Sandhill REC Administration

Dr. HortonPaul M. “Mac” Horton, Director

Director, Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development (CIECD)
Director, Sandhill Research and Education Center (Sandhill REC)

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.