Academic Success Center

ASC Staff

Dr. Sue Whorton, Director of the Academic Success Center at Clemson University, Clemson SC Sue Whorton
CU Courses Coordinator

Dr. Whorton earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from Clemson in 2009. Before becoming the ASC director in July 2014, Dr. Whorton led the Bridge to Clemson University and transfer academic programs at Clemson. Additionally, she has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, both in academic and student affairs positions. Dr. Whorton sees the ASC’s main role as providing student success programs and services that can equip students with the tools they need to excel at Clemson and achieve their educational goals so that they are prepared for success after graduation. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, cheering on the Tigers, and playing golf.

Brandon W. Jones, Assistant Director of the Academic Success Center at Clemson University, Clemson SCBrandon W. Jones
Assistant Director/Coordinator of Advising and Coaching

Ashley Crisp Academic Advising/Coaching Specialist at Clemson University, Clemson SCAshley Crisp
Academic Advising/Coaching Specialist

Ashley received her BA in Communication Studies from Clemson University in 2010. As a student at Clemson, she was involved in Student Media organization as the editor of The Tiger. In 2012, she earned her Masters of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Outside of the Academic Success Center, Ashley can be found traveling, cooking, and procrastinating at Fike.

Cari Brooks Academic Advising/Coaching Specialist at Clemson University, Clemson SCCari Brooks
Academic Advising/Coaching Specialist

Ms. Brooks earned her BA and MA in English from Miami University. Before coming to Clemson, she taught composition and Literature for over twenty years and worked as a writing center director. As an academic advisor and coach, she focuses on helping students achieve their academic and personal goals. Cari serves on her church’s Social Justice and Outreach Committee and enjoys running with her husband, laughing with her three children, reading, playing Scrabble, and indulging her love of all things Disney. Cari would like to note that Miami University is in Ohio and that this fine institution was established in 1809, long before Florida was even a state.

Ms. Elizabeth McWilliams, Academic Coach Elizabeth G. McWilliams
Academic Advising/Coaching Specialist

Ms. McWilliams received her BA in Elementary Education and her MEd in Special Education from Clemson University. Elizabeth taught in public schools for 28 years and at Clemson University in the Department of Special Education. She began working at the ASC as an Academic Coach in September 2008. When not working with students, Elizabeth enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family especially her granddaughters Jemma and Lilian.

Emma Reabold Academic Advising/Coaching Specialist at Clemson University, Clemson SCEmma Reabold
Academic Advising/Coaching Specialist

Ms. Reabold graduated from Presbyterian College in 2013 with a BS in Psychology and English. While at PC, Emma was involved in Student Government and Greek life, thus sparking her desire to help college students view themselves as successful. In 2015, she completed her MEd in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from Clemson University.  Emma loves being an academic coach and advisor because she enjoys watching students’ self-confidence increase throughout their time at Clemson.  In her free time, Emma enjoys running, traveling, cooking and spending time with her husband and dog, especially at the lake.

Mr. Matthew Kirk, Graduate Assistant/Academic Coach at Clemson Univesrity Clemson SCMatthew Kirk
Academic Advising/Coaching Specialist

Mr. Kirk graduated from Wake Forest University with his BA in History. Upon graduation, he worked as an Assistant Center Director with Higher Achievement, an academic enrichment program that strives to bridge the opportunity gap for middle school-aged children in at-risk communities in Washington, DC. In 2014 he earned his Masters of Education at Clemson in the Higher Education, Student Affairs program. Outside of work, Matthew can be found laughing with his friends, cooking, debating the finer points of a nonsensical topic or serving at his local church.

Bryn Babb, Academic Counselor at Clemson University, Clemson SC Bryn Babb
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Babb earned her BS in Broadcast Journalism from Texas Christian University in 2013. During her time at TCU, she found her passion for working with students in the university setting. Bryn graduated with her MA in Higher Education with a Student Affairs emphasis in 2015 from the University of Denver. She loves the spirit at Clemson University and is thrilled to help students achieve academic success through Walk-In Coaching sessions at the ASC. In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, attempting to cook, traveling with her husband, and obsessing over her fur babies.

Ms. Lori McGregor, Academic Counselor at Clemson University, Clemson SC Lori G. McGregor
Academic Counselor

Ms. McGregor has a BA in History with English minor from LSU and an MEd in Student Personnel in Higher Education from UGA. She also has earned her Educational Specialist (EdS) in Counseling from LSU. Before coming to Clemson, she worked at LSU for nine years as an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Ms. McGregor has been an academic counselor in the ASC since 2002, offering individual sessions with students who want to improve their academic performance. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, enjoying nature, boating, reading, working jigsaw puzzles, socializing with friends, or simply relaxing with her husband and her gray cat.

Mrs. Laurel Whisler, Supplemental Instructor Coordinator at Clemson University Clelmson SC Laurel Whisler
Assistant Director/Coordinator of Course Support Programs

Mrs. Whisler has a BA in Music from Earlham College, an MA in Music from Penn State, and an MLS from Indiana University. She has 15 years of experience as an academic librarian, with 10 of those years in the Upstate. Most recently, Laurel was the College Librarian & Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Cornell College in Iowa. Laurel began working in the ASC in 2011 as SI Coordinator and ED 111 Instructor. In her spare time, she enjoys camping and fishing with her husband and daughter, quilting, knitting socks, reading, and following Cubs and Braves baseball.

Jenai Brown, Academic Counselor at Clemson University, Clemson SC Jenai Brown

Assistant Coordinator of Tutoring

Ms. Brown received her BS in Political Science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Shortly after graduating, Jenai became a College Life Coach at FSU working with first-generation college students in their sophomore year. After moving to the Upstate, Jenai worked at Tri-County Technical College, first in Career Services and then Admissions as a post-traditional recruiter. In each of her positions, she has most enjoyed connecting students with their potential. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her two sons and watching college football with her husband.

Ms. Justine Chasmar, Tutoring Coordinator at Clemson University, Clemson SC Justine Chasmar
Graduate Program Assistant

Ms. Chasmar holds a BS and MS in Mathematical Sciences, both from Clemson University. While an undergraduate at Clemson, Justine served as an SI leader and tutor in the ASC, sparking her interest in academic support. Before joining the ASC as the Tutorial Services Coordinator in February 2013, she served as the coordinator for tutoring and SI and taught the freshman seminar course at Georgia Tech for three years. Her areas of interest in higher education are motivation, peer support, and retention. Outside of work, Justine enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and watching movies.

Dr. Christine Murphy, Special Programs Coordinator at Clemson Univesrity, Clemson SC Christine C. Murphy
Special Programs Coordinator

Dr. Murphy holds a BS degree in Math and a PhD in Plant Physiology, both from Clemson University. She has served as the Special Programs Coordinator for the Academic Success Center at Clemson University since February 2007. She has over 24 years of progressively responsible experience in higher education and industry. At the ASC she has a leadership role for the assessment of ASC programs, as well as coordination of a workshop program and the peer facilitation STAR (Students Teaching Academic Responsibility) program. She has taught the undergraduate university skills course to incoming freshmen and students in academic difficulty, and has a strong professional interest in promoting student success and persistence. In her spare time, Christine enjoys traveling, gardening, beekeeping and spending time with her family.

Mr. Tom Carnot, Data Analyst at Clemson University, Clemson SC Tom Carnot
Data Analyst

Mr. Carnot began working at the Academic Success Center in April 2013 as the data analyst. He is a recent graduate of Clemson University, and he has earned both a BS and an MA in Economics. Mr. Carnot assists in the analysis and assessment of the various ASC programs, and he enjoys working with large datasets and crunching numbers. In his free time outside of work, Mr. Carnot enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and dog, traveling, playing video games, and watching sports (especially Clemson football and basketball).

Ms. Tabitha Harvey, Administrative Coordinator at Clemson University, Clemson SC Tabitha Harvey
Office Manager

Ms. Harvey began working at the Academic Success Center in August of 2012. She comes to Clemson with over nine years of experience in HR and Accounting. She is currently working to complete her BA in Sociology here at Clemson. In her free time, Ms. Harvey can be found spending time with her husband and 2 children, Ryleigh and Rush. They enjoy dirt-track racing, RZR riding, playing/coaching sports, and Clemson football.

 Kesha Smith, Administrative Coordinator at Clemson University, Clemson SC Kesha Smith
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Smith earned an Associate's Degree in Administrative Office Technology from Tri-County Technical College in 2014. She started out at Clemson working in the College of Business and Behavioral Science. She is passionate about assisting each student with their needs to succeed. Kesha loves spending time with her husband and son, fishing, boating, shopping, and socializing with family and friends.

Ms. Vickie Tollison, Receptionist at Clemson University, Clemson SC Vickie Tollison
Receptionist/Building Security Coordinator

Ms. Tollison returned to Clemson in June 2011 as Receptionist. She worked in the College of Agriculture from 1986-96. She earned an Associate's Degree in Business/Financial Management from Tri-County Technical College in 1988. Her greatest enjoyment is serving the students who come into our Center seeking information, assistance or support. Vickie loves spending time with her two daughters, boating, gardening, watching sports and socializing with friends.