Meet the First Lady, Beth Clements

The effervescent first lady of Clemson University and better half of President Jim Clements, Beth the proud mother of four children: Tyler, Hannah and son-in-law Max Kinser, Maggie and son-in-law Tanner Coombs, and Grace. Through Grace’s special needs, Beth found her true passion in helping people who learn differently achieve inclusiveness and independence in their daily lives.

As a board member for ClemsonLIFE, a program at Clemson designed for students with intellectual disabilities who desire a postsecondary experience on a college campus, Beth is a passionate advocate for these students. 

Whether she is fundraising for ClemsonLIFE, which operates solely on private donations and student tuition, or spending time with the students in the program on campus or her family at home, Beth approaches everything she does with a high level of enthusiasm and dedication.

Beth graduated from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master of Education degree in reading. After graduation, she taught school in Baltimore before the birth of her first child, Tyler. After Tyler was born, Beth left teaching to devote her time to raising her family.

Faith is a very important aspect of Beth’s life, and she and her family attend NewSpring Church in Clemson. Beth is also a yogi and an avid reader, and she enjoys attending Clemson sporting events with her family.

The Clements Family, Clemson University, Clemson SC

  • Clemson University first lady Beth Clements visits classroom
  • Clemson University first lady Beth Clements visits classroom
First Lady and President's Home at Clemson University, Clemson, SC

A native of Corning, New York, Beth Clements has long been a member of the Clemson Family. Ever since her older brother, Greg Smith, came to Clemson as an undergraduate student in 1981, she and her family have felt a special connection to Clemson. Her younger brother, Gene, followed in Greg’s footsteps, graduating from Clemson in 1994.

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Beth in the news

Beth Clements: Clemson’s First Lady reflects on her daughter and life’s special moments — article and video (Elysian Magazine)

15 Minutes with Beth Clements (TALK Greenville)

Behind the Orange Door (Greenville Journal)

Fresh on the Menu Videos

Beth Clements & 1826 Bistro, Pendleton SC

Contact Information

  • Beth Clements
    One Parkway Drive
    Clemson, SC 29634

  • Linda Wofford
    President and First Lady’s Home
    Director of Events
    One Parkway Drive
    Clemson, SC 29634
    864-903-3694 (cell)
  • Speaking Requests
    If you would like to have First Lady, Beth Clements speak at an upcoming event, please contact Linda Wofford at least 30 days in advance.