Margaret Segars Bond ’84

Award-winning teacher. Inspiring example. A bright light for Clemson.

Margaret Segars Bond of Highlands, N.C., has been Margaret Bond Receives DSA Awarddescribed as a bright light for Clemson who embodies all things service.

The Sumter, S.C., native earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Clemson as a member of the class of 1984. She went on to teach for 15 years at schools in Georgia and South Carolina, including at Wilson Hall in Sumter, which she attended as a student and where she was named teacher of the year.

After she retired, she and her late husband, Steve, established the Margaret and Steve Bond Award for Teacher Achievement. It is presented annually to an outstanding Wilson Hall elementary teacher. Recipients receive a travel stipend for a destination of their choice, which creates an educational experience to be shared in the classroom with their students.

The Bonds became major advocates for the Clemson golf program. Steve was a 1980 graduate and a letterwinner on the men’s golf team. With Margaret’s encouragement, he, along with others, established the Golf Paws program, which encourages financial support for the golf teams. For the past eight years, Margaret has continued to chair the program and support men’s and women’s golf.

In appreciation for their gifts to the program, the Steve and Margaret Bond Golf Practice Facility is named in their honor.

The couple also created the Bond Distinguished Athletes Award, which recognizes Clemson alumni athletes who demonstrate exemplary character, citizenship, and service to their alma mater, community and family. Margaret presents the award each year during Clemson’s homecoming football game.

Margaret was active in the Sumter Junior Welfare League and chaired numerous projects benefitting the Sumter community and Sumter County. She was president of her Sunday school class at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sumter and later was an active member of Belin United Methodist Church in Murrell’s Inlet. As an elementary teacher, Maragaret was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, a teacher sorority for women educators. As a Clemson student, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and a little sister of Kappa Alpha fraternity.

In addition to her support for Clemson’s golf program, she is a supporter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, contributes to coach Dabo and Kathleen Swinney’s All In Foundation, and has served as an ambassador for Dabo’s All Access Training Camp for more than five years. She is also a mentor of the football program’s P.A.W. Journey personal leadership development initiative.

Margaret is a member of the University’s Board of Visitors and is a major donor to academics as a member of the President’s Leadership Circle. Her generosity has benefitted the ClemsonLIFE program, the Grace Clements Scholarship Endowment and the Samuel J. Cadden Chapel.

Margaret’s father, Ray Segars Jr., was a 1949 Clemson graduate. She attributes her love for Clemson to him. The Clemson connection has continued throughout her family with many graduates and current students.