportation in Columbia, Danielle returned to Clemson in 2017 to become academic advisor and recruiter for the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. In 2018, she moved to the University’s Office of Human Resources, where her primary responsibility is to recruit and hire top talent to Clemson

anielle is an active member of HEERN, the Higher Education Executive Recruitment Network, and has received numerous accolades for creativity and innovation in her profession. In 2019 alone, she was named a CUPA-HR Rockstar by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, the #ClemsonWorks campaign that she developed garnered national recognition from Ragan Communication’s PR Daily news site, and her team was selected for Workforce Magazine’s Gold Optimas Award for Recruiting.

She serves as a professional mentor and works with various Clemson student organizations, such as the SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) student chapter, the football program’s P.A.W. (Passionate About Winning) Journey leadership initiative, and the Master of Business Administration program by participating in coaching and mock interview sessions, helping to prepare students for their entry into the business world. She also leads resume workshops and interview coaching sessions for spouses and partners of new university employees.

Danielle and her husband, Matt, recently became first-time parents, welcoming the birth to their daughter, Rosie.