Steven K. Watt ’81
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Scientific Research Corporation presented with Clemson’s Distinguished Service Award
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Scientific Research Corporation (SRC), Steven “Steve” Kenneth Watt, is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon former Clemson Tigers.
Watt graduated from Clemson University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Following his graduation from Clemson, Watt continued his education at Brenau University, receiving his Master of Business Administration.
Watt began his career in Washington, D.C., working for the Department of Transportation. He later joined the ZEP Corporation, a chemical company in Atlanta, Ga., moving on to the position of Director of Operations at Georgia Tech Research Corporation. He is currently the executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Scientific Research Corporation (SRC), a company founded by his family, which provides training, communications, intelligence systems and innovative defense solutions to the United States Government, the private industry and international clients.
Watt is a dedicated donor and volunteer to Clemson University. He has served in a leadership role on the Clemson University Board of Visitors and is currently a member of the President’s Advisory Board. Along with his family, Watt helped Clemson in creating and achieving the vision of the Watt Family Innovation Center, the most technologically enhanced academic building on campus. The Watt Center’s mission is to create an environment where collaboration among students, faculty, and leaders from industry and government agencies generates ideas and solves complex problems. The Watt Center is available for students and faculty in all disciplines as a flexible space for collaboration, innovation and project development. Watt currently serves on the advisory board for the center.
Watt and his wife, Pam, are members of the Thomas Green Clemson Society and the Legacy Society, ensuring the success of Clemson University for years to come. They also served on the Will to Lead Capital Campaign committee and are dedicated to supporting the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; the School of Nursing; and the President’s Leadership Circle.
Watt’s generosity has extended well beyond Clemson University to his local community and to organizations whose reach spans the country. He is an avid supporter of the Blue Angels Foundation, the Salvation Army, the Giving Tree, Toys for Tots, the Fischer House and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He is also a supporter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) in Clemson and in Western North Carolina and has served on the Marietta Country Club Board of Directors. With more than forty percent of the workforce at SRC being comprised of military veterans, Watt has focused significant attention on assisting with the health and wellbeing of veterans. He, along with his company, provides significant support to the Wounded Warrior Project, and recently, he led a campaign to rally his employees around a charity focused on assisting veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Through his efforts, the campaign raised more than $70,000 in combined employee and corporate matching contributions.
The prestigious 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 winners, who are then selected by the Clemson Alumni Association as outstanding alumni, public servants and examples to others.
Watt and his wife, Pam, have two children, Brandon (’08), who is married to Janani Raman, and Brittany Watt Childers (’13), who is married to Chase. Watt currently resides in Kennesaw, Ga.
The Clemson Alumni Association, an open-membership, nonprofit organization since its inception in 1896, connects members of the more than 161,000-strong Clemson Family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service and strengthening relationships with Clemson University and with each other. For more information, visit Clemson.edu/alumni.