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.


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.