Phil Bradley ’65

Retired Lowcountry Insurance Agency Owner to Receive Clemson Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award

Phil Bradley, retired owner of the Allstate Insurance Agency on Folly Road, Charleston, will receive the Clemson Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.

Bradley graduated from Clemson University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management. After three years of military service, he returned to his native Charleston and began a five-decade career in the insurance business. He retired in 2018 and lives on Johns Island with his wife, Mary, who was named an Honorary Alumna of Clemson in 2015.

Among his many volunteer leadership roles for Clemson, Bradley has chaired the University’s Board of Visitors and served on the Clemson University Foundation’s board of directors. Currently, he serves as an ambassador for the Order of the Oak, an organization created to provide wisdom, guidance and momentum to the University Foundation as it assists the University in enhancing its ability to accomplish its land-grant mission in the 21st century and meet the changes and challenges of the future. He is a member of the Charleston County Clemson Club and served two terms as Chair of Clemson in the Lowcountry.

His service in the Charleston community includes leadership roles for Grace Episcopal Church and Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy. He is active in the North Charleston Rotary Club and a member of Community Pride of Charleston County.

The Bradleys are among Clemson’s most generous donors. They were the first major benefactors of the Creative Inquiry program, which began in 2005 to provide research experiences for undergraduate students. They have contributed significantly to numerous other academic initiatives, including ClemsonLIFE, the Watt Family Innovation Center, the Early Childhood Education Center and annual awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring.

The Bradleys are also major donors to Clemson athletic programs. They are longtime members of IPTAY and supported the development of the facilities at the West End Zone of the football stadium, where the patron’s locker rooms are named in their honor.

The Bradleys have two children:  Their daughter, Dr. Renee Bradley, lives in Manassas, Va., and their son, Philip, who is a 1992 Clemson graduate, lives in Charleston.


The Clemson Alumni Distinguished Service Award is based on three main criteria: personal and professional accomplishments; dedication and service to Clemson University; and devotion to community and public service. Members of the Clemson family nominate potential honorees, who are then selected by the Clemson Alumni Association as outstanding alumni, public servants and examples to others. The 2021 award presentation will occur during the fall.

The Clemson Alumni Association is an open-membership, nonprofit organization that exists to connect alumni with their alma mater. Through a variety of programs and services, the Alumni Association works with alumni around the world to ensure they have a Clemson Experience every day.


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