Principal Gifts


Clemson University defines principal gifts as amounts of $1 million or more given in support of the priorities of the University and the Will to Lead campaign.

These generous individuals and corporate donors have made gifts of $1 million or more in support of our students and faculty, and the engagement opportunities and facilities they need to excel. We are deeply grateful to these donors for their generosity and the differences they make at Clemson.

Donors who have made gifts of $1 million or more to Clemson University.

$10 million from BMW to endow the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).

“We believe Clemson University can become a leader in the automotive systems engineering field, helping BMW stay in the forefront and maintain its high standards of performance and reliability.” — Helmut Leube, president of BMW Manufacturing Corp.

$10 million from Darla Moore and Richard Rainwater to endow the Eugene T. Moore School of Education.

“Even if he were not my father, I would find it appropriate to see his name attached to a school of education, where many of the nation’s future teachers and principals will launch their careers. He has played an important role in the lives of many young people in this state.” — Darla Moore

Nearly $10 million gift from Margaret H. Lloyd that includes an 852-acre parcel of land on the Wateree River in Kershaw County to be used as an environmental education center.  The gift also provided $2 million to fund an endowed chair in urban ecology and restoration.

“Margaret is a constant seeker of new knowledge and has never stopped learning and growing. That is her bliss. ‘Follow your bliss’ is a short yet rich statement with benefits to all of us.” — John Kelly, former vice president for public service and agriculture

$9 million gift-in-kind from Hughes Development Corp. and GAB Properties LLC for the new home of the Clemson business programs in Greenville and site of a new street-level Clemson visitor and information center.

“All of the Upstate has been energized by Clemson’s goal to become a top-20 university. Part of that quest would include a top business school. Having the chance to locate such a school in downtown Greenville will benefit Clemson and Greenville tremendously, but it will also benefit the students and faculty and, we hope, help Clemson reach its goal —to the benefit of everyone in South Carolina.” —Robert Hughes, president of Hughes Development Corporation

$5.6 million from Self Regional Healthcare to fund research projects in conjunction with the Greenwood Genetic Center.

“The blending of research teams from both Clemson and GGC will allow our institutions to build on the strengths of one another. Self Regional’s commitment to supporting these endeavors is a vital part of understanding, and ultimately treating, disorders like autism and cancer that impact so many families.”— Steve Skinner, director of the Greenwood Genetic Center

$5.5 million from the Watt family to establish The Watt Family Innovation Center for academic collaboration and student engagement and scholarships

“We want to create an intellectual center that will prepare a new generation of scholars who can take ideas from concept to the marketplace. This will be a place to demonstrate and enable education, discovery and innovation.” — Charles Watt

$5 million from Duke Energy to help fund laboratory infrastructure, educational program development and a Smart Grid Technology Endowed Chair at the Clemson University Restoration Institute

“Clemson University is renowned for groundbreaking research, supercomputing, engineering and workforce development, but the Innovation Center and eGRID take the university to another level.” — President Emeritus James F. Barker

$5 million from Gerald and Candice W. Glenn for the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering

“Whatever the future may hold, it is certain the coming decades will require unparalleled talent and expertise in engineering and construction across the spectrum — from energy and transportation to housing and manufacturing. We are honored to be able to participate in this way in the development of the next generation of engineers.” — Gerald M. Glenn

$5 million from Anita Zucker to help finance the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in North Charleston

“South Carolina’s Lowcountry has been fortunate in recent years to have received some notable new residents. Clemson’s wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility and the Boeing Co.’s Dreamliner assembly plant are significant for the region.” — Anita Zucker

$4.11 million from Duke Energy to fund STEM education and manage educational, research and outreach activities through the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development.

“The Center for Workforce Development, through its far-reaching partnerships, addresses the challenges of creating next-generation engineers, technicians and scientists so the region and nation can continue to be competitive in a global marketplace.” — Clark Gillespy, Duke Energy state president, South Carolina.

$3.7 million from Harris A. Smith to build the Harris A. Smith Building, home to the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics

“We thank Clemson University for giving us the opportunity, 102 years later, to remain actively engaged in an industry that has seen three generations of family involvement.” — Harris A. Smith

$3.5 million from BB&T Corp. to expand the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism in the College of Business and Behavioral Science

“It is important to us that any program we support meets the highest academic standards and encourages students to hear all points of view. There is overwhelming evidence that capitalism produces a higher economic standard of living, which is why there needs to be a deeper understanding of the morality of capitalism and its causal relationship to economic well-being. BB&T is proud to partner with the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism in this important endeavor.” — John A. Allison, chairman and CEO of BB&T Corp.

$3.5 million from SCE&G to build the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston. The center houses the world’s most advances wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility.

“Developing America’s vast renewable energy resources is an important part of the Energy Department’s ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy to pave the way to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future. The Clemson testing facility represents a critical investment to ensure America leads in this fast-growing global industry — helping to make sure the best, most efficient wind energy technologies are developed and manufactured in the United States.” — U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman

$3 million from Michelin North America to endow a professorship in vehicle electronic systems integration at CU-ICAR

”This is an excellent investment for our business and provides a significant opportunity for our customers and Clemson University. This is not only an investment in the future of tire technology, but the future of South Carolina as a leader in automotive technology development.” — Jim Micali, chairman and president of Michelin North America

$3 million gift from Haworth Inc. to the Watt Family Innovation Center, including $800,000 in research funding and a $2.2 million gift-in-kind of interior products

“At Haworth, we value continuous education and the innovative schools and programs in our communities that never stop exploring and teaching. Haworth is proud to support Clemson.” — Franco Bianchi, president and CEO of Haworth Inc.

$2.5 million from the C. Tycho Howle family to establish two endowed chairs in computing research

“My life’s work has been the application of computer technology to help make companies more efficient and more responsive. As computer technology continues to advance, I like the notion of smart people continuing to apply those advances to take on difficult and challenging societal needs. My career and accomplishments are all due to the great education I received. My life would have been entirely different had I not had the benefit of my Clemson education.” — C. Tycho Howle

More than $2.8 million from the Clemson University Class of 1956 to help finance the Class of 1956 Academic Success Center

“We’re proud to have our class associated with a program with a mission to help students succeed in the classroom. From now on, when students enter this building to get tutoring and other help, they’ll know that Clemson alumni paved the way for their success.” — John M. Blackmon Jr., Class of 1956

$2.5 million from Metromont Corp. to establish the Richard H. Pennell Center for Real Estate Development

“It intrigued me that the program has students from architecture, landscape architecture and business and marries them in a unique curriculum. The center touches on everything we do at Metromont.” — Rick Pennell, president and CEO of Metromont Corp.

$2 million from Fluor Corp. to create the Fluor Endowed Chair of Supply Chain and Logistics

“As the globe continues to shrink and economies become more integrated, procurement, supply chain and logistics skills have become the lifeblood of the engineering and construction industry's ability to execute projects at home and abroad. By supporting this endowed chair at Clemson, we are ensuring that the next generation of engineers and procurement specialists are equipped with the knowledge to excel in our industry.” — Alan Boeckmann, chairman and CEO of Fluor Corp.

$2 million from Thomas F. Chapman to establish a leadership program in the College of Business and Behavioral Science and to expand and enhance Doug Kingsmore Stadium

“I know the benefits of the Clemson experience, and I want to enhance that experience for future students. I learned valuable lessons on and off the field and was fortunate to have been blessed from the commitment of mentors who took an interest in my potential.” — Thomas F. Chapman

$2 million from Tom and Becky Hash to establish the Thomas F. Hash '69 Endowed Chair in Sustainable Development

“We have a very high level of confidence in the leadership at Clemson and believe that they will do good things with the gifts they receive. You can throw money at things and get no results, but we felt that an investment in Clemson would pay dividends. Jim Barker's leadership has been amazing. Because of this, I am certain our gifts achieve results.” — Tom Hash

$2 million pledge from the Self Family Foundation to help fund an endowed chair in human genetics

“Clemson’s relationship with the internationally recognized Greenwood Genetic Center presents an excellent opportunity to attract a prominent geneticist-scientist in human genetics to fill an endowed position. Over the years we have seen Clemson transform into one of the nation’s leading research universities and are excited about the economic impact our ties with the University and this investment could have on Greenwood and South Carolina. It was my late father, Jim Self, who understood the enormous potential of genetics research that led him to help Dr. Roger Stevenson establish the Greenwood Genetics Center over 35 years ago. We hope our pledge will help realize his dream of diversifying Greenwood’s economy and forging an ever stronger relationship between two institutions he deeply cared for.” — Virginia Preston Self, Self Family Foundation chairwoman

$2 million from Comporium and PalmettoNet to establish an Optoelectronics Research Center of Economic Excellence, which is supported by the PalmettoNet Endowed Chair in Optoelectronics and the Comporium Fund for Excellence in Optoelectronics

“This generous funding will help create an internationally reputable program that will enable us to recruit a world-class faculty leader to the state of South Carolina to lead the research in this burgeoning area of technology. We are located in a cluster area of optoelectronics companies and this center should further the creation of high tech jobs in the state.” — Darren Dawson, chair of the Holcombe Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

$1.6 million gift of real estate from Patrick Square LLC and the Cheezem Family to house the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

“We see OLLI at Clemson as a ‘university for the Upstate,’ an amenity for the entire region, and feel privileged to facilitate a way for people to continue their love of teaching and to pursue new passions and vocations.”— Michael Cheeze

$1.5 million from The Shaw Group Inc. to establish the Toshiba Endowed Professorship in Engineering in honor of Toshiba President and CEO Norio Sasaki

“Clemson’s nuclear environmental engineering and science graduate program is focused on preparing graduates who are capable and qualified to take future leadership roles in the nuclear environmental community. The role of the nuclear environmental engineering is to ensure that activities involving nuclear materials are safe and environmentally sound.” —Timothy DeVol, Toshiba Endowed Professorship in Engineering

$1.5 million from Mitch and Carla Norville to establish the Ernest R. Norville Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering and help build a basketball practice facility

“To be successful in any business, you have to be a team player and be willing to work with others, but at the same time you have to have a will to lead. Successful leadership in a university is no different. Carla and I are glad to be able to be a part of helping Clemson rise to meet the challenge for the next generation.” — Mitch Norville

$1.5 million from Dr. Theodore “Ted” G. Westmoreland to endow the academic success program in the Class of 1956 Academic Success Center

“I am pleased to have my name linked with the academic success program. I believe in the value of a Clemson education, and this program continues to assist students in getting the most out of that education.” — Dr. Theodore “Ted” G. Westmoreland

$1.5 million in software from Siemens for to the Clemson University Institute for Intelligent Materials, Systems and Environments

“The process of developing complex, human-centered, technological living environments for vulnerable segments of the population should prove easier with these software tools. They allow the research team to design physical environments that empower people, even as their physical capabilities alter over time.” — Keith Green, director of the Institute for Intelligent Materials, Systems and Environments

$1.5 million from Carolina First, through The South Financial Group Foundation, to CU-ICAR to build the Carolina First Gallery

“We are honored to be a partner with CU-ICAR for the Carolina First Gallery. CU-ICAR is an outstanding example of our community’s initiative, partnerships and achievements, and Carolina First is proud not only to be a part of this innovative project but also a future neighbor.” — Mack Whittle, former chairman and CEO of Carolina First

$1.5 million from Goz and Pat Segars to provide need-based assistance and engagement opportunities for students in agriculture-related majors.

 “I feel very strongly about the future of agriculture in our country, and I would like to help students have very broad, real-world experiences so they will have a better understanding of all facets of agriculture.” —Goz Segars ‘66

$1.5 million from the Fluor Foundation to establish the Fluor-Clemson International Capital Projects Supply Chain Partnership Endowment.

“The importance of the global supply chain has increased exponentially for engineering, procurement and construction companies since Fluor and Clemson first established the Fluor Endowed Chair of Supply Chain and Logistics at Clemson in 2007. Six years later, with Fluor’s annual global procurement spend of $19 billion and with a majority of our project backlog overseas, this international expansion of the supply chain and logistics program is paramount for developing supply chain leaders of the future in our industry.” —David Seaton, chairman and CEO of Fluor Corporation, chairman of the Fluor Foundation

$1.3 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to fund a partnership between the Call Me MISTER program and Jackson State University to increase the number of African-American males teaching in K-8 classrooms in Mississippi

“The Jackson State University family, led by President Carolyn W. Meyers and Academic Provost Dr. James C. Renick, is extremely grateful for the generosity of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. We are proud to partner with Clemson University and the Call Me MISTER program.” — Daniel Watkins, dean of JSU’s College of Education and Human Development

$1.25 million from professor emeritus John Morse and his wife, Suzanne, to establish an endowment in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

“I’ve taught at Clemson for over 33 years. There is truly something special here, and I am grateful for the privilege to work with world-class faculty and talented students every day. It's a thrill to come through those stone gates each morning. I wanted to give something back to the place that has given me so much.” — John Morse

$1.25 million pledge from IPTAY for need-based scholarships

“The members of the IPTAY board know that Clemson strives to create the leaders of tomorrow, instilling in students both the understanding and the drive that will change both their futures and ours. Dwindling public funding, a struggling economy and increasing numbers of people entering higher education have created urgency for additional scholarships.” — Charles Dalton, president of the IPTAY board of directors

$1.25 million from Carl M. Lund Jr., M.D.; his wife, Scarlett; and Mary Lund to establish an endowed chair in agricultural science

“The challenges to agriculture today are greater than ever. The Lund Endowed Chair in Agricultural Science has been established to ensure that the best minds are working at Clemson University to conduct research and educate students to meet the agricultural needs of the future.” — Dr. Carl M. Lund Jr.

$1.2 million from the estate of Caroline Barton Caughman. $1,155,000 will establish the Kenneth and Caroline Caughman Memorial Endowment Fund. The remaining $90,000 will create the Kenneth “Ken” G. Caughman Jr. ’48 and Caroline Barton Caughman Quasi-Endowment for the Library.

“Ken was a true Tiger fan. He was fanatical about Clemson, and that rubbed off on my sister. Caroline became very devoted to Clemson, just as Ken was.”  —Don Barton, Caroline Caughman’s brother

$1.2 million from the estate of Porter and Sara Adams to establish an unrestricted scholarship fund.

“Like Thomas Green Clemson, the Adams had the foresight to plan for the future, and Clemson students will benefit from their generosity for generations to come.” — Brian O’Rourke, director of development and alumni affairs

$1.1 million from Samuel and Patricia Deal for alternative energy research

“The innovative combination of engineering and science disciplines facilitates study and research across departmental boundaries. An endowment like the Deals' will allow us to continue current research in alternative energy and pursue new avenues of exploration.” — Esin Gulari, former College of Engineering and Science dean

$1.1 million from Ronald and Katherine Harper for the graphic communications department

“The Harpers, Ron and Katherine, have helped shape, contribute and support our efforts at Clemson, particularly in graphic communications, for decades. And it is more than technology. Their belief in students, in education and their network, extending from the family out to the farthest reaches of the printing industry, have motivated us through their passion and expertise. Their gift will have a lasting mark on Clemson students — in their careers, the industry we share and the future.” — Sam Ingram, chairman of the graphic communications department

$1.1 million from the estate of Ethelyn Berry Smith to establish the Harry Graves Berry Bioengineering Endowment to honor her brother, who graduated from Clemson in 1941

“Donors like Ethelyn Smith are the epitome of Thomas Green Clemson’s legacy of planned giving.” — Brian O’Rourke, director of development and alumni affairs

$1.05 million from Joe and Gretchen Erwin to establish the Erwin Center for the Study of Advertising and Communication.

 “Top companies, including most of our clients, are extremely proficient at developing more innovative and reliable products and services by using cutting-edge technology and insight-driven ingenuity. The Erwin Center will help prepare future generations of marketers to similarly use information, technology and modeling methods to skillfully promote these products and services.” — Joe Erwin ‘79

$1 million charitable remainder trust from attorney Albert D. McAlister for scholarships

“Education is the greatest gift we can give our children. It’s the only thing we can take with us. This is a gift not only to Clemson, but to future generations of students.” — Albert D. McAlister

$1 million from ScanSource Inc. to support College of Business and Behavioral Science programs in downtown Greenville

“As an international business headquartered in Greenville, we fully understand the need for continued economic development and the availability of high-caliber educational opportunities. These are critical to the growth of our community and facilitate the recruitment and development of a world-class work force for our company. We have a longstanding relationship with Clemson University, having implemented a successful recruitment program, as well as having a heavy Clemson presence in our work force. We're very excited about the opportunities Clemson's business school will bring to Greenville and to our company.” — Mike Baur, chief executive officer of ScanSource Inc.

$1 million from the Jean T. and Heyward G. Pelham Foundation to support Architecture + Health graduate program; name a studio and seminar room in Lee Hall; the School of Design + Building’s program in Genoa, Italy, Barcelona, Spain, and Charleston; and support students studying at off-campus locations

“International travel is good for any student regardless of experience level. It’s confidence-building and gives you new insight into your own culture. It’s a broadening experience that you can’t get any other way.” — William H. “Bill” Pelham, AIA

$1 million from R. Glenn and Heather Hillard to create the Glenn ’65 and Heather Hilliard Endowed Professorship in Environmental Sustainability

“The purpose of this Clemson University professorship is to foster the identification and preservation of natural environments in the state of South Carolina and to identify and support sustainable development and economic growth for our state in places other than in or around our irreplaceable natural environments. One of our goals in life is to leave this world, and our state, a better and more beautiful place. We believe this Clemson University professorship will help to do that long after we are gone.” — R. Glenn Hilliard

$1 million commitment from the Class of 1963 for the Bridge to Clemson University program.

“When the Class of ‘63 committee began to discuss our 50th anniversary gift to the University, Clemson trustee Joe Swann, who is in our class, suggested that we consider the Bridge to Clemson program that has a significant impact on students from the state. The direct impact on students was the driving point, and our class will be able to greatly enhance a fantastic program.” —Lewis Dorrity, class leader

$1 million from an anonymous donor to endow the Samuel Lewis Bell and Lucia Beason Bell Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

“The holder of the Samuel Lewis Bell Professorship will be an integral part of a community of scholars and entrepreneurs with shared interests and expertise in optoelectronics research. To see this technology advanced at Clemson University is an honor, and we are very grateful to this donor.” —Darren Dawson, department chair for electrical and computer engineering

$1 million charitable remainder trust from Maurice “Butch” and Joy Feree to benefit students in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, through the Dr. Maurice E. “Butch” Feree and Joy Culver Feree Scholarship Endowment and through experiential learning programs.

“This gift will not only help students attend Clemson, but it will also fund priceless learning experiences for them. Like Dr. Ferree, our students will go on to work in such industries as agriculture and horticulture. This gift will help our students be better prepared to enter those industries and make an impact in their fields.” – Thomas Scott, former dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

$1 million from the Class of 1964 for scholarships and support of the Class of 1956 Academic Success Center.

“With this gift, the Class of 1964 has made a difference for Clemson University and for all future generations of Clemson students. It will help Clemson to remain competitive for the best students, regardless of financial need, and give them the tools they need to succeed once they enroll here.” — President James P. Clements

$1 million from the Barnes family for renovation of the Sheep Barn into the Barnes Center, a space for student activity and engagement

Students want and need a welcoming, accessible and inclusive place to connect on campus in a positive Clemson environment. As a vibrant student hub on campus, we can meet these needs while preserving and honoring Clemson’s rich and honorable agricultural history through the restoration of this great venue.” — Gail DiSabatino, vice president for student affairs