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About the Pearce Center

Roy and Marnie Pearce, Pearce Center, Clemson University, Clemson South CarolinaBackground

Mr. Roy Pearce (1919-2004), President of Clemson University’s class of 1941, maintained that his professional success was directly related to his effectiveness as a communicator.  Pearce’s most notable success was his involvement in a family business that became one of the largest businesses in South Carolina. However, his legacy lives on through the creation of the Class of 1941 Studio for Student Communication.

After graduating from Clemson in 1941, Pearce would go on to stay very active in the Clemson community. He used his communication skills to serve as President of the Clemson Alumni Association and Clemson Foundation Board. He would receive from Clemson the Distinguished Service Award, an honorary doctorate and the Clemson President’s Award.  In 1991, he received Clemson’s highest honor, the Clemson Medallion.

Outside of Clemson, Pearce served as vice-chairman of the South Carolina State Development Board, President of the Rotary Club and director of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. None of these positions could have been achieved had Mr. Pearce not mastered the skill of communication.

Mr. Pearce held a firm belief that all students should have an opportunity to become effective communicators. Pearce envisioned a center whose mission was to help prepare students for the communication challenges they would face as professionals in their chosen disciplines. In 1989, in recognition of the University’s contribution to his development as a communicator, Roy and Marnie Pearce established the endowment for the Roy and Marnie Pearce Center for Professional Communication at Clemson University. 


The Pearce Center for Professional Communication promotes effective communication as an integral part of the learning process at all levels of schooling. The Center pursues these goals through a comprehensive program of interdisciplinary workshops, collaborative ventures, sponsored projects, and action research. Working through the Class of 1941 Studio for Student Communication, the Pearce Center brings together the study and practice of the communicative arts in innovative ways to emphasize flexible applications for technology and new media.

Our goals include:

  • Enhance Communication and Writing Across the Curriculum at Clemson through student-driven initiatives:
    • Client Based Program
    • Writing Fellows Program.
  • Give students experience writing, editing, designing, and producing print and digital publications.
    • The WAC Journal
    • Synergy
    • Parlor Press
  • Sponsor funded projects and that emphasize writing to learn as well as oral, visual, and digital communication.
  • Provide space and technology for collaborative work in the Class of 1941 Studio for Student Communication.
  • Support faculty across campus teaching or conducting research in Communication and Writing in the Disciplines.
  • Offer workshops designed to improve students’ communication abilities and skills and faculty members’ teaching of writing and communication.
  • Secure resources through foundation grants, private gifts, and corporate partnerships.