The award is given annually to 10 outstanding individuals who received undergraduate or graduate degrees from Clemson University within the past 10 years and who exemplify Clemson’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect. Recipients are recognized for their impact in business, leadership, community, educational and philanthropic endeavors.
McLeod graduated from Clemson in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural mechanization and business. In 2014, he completed his Master of Business Administration degree in Clemson’s Greenville-based MBA program.
He is operations manager for McLeod Farms, representing the fifth generation of his family to run the business that was named a South Carolina Centennial Farm in 2016 and the state’s Outstanding Farm in 2017.
He also is co-founder and president of AgriLinx, a startup company offering an economical computer technology platform that farmers can use to monitor, measure and manage functions ranging from irrigating crop to tracking equipment.
McLeod is a member of the South Carolina Peach Council, serves on Clemson’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center advisory committee, and was Chesterfield County’s 2014-2016 representative on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency County Committee.
He is an elder of McBee Presbyterian Church and a speaker for Clemson’s Palmetto Leadership Program for the Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (PLEAF), which is designed to cultivate and nurture current and future leaders engaged in agriculture, forestry and all aspects of stewarding South Carolina’s natural resources and environment.
He also is an entrepreneurship educator for Clemson classes in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS) and the Cultivate.CAFLS initiative to promote the development of entrepreneurial ideas and skills.
Members of the Clemson family nominate potential Roaring10 honorees, who are then selected by the Clemson Young Alumni Council. The 2021 award presentation will occur during the fall.
The primary mission of the Clemson Young Alumni Council is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to young alumni. 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.