Susan Ridgeway Nunamaker ’01

The Clemson University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has recognized Susan Ridgeway Nunamaker of Seneca, SC as one of the 2018 “Roaring 10” – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.

A former accountant, Nunamaker is a second-career educator who is dedicated to enlightening the community about the importance of education. In 2014, Susan joined the Central Elementary School transformation team as the instructional coach and helped the school to become a top-performing school in the district while increasing 132 positions in state rankings over the course of only one year (2014-2015).

She joined the faculty at Clemson in 2017 as the program coordinator for the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning and has coordinated numerous partnerships between Clemson and local schools to encourage exposure to higher education. Nunamaker was honored as the 2018 University Supervisor of the Year for Early Childhood Education due to her dedication to mentoring and guiding future teachers to improve the craft of teaching for the benefit of students across the State of South Carolina and beyond.

The primary mission of Clemson YAC is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson YAC exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.