CIECD Administration

Dr. HortonPaul M. “Mac” Horton, Director

Director, Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development (CIECD)
Director, Sandhill Research and Education Center (Sandhill REC)
803-788-5700 ext. 26,

Degrees Held:

B.S., Zoology, Clemson University
M.S., Entomology, Clemson University
Ph.D., Entomology, Auburn University


Dr. Horton is responsible for the administration, management and planning for all of Clemson University’s Research, Extension and other Public Service-related activities at the Sandhill Research and Education Center, and for the Institute for Economic and Community Development (CIECD). The CIECD is located at the Sandhill REC.

The mission of CIECD is to assist communities toward a livable, prosperous and sustainable future by enhancing their capacity to control their own destinies. This mission accomplished by:

  • Fostering research, collaboration, capacity-building and leadership for sustainable community and economic development

  • Fully engaging University faculty and students in CIECD efforts

  • Providing leadership in cultural and environmental stewardship

  • Convening practitioners and researchers in an interactive environment that results in innovative, sustainable solutions for South Carolina’s communities

Over the last 12 months, the CIECD has provided a wide range of support and programs to more than 50 communities and interacted with more than 5000 citizens in all 46 counties around South Carolina. These efforts support mission goals.

Publication & Presentation Highlights:

The Historical Perspective of Clemson’s Research and Education Centers. Presentation to President’s Retreat at the Madren Center, Clemson, SC. January, 2006.

Engaging South Carolina Communities: The Sandhill REC & Clemson Institute for Economic & Community Development. March, 2004 Presentation to the Congaree Land Trust, Columbia, SC.

Brennan, B., Paul M. Horton, and Sabina F, Swift. 2000. Military Pest Management Training Manual. University of Hawaii at Manoa. Honolulu, HI. 400pp.

Miller, S. and P.M. Horton. 2000. Economic impacts of the imported fire ant in South Carolina.The Journal of Urban and Agricultural Entomology.

Horton, P.M. editor and coordinator: 1977-1997. The Agricultural Chemicals Handbook. Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. Revised and published annually; approx. 1000 pages.

Research Activities:

1970-present: Biology and Management of Red Imported Fire Ants; Management of Urban and Industrial Pests.

1989-1992: Reduction of Surface and Subsurface Water Contamination by Agricultural Contaminants.

1981-1985: Decontamination of Pesticide-contaminated Sites through the Use of Soil Amendments and Microbial Enhancement.

1978-1983: Biology, Management and Pesticide Resistance of Stored Product Insects.

Past Appointments:

1999 - 2002: Assistant Director to the Deans & Directors-Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service (CUCES) and the SC Agriculture and Forestry Research System (CUAFRS), Public Service and Agriculture.

1997- 1999: Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology, Clemson University, South Carolina.

995-1997: Professor and Extension Entomologist, Agricultural, Urban and Industrial Entomology, Department of Entomology, Clemson University, South Carolina.

1975-1997: Faculty Member and Extension Entomologist, Department of Entomology, Clemson University, SC. Also during this period:

1983-1986: Acting Assistant Director of Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resource Programs, CUCES, and Department Head, Marine Extension Program, CUCES and SC Sea Grant Consortium

1988-1989: Interim National Program Leader for Pesticide Programs, Extension Service, USDA, Washington, DC.

1973-1975: State Pesticide Control Official, Plant Pest Regulatory Service, Clemson University

1969-1971: Public High School Science Teacher, Grades 7-8, Pickens, SC.

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HughesDr. David W. Hughes

Program Leader, Economic and Community Development, Clemson University Extension Service
Assistant Director, Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development
Assistant Director, Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center
Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Applied Economics and Statistics.

Degrees Held:

Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, Washington State University
M.S.  Agricultural Economics, Clemson University, Clemson
B.A.   History, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

Research Interest:

Regional, rural, and community economic development, economic impact analysis, workforce development, entrepreneurial development, agricultural based rural development


Program planning and delivery of extension activity in community and economic development.   Assisting in program planning and delivery for outreach activities (including research) originating from the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development.  Assist in program planning relating to facilities use and development, Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center.  Usually responsibilities relating to outreach, research, and teaching in applied economic development with an emphasis on meeting the needs of South Carolina.

Publication Highlights:

Hughes, David.  “Rural-Urban Economic Linkages: Implications for Industry Targeting Recommendations.” in S. Goetz, S. Deller, and T. Harris (eds.) Targeting Regional Economic Development, Philadelphia: Taylor & Francis (Forthcoming, 2008).

Hughes, David W. Cheryl Brown, Stacey Miller, and Tom McConnell. “Evaluating the Economic Impact of Farmers’ Markets Using an Opportunity Cost Framework.”  Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. 2008 40(1): 253-265..

Hughes, David and Martin Shields. “Revisiting Tourism Regional Economic Impact: Accounting for Secondary Household Employment.” Review of Regional Studies. 2007 37(2): 186-206.

Hughes, David W.  "Policy Uses of Economic Multiplier and Impact Analysis.” Choices.  2nd Quarter:25-30, 2003.

Olatubi, Williams and David W. Hughes.  “Natural Resource and Environmental Policy trade-offs: A CGE analysis of the Regional Impact of the WRP”. Land Use Policy. 19(3):231-241, 2002.

Hughes, David W. and David Holland.  "Core-Periphery Economic Linkage: A Measure of Spread and Possible Backwash Effects for the Washington Economy."  Land Economics. 70(1994): 364-379.