In June 2017, Dennis “Denny” Lester became a member of the Clemson Online team and is responsible for planning, coordination, partnership development, day-to-day operations, and reporting. He has served in a variety of leadership, management, technical, and instructional positions in government, industry, and academia.
He started his professional career in the United States Air Force. During his military career, he was an instructor pilot, flight examiner, and commander. He led programs that developed leading-edge technologies supporting research, system development, training, testing, and experimentation. After completing his Air Force career, Denny was employed by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Scientific Research Corporation, and Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. He taught graduate and undergraduate courses in teambuilding, strategic management, and instructional use of computer simulation at the University of New Mexico.
In August 2014, Denny became a research professor at Clemson University and most recently served as the Associate Director for Operations and Technology Applications, Watt Family Innovation Center. In these roles, he was responsible for managing research projects; overseeing building construction and operations; developing partnerships with industry; and integrating advanced instructional technologies into the Watt Center. He has also taught for the management department at Clemson.
Denny is originally from Wichita Falls, Texas and has lived in several stateside and international locations. He currently resides in Anderson, South Carolina and has a permanent residence in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is married and has three daughters, two sons-in-law, and one grandchild. He enjoys sports and traveling the back roads on his motorcycle.