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Senior Advisory Board

The College of Education has established Senior Advisory Board that helps advise and guide its work. The mission of the board is to advise the college regarding its progress and interactions with individuals, corporations and agencies external to Clemson University and to develop, plan and facilitate targeted activities that advance college goals through outreach.

Members hail from governmental entities, school districts, corporations and nonprofit organizations, and all are committed to the College of Education's efforts to improve life outcomes across South Carolina and the nation. We are grateful to all of our volunteers — present and future — who will help us provide these transformational opportunities.

Senior Advisory Board Members

Susan BanksonSusan Bruce Bankson

Susan Bankson serves as a vice president and South Carolina Community affairs representative for Wells Fargo. She was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in American studies from Newcomb College of Tulane University. Bankson did her graduate work at the University of Virginia and holds a Master of Urban Planning and an M.A. in public administration. She also holds a certificate of historic preservation from the School of Architecture at the University.

Bankson has worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation with the Main Street program and for the New Orleans Planning Commission. Prior to her role at Wells Fargo, she was the first executive director of the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation serving the Pee Dee area of South Carolina.

She recently served on the board of the South Carolina Association for Nonprofit Organizations and is a member of the executive committee for the South Carolina Grantmakers Network. She is married and has four grown children. 

Edith Howard BosticEdith Howard Bostic

Edith (Edie) Bostic is an active volunteer in the field of education. She has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and earned her master’s degree from Clemson University in 1978. Early in her career she taught in Fairfax County, Virginia, and Greenville County, South Carolina.

Currently, Bostic is a member of the Clemson University Foundation Board, an alumni regent for Northwestern University, director of the Northwestern Atlanta Area Alumni Admission Council, and a member of the Northwestern WE WILL Campaign committee. In 2007, she was a recipient of Northwestern’s Alumni Service Award. She is a member of Sen. Johnny Isakson’s Military Academy Selection Board. She also has served as a member of the Spartanburg Methodist College Board of Trustees.

Bostic is involved in a number of education and arts organizations in the Atlanta area. She was instrumental in expanding the Fulton County, Georgia, curriculum to include Mandarin Chinese.

The daughter of a U.S. Army Officer, she calls the world her home. Edie now resides in Atlanta, Georgia, is married to James E. Bostic, Jr., CU ’69, ’72, and has two grown sons, James III, CU ’05, Johns Hopkins ’12, and Scott, USMA ’05 (West Point), Wesley Theological Seminary ’16.

Michael BrenanMichael Brenan

Michael R. Brenan is the state president of BB&T for South Carolina. He began his career in banking in 1975 as a management trainee. In 1988, he became the president and chief executive officer of Bank One, Portsmouth, N.A. In 1994, he became chairman, president and chief executive officer of MainStreet Financial Corporation, a multi-bank holding company, headquartered in Virginia. In 1998, MainStreet was acquired by BB&T Corporation and Brenan moved to Columbia to assume his responsibilities with BB&T. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Bowling Green State University.

Brenan currently serves on the board of a number of organizations, including the Trinity Forum, University of South Carolina’s Business Partnership Foundation (past chairman), Claflin University, the South Carolina Bankers Association (past chairman), United Way of the Midlands (past chairman), South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (past chairman), South Carolina Chamber of Commerce (past chairman), Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce (past chairman), Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation (past chairman), BIPEC (treasurer), Central SC Alliance (chairman), Midlands Business Leadership Group, and Palmetto Business Forum Executive Committee. Gov. Nikki Haley appointed him to the South Carolina Board of Education.

Brenan and his wife Julie have four children, Erin, Andrew, Rob and Molly.

Traci Young CooperTraci Young Cooper, Ed.D.

Traci Young Cooper, Ed.D., serves as past chair of the South Carolina State Board of Education, representing the Fifth Judicial Circuit. She served as chair-elect of the state board in 2014, and as chair of the board in 2015. She has worked as a secondary English language arts teacher, curriculum resource teacher, assistant administrator, assistant principal and district-level administrator. In 2002, Cooper was selected as South Carolina’s State Teacher of the Year.

A lifelong learner, Cooper is a graduate of Richland School District One’s Aspiring Administrators Academy and the South Carolina Educational Policy Fellows Program, and was a Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program participant in Toyko, Japan. She was also named by the National Afterschool Alliance as a 2007 National Afterschool Ambassador. She served as the interim senior executive director of student support services for Richland County School District One, and is currently Richland One's director of strategic partnerships and extended day programs.

Her acute interest in educational policy formation and public school advocacy was cemented on the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, where she served two consecutive terms. While on the EOC, she worked with bipartisan colleagues on an ongoing review of the state’s education improvement process, assessed school/school district outcomes, promoted the need for higher levels of student achievement, and evaluated the standards schools must meet to build the education system needed to compete in the 21st century.

Cooper obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgetown University; Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of South Carolina; Educational Specialist degree from South Carolina State University; and a doctorate in educational administration from South Carolina State University. She is married to Dr. Noble P. Cooper, Jr., and the Coopers have three children (Carlisle Carrington, Chandler Christina, and Noble Cooper), who attend public schools in South Carolina.

Kathryn Lee D'AndreaKathryn Lee D’Andrea

Kathryn Lee D’Andrea serves as a professor of practice. She has previously served as superintendent of Anderson School District 4 and superintendent of the School District of Pickens County. D’Andrea has experience on numerous state and regional committees and task forces. She has served as coordinator of early childhood and family literacy, director of the West Market Family Education Center, and assistant superintendent of data and accountability in Anderson School District 5. She began her career as a first grade teacher in Columbus, Georgia. D’Andrea earned a Ph.D. and master’s degree in education leadership from Clemson University and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Georgia.

Kristy Thomason EllenbergKristy Thomason Ellenberg

Kristy Thomason Ellenberg serves as president of Ellenberg Associates, Inc., a company that provides training, management and consulting services to government, non-profit and corporate clients. In this role since 2002, she has designed and facilitated collaborative processes, strategic planning sessions, nonprofit board development and governance trainings, volunteer coordination and fund development strategies. Previously, she served as a community and economic development specialist for the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service at the Sandhill Research and Education Center.

Ellenberg has volunteered in her community in many capacities. She currently serves as secretary and executive committee member for the South Carolina State Museum Foundation Board. She is a sustaining member and past-president of the Junior League of Columbia, Inc., where she has been recognized with numerous awards and served six years on its Board of Directors. She is a past member of the Winston’s Wish Board of Directors, which helps children with autism and their families thrive.

Ellenberg earned her Bachelor of Science in horticulture from Clemson University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She was raised in Clemson family in Florence, South Carolina, and is married to Jack Ellenberg, who was recently named Clemson University’s associate vice president for the Office of Corporate Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives. They live in Columbia, South Carolina, with their two children who attend Richland One public schools.

Katherine HowardKatherine Howard

When Katherine Howard became a Tiger, she was “All In” and has been since her first step on the Clemson campus with her family. She spent summers at Clemson at 4-H camp as a young girl, firmly planting in the minds of her parents that she would become a college student at Clemson. Having always wanted to be a teacher, she received her bachelor and master's degrees from Clemson. She also received her Ph.D. in school leadership from the University of South Carolina.

Very early in her career, Howard became a successful school principal, leading her schools to Palmetto’s Finest as well as National Blue Ribbon Schools. She served as president of the SC Principals Association, and has been named SC Administrator of the Year by numerous organizations. She also was elected to serve on the International Association and Supervision of Curriculum and Development for three years. A great honor for her service was the Lifetime Achievement Award from the SC Association of School Administrators.

Howard and her husband own Sand Dollar Consulting, a firm dedicated to improving schools through coaching principals and monitoring and improving classroom instruction. She is also active in her church and community. In addition, she is the chair of the South Carolina Lions Charitable Services Board and a member of the Greenville County Planning Commission.

Dedication to her alma mater is why Howard continues to “bleed orange.” She has been honored to serve on the School of Education Transition Team, the College of Health, Education and Human Development External Advisory Board, the University Parent’s Council, and the College of Education Campaign Leadership Committee. The honor of being named a Clemson University Alumni Fellow was a highlight of her life.

Calvin JacksonCalvin “Chip” Jackson

Calvin “Chip” Jackson currently serves as the chief operating officer for administration at the Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, a progressive ministry in Columbia with more than 14,000 members. He is concluding his second term on the Richland School District Two Board of Trustees in Columbia, South Carolina, and was recently elected to the Richland County Council. He has also served as the chair for the External Advisory Board for the College of Health, Education and Human Development at Clemson University from 2004-2016.

Jackson served as a deputy superintendent of the South Carolina Department of Education from 1999 until 2005. Prior to working at the department, he was director of the downtown Palmer Campus of Trident Technical College (TTC). Before his career at TTC, he was the college registrar at the College of Charleston. His career in higher education began as an admissions officer for the University of South Carolina.

The co-author of two books, Jackson served as a member of the national advisory committee to develop the new South Carolina student assessment and was the 2009 recipient of the Governor and Mrs. Richard W. Riley Award for Excellence in Dropout Prevention.

Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina as well as a master’s degree in public administration/public policy.

He is married to Patricia, a teacher at Ridge View High School in Columbia, South Carolina. They have two adult children who graduated from Clemson University.

Hayes MizellHayes Mizell

In 1966, Hayes Mizell established the South Carolina office of the non-profit American Friends Service Committee and directed it until 1982. In that capacity, he advocated for and monitored desegregation of the state’s public schools and engaged in a broad range of other activities to improve the education of students from low-income and African-American families. He also served as vice chair of the South Carolina Basic Skills Advisory Commission. In 1979, he was appointed by President Carter as chairman of the National Advisory Council on the Education of Disadvantaged Children, and he served in that capacity until 1982. During 1970-1974 and 1982-1986, Hayes served as an elected member of the Richland County School District One Board of Commissioners. In the mid-1980s, he worked with Gov. Richard Riley and others in developing recommendations that became the basis for South Carolina's historic Education Improvement Act.

From 1987 to 2003, Mizell was director of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s Program for Student Achievement. In that capacity, he conceived and implemented the foundation’s major initiatives to support middle school reform in selected cities throughout the United States. In 2003, Hayes semi-retired and returned to South Carolina, where he served as the Distinguished Senior Fellow of Learning Forward until 2015.

Mizell currently serves on the national advisory board of Parents for Public Schools, the South Carolina Community Block Grants for Education Pilot Program Grants Committee (chair), the partnership board of the African-American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina, the implementation committee of the University of South Carolina Center for Civil Rights History and Research, the WINGS for Kids Board of Directors, the Transportation Penny Advisory Committee to Richland County Council (chair), and the steering committee of the Education Council of the United Way of the Midlands.    

Mizell attended the public schools of Birmingham, Alabama; Aberdeen, Mississippi; Macon, Mississippi; and Anderson, South Carolina. He received an A.A. degree from Anderson Junior College (now Anderson University) and a B.A. from Wofford College. He pursued graduate work in American history at the University of South Carolina. In 1968-1969, he was a fellow in Negro and Southern History at Johns Hopkins University.  

damon quallsDamon Qualls

Damon Qualls is principal at Monaview Elementary School in Greenville, South Carolina, having served previously as assistant principal at Greenville's Berea Middle School. He previously served 11 years in a Title 1 school, where he shared with students the realization that education is the vehicle to drive them towards a more promising future. He has used this platform to train teachers on how he obtains creditable results from a student population that is stereotypically at-risk or unproductive. To ensure students had an equal opportunity for success despite major budget cuts, Qualls to date has acquired over $200,000 for his school(s) and $65,000 for his own classroom. In May 2015, Qualls represented more than 250,000 teachers at the National Partner Summit, where comedian and late night talk show host Stephen Colbert surprised him on stage to announce a $800,000 gift for public schools in South Carolina. 

Qualls has also implemented mentor programs such as the Men Who Read Program that have been duplicated across the country. He enjoys presenting on the local, state and national levels, empowering fellow educators to seek opportunities to improve their classroom, school and local community.

The Call Me MISTER program served as a catalyst for his career, allowing him to travel the nation sharing the need of a more diverse teacher work force. The MISTER initiative provided Damon life-changing opportunities, including interviews with the Oprah Winfrey Show, JET and TIME magazines, ABC News in New York, and South Carolina Educational Television.

Qualls earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Benedict College, a Master of Education degree in divergent Learning at Columbia College, and a master’s degree in school leadership and administration at Southern Wesleyan University. 

John C. ReadJohn C. Read

John C. Read is CEO of the Tri-County Cradle-to-Career Collaborative, a collective impact initiative supporting the education success of children in the Charleston, South Carolina, region from prenatal to work force readiness.

Previously, Read served as president and chief executive for SeriousFun Children’s Network, Paul Newman’s global network of camps and programs serving children with life-threatening illnesses. From 2002 to 2011, he served as chief executive for Outward Bound USA. During his tenure, most of the organization’s independent 501(c)3s agreed to merge under a single fiduciary board and authoritative management.

Read entered the non-profit sector after serving as president and CEO for Heavy Duty Holdings, a $400 million mobile equipment components company he founded and consolidated (now Commercial Vehicles Group, Inc). He began his career in government service, holding positions at the federal level in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the Treasury Department, and at the state level serving as the chief economic advisor to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1976, he was appointed by President Ford and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary for employment standards in the Labor Department.

Following public service, Read spent 13 years with Cummins Engine Company in a series of manufacturing plant management positions, culminating as vice president for the worldwide engineering and manufacture of the company’s mid-range family of engines. At the Donaldson Company, a global manufacturer of engine and industrial filtration products, he served as an executive vice president for engine filtration products worldwide before establishing Heavy Duty Holdings.

Read graduated from Kent School in 1965 and holds a B.A. and MBA from Harvard University and an honorary doctorate from Centenary College and Shenandoah University.

He is married to Alexandra Read and they have three children and five grandchildren.

Ansel SandersAnsel Sanders

Ansel Sanders is president and CEO of Public Education Partners, a local education foundation that supports, advocates for, and invests in public education in Greenville, South Carolina. Prior to joining Public Education Partners in June 2015, he completed the Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During his doctoral program’s residency year, he served as the director of partnerships for the Tennessee Achievement School District, an innovative model for improving Tennessee’s lowest-performing public schools.

Sanders began his career in education in 2004 through Teach for America, serving as an eighth grade English-Language Arts teacher in Baltimore, Maryland, for three years and completing a Master of Arts in Teaching at John Hopkins University. He subsequently moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where he became an assistant administrator at Mauldin Middle School before serving as the founding Director of A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering in 2010. He also played a leading role in the development of Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School, which opened in 2014, and its schoolwide STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) design. 

Kathleen Swinney

Kathleen Swinney and her husband, Dabo, have lived in Clemson for 15 years. They are the proud parents of three boys: Will, a freshman at Clemson majoring in business; Drew, a Palmetto Fellow scholarship recipient and senior at Daniel High School who plans to attend Clemson; and Clay, an eighth grader at Edwards Middle School. She stays busy with the four men in her life and enjoys building a family environment for the members of the Clemson Football team.

The Swinneys started a foundation, Dabo’s All In Team, in 2009, which focuses on improving lives through health and education across the state of South Carolina. They work hard every year to raise money for a variety of causes through the foundation.

Swinney is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in human environmental science and a master’s degree in education. She taught first grade in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, then moved to sixth, seventh and eighth grade special education. She later taught at Shelton State Community College. 

Earl H. WagenerEarl H. Wagener

Earl H. Wagener earned his Ph.D. degree in physical organic chemistry from Clemson University in 1967. Over the past 40 years, he has held leadership positions in 11 research and development groups at Dow Chemical, Stepan and Tetramer in both the U.S. and Europe. These groups have developed innovative products having cumulative sales of over $3 billion, including the first commercially feasible cathodic electrodeposition polymers, membranes for reverse osmosis, gas separation, fuel cells, and dialysis, urethane and epoxy polymers for the aerospace, electronic, automotive, and coatings industries, specialty latexes for coating, construction, medical, and agricultural industries, and specialty chemicals such as ion exchange resins, antibacterials, methocel, mining chemicals and surfactants for use in home care, personal care, agricultural, and food products.

Wagener joined Tetramer Technologies L.L.C., in 2001 as CEO. He has been the principal investigator for seven Phase I, 4 Phase II, 2 Phase IIB and 1 Phase IIR NSF SBIR Awards. He is an NSF Senior Discovery Fellow and was elected to the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers and Scientists in 2002.

latoya youngLaToya G. Young

LaToya G. Young currently serves as an assistant principal in Richland School District Two in Columbia, South Carolina. During her 16-year career in education, she has served as an English language arts teacher, site-based AVID coordinator and teacher, and technology specialist, and she has assumed several leadership roles. Prior to beginning her career in education, she was a human resource representative for Federal Mogul in Sumter, South Carolina.

A graduate of Clemson University, she received her Bachelor of Arts in English in 1998 and a Master of Human Resource Development degree in 2000. She also earned a Master of Education in educational administration from the University of South Carolina in 2013.

Young is a member of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Palmetto State Teachers Association. She is also a volunteer with Sistercare, Richland County CASA, and the United Way.