Emeritus College

Director and Staff

Diane SmathersDr. Diane Smathers serves as director of the Emeritus College. She joined the Emeritus College initiative in 2003 after retiring from the Cooperative Extension Service. A seasoned administrator, Dr. Smathers holds a doctoral degree in higher education with a graduate certificate in gerontology. Her dissertation (1980) was titled "A Study of the Impact of Mandatory Retirement Age Legislation on Select Faculties in the Southeast." She may be contacted at 864-656-3990 or dsmthrs@clemson.edu.

Chris Wood



Chris Wood is Assistant CFO in the Provost’s office. In this capacity, he serves as Budget Officer for the Emeritus College. He manages and reconciles all accounts receivable and payable, ensures compliance with university and state regulations, and prepares reports as needed.


Angie Keaton


Angie Keaton is Administrative Assistant in the Provost’s office. She assists with faculty matters and is responsible for coordinating the presentation of emeritus certificates and listing emeriti in the university catalogues. She also assists the Director with office management as needed.

Tiffany Smathers


Graduate student Tiffany Smathers is a volunteer in the Emeritus College. She assists the Director with daily operations as needed, including taking minutes at board meetings, and handles registration for college events.