Academic Success Center

ASC Staff

Dr. Elaine Richardson, Director of the Academic Success Center Sue Whorton
Academic Success Center Director
CU 1010 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.

Dr. Christine Murphy, Special Programs Coordinator 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 23 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 gardening, beekeeping and spending time with her family.  

Mrs. Laurel Whisler, Supplemental Instructor Coordinator Laurel Whisler
Supplemental Instruction Coordinator

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.

Ms. Justine Chasmar, Tutoring Coordinator Justine Chasmar
Tutoring Coordinator

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.

Ms. Lori McGregor, Academic Counselor 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.

Ms. Elizabeth McWilliams, Academic Coach Elizabeth G. McWilliams
Academic Coach

Ms. McWilliams is the Academic Coach. She 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 spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and yoga.

Mr. Matthew Kirk, Graduate Assistant/Academic CoachMatthew Kirk
Academic Coach

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.

Ms. Vickie Tollison, Receptionist Vickie Tollison

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.

Ms. Tabitha Harvey, Administrative Coordinator Tabitha Harvey
Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Harvey comes to Clemson with 9+ years of HR and Accounting experience. She attended college here at Clemson as well as Tri-County Technical College. She, along with her husband and two children, enjoy dirt track racing as well as Nascar, watching football (especially the Clemson Tigers), and spending as much time together as possible. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and shopping.

Mr. Tom Carnot, Data Analyst 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).