Mr. Roy Pearce (1919-2004), President of Clemson University’s class of 1941, maintains 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 has 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.