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Cynthia Young, Founding Dean, Clemson College of Science

Cynthia Y. Young, Ph.D.

Founding Dean
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As an interdisciplinary scholar, Young developed mathematical models governing atmospheric effects in laser communication channels. In 2001, she was selected by the Office of Naval Research for the Young Investigator Award and, in 2007, she was selected as a fellow of the International Society of Optics and Photonics. The author of more than 70 books and publications, Young has secured continuous federal funding exceeding $5 million since 1999. 

Previously, she served as the vice provost for Faculty Excellence and UCF Global at the University of Central Florida, where she led university-wide initiatives to strengthen, recruit and retain exceptional and diverse faculty and internationalize the university. Young joined UCF as an assistant professor of mathematics in 1997 and is a co-founder of UCF’s EXCEL program, created to increase students’ success in their first two years in STEM disciplines. Since its inception 10 years ago, the program has helped improve STEM majors’ graduation rates by 40 percent. Young served in several other leadership roles at UCF, including the NCAA faculty athletics representative, and associate dean for research in the College of Sciences.

Here are highlights from Young’s two years of service as vice provost at UCF:

    • Helped grow the university’s faculty by 200 tenured and tenure-track positions across all colleges;
    • Created a targeted opportunity program to support faculty recruitment initiatives in inclusive excellence, academic partner hires and preeminent scholars;
    • Launched strategic initiatives and partnerships focused on comprehensive internationalization that have increased UCF students studying abroad by 30 percent;
    • Recruited five National Academy of Engineering members to UCF in partnership with the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

“I am honored to lead the new college in its ascension to a world class College of Science that is both locally relevant and globally impactful in its quest to expand our knowledge of the natural world,” Young said. “To do that within the context of a 21st century land-grant University focused on improving lives and livelihoods of the citizens of South Carolina and beyond is a spectacular challenge.”

Tracy Clark, Interim Chief of Strategy and Operations

Tracy Clark

Interim Chief of Strategy and Operations
Executive in Residence

Tracy Clark comes to Clemson from the University of Central Florida, where she is currently the. associate provost for budget, planning and administration, and associate vice president for finance. At Clemson, Clark is an executive in residence in the dean’s office for one semester until March 2018. During this time, she will assist Dean Cynthia Young with developing, communicating, executing and sustaining the College’s strategic initiatives outlined in the new ScienceForward plan. Clark has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ohio University, a law degree from the University of Cincinnati and is a certified public accountant. She joined UCF in September 2007 as the university controller. Prior to joining administration at UCF, Clark worked at an international company, and spent over 10 years in tax, audit and consulting in large and small CPA firms. 

Julia Frugoli, Inclusive Excellence and Graduate Education

Julia Frugoli

Inclusive Excellence and Graduate Education

As associate dean for inclusive excellence and graduate education, Frugoli is dedicated to supporting graduate students and increasing the number of underrepresented faculty, staff and students in the College. She is an Alumni Distinguished Professor and the former associate chair of the department of genetics and biochemistry. She began her career as a research chemist for the U.S. Army before receiving her Ph.D. in biological sciences from Dartmouth College in 1998. Frugoli then conducted postdoctoral research in plant pathology and microbiology at Texas A&M until joining the faculty at Clemson University in 2000. Her research uses a molecular approach to study nodule development in legumes, such as peas and beans. Frugoli also has an interest in promoting research ethics and professional development in graduate education, having taught workshops and designed programs surrounding the two subjects. 

Apparao Rao, Associate Dean of Discovery

Apparao Rao


As associate dean for discovery, Rao monitors research grants and proposals within the college and is a resource to faculty in their research endeavors. Rao’s leading initiatives are to increase external funding and connect faculty with collaborators on convergent research projects. Rao is an R.A. Bowen Professor in the department of physics and astronomy and the director of the Clemson Nanomaterials Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kentucky in 1989, then joined researchers at MIT as a post-doctoral research associate until 1991. Before coming to Clemson in 2000, Rao served as a research assistant professor and a senior research scientist at the University of Kentucky. His research, focusing on the properties of micro- and nano-structured materials, has earned him two Fellow positions at prestigious scientific societies: the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a 2014 recipient of the S.C. Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research. 

Calvin Williams, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Excellence and Community Engagement

Calvin Williams

Undergraduate Excellence and Community Engagement

As associate dean for undergraduate excellence and community engagement, Williams is responsible for student recruitment and success, helping to increase freshmen retention and six-year graduation rates for undergraduate students. He is also the lead for all student affairs initiatives, including everything from promoting Science outreach, to handling curriculum advising and strengthening teaching and learning methods. As a professor of mathematical sciences and the director of Clemson’s Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education, Williams heads the development of programs for PreK–16 teachers and PreK–12 students to study policy issues affecting pre-collegiate education. In 1987, he earned his Ph.D. in biometry from the Medical University of South Carolina, and he was a visiting research scholar in Stanford’s department of statistics before beginning postdoctoral research in the psychiatric statistics training program at Carnegie Mellon University. Williams has served on a number of committees and panels for the National Science Foundation, and was a program director for the agency’s Division of Undergraduate Education for two years.

Robert Anholt, Undergraduate Excellence and Community Engagement

Robert Anholt

Faculty Excellence

In July 2018, Robert Anholt will officially begin his roles as director of faculty excellence and a Provost’s Distinguished Professor in the department of genetics and biochemistry. He will be responsible for nominating our outstanding faculty for national awards, mentoring junior faculty and planning a Science Distinguished Speaker Series. Anholt will be based at the Greenwood Genetic Center, but will split his time between Greenwood and Clemson. He brings years of experience to the College of Science, having been an assistant professor at Duke University Medical School and a postdoctoral fellow for The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences in San Diego, as well as the department of neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Most recently, he was a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor at N.C. State. Anholt has a bachelor’s degree in biology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a master’s degree in biochemistry from University College-London and a Ph.D. in biology from University of California, San Diego. In research, Anholt uses Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism for human disorders, phenotypic plasticity and genome-by-environment interactions, among other studies. He is the author of “Dazzle ’Em with Style: The Art of Oral Scientific Presentation.”

Stephen Creager, Associate Dean for Space Optimization

Stephen Creager

Space Optimization

As the director of space optimization, Creager optimizes laboratory, office, teaching and learning space for faculty, staff and students. He is charged with assessing how space is currently being allocated and used, and then devising ways for improvement. Creager joined Clemson University in 1995 as an assistant professor in the department of chemistry. Formerly, he has held positions of Provost Fellow, chair of the department of chemistry and interim associate dean of the Graduate School. He is the author or co-author on over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters and patents, and he has served as major adviser for 17 Ph.D. and eight M.S. graduates. Creager’s research is in the general area of electrochemical energy conversion and storage, and includes work on lithium batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, water electrolysis cells and related devices. Creager has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina. Prior to accepting his first academic appointment, he worked as a National Institute of Health postdoctoral scientist at the University of Texas in Austin.

Taufiquar Khan, Associate Dean for Global Engagement

Taufiquar Khan

Global Engagement Initiatives

As the director of global engagement initiatives, Khan leads the efforts for study abroad, research abroad, exchange and related programs to build the College’s global impact. A professor and graduate coordinator of mathematical sciences, Khan’s research area is in mathematical modeling, simulation and analysis of complex systems including the smart grid. He also studies inverse problems involving partial differential equations, which have applications in biomedical imaging. Previously, Khan was part of the Global Fluency Panel for the South Carolina Industry Liaison Group Conference, served as the co-chair of the Clemson University Internationalization Task Force, and was the founding chair of the newly developed department of applied mathematics and sciences in the United Arab Emirates. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Throughout his career, he has been involved with research projects funded by several international and domestic agencies, including the Humboldt Foundation (Germany), German Science Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Air Force.

Robert Cohen, chair of the department of biological sciences, Clemson University

Robert Cohen

Biological Sciences

As a professor and chair of the department of biological sciences since 2013, Cohen is the senior leader in faculty and academic endeavors. He earned his B.S. in biology from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Southern California, School of Medicine. After postdoctoral work at Harvard University, he joined the faculty at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He then relocated to Kansas University, serving two years as department chair before coming to Clemson. Cohen’s research focus is on mechanisms that generate molecular asymmetries within cells, which are required for many developmental processes, including cell migration, asymmetric cell division, and axis determination. Cohen has served as principal investigator on multiple grants from the March of Dimes Foundation, NIH and NSF, with total research expenditures in excess of $3 million. He has also served as co-investigator on several large infrastructure grants with total direct costs of more than $20 million. Cohen has published in many of the top journals in his discipline, including Cell, Molecular Cell and Current Biology, and has reviewed grants from the NSF, NIH, the Ireland Science Foundation and the Welcome Burroughs Fund.

William Pennington, Chair, Chemistry Department, Clemson College of Science

William Pennington

➥ Chemistry

As an alumni distinguished professor of chemistry and chair of the department of chemistry, Pennington leads the department in faculty and academic initiatives. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in inorganic chemistry. Pennington’s research focuses on the use of halogen bonding for crystal design and on the use of polydiacetylenes as chemical biosensors for food safety. He obtained a B.A. in chemistry from Hendrix College, his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Arkansas, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois. Pennington serves as editor in chief of the Journal of Chemical Crystallography, and was Director of the EUREKA! program from its inception in 2006 until the summer of 2017. Pennington has received the Award of Excellence for Teaching in the Sciences, the South Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science Awareness, Class of 1940 Douglas W. Bradbury Award, the Class of 1939 Award for Faculty Excellence, the Philip H. Prince Award for Innovative Teaching and the Charles H. Stone Award from the Carolina-Piedmont section of the ACS.

William Marcotte, Chair, Genetics and Biochemistry Department, Clemson College of Science

William Marcotte

➥ Genetics and Biochemistry

As a professor and chair of of the department of genetics and biochemistry, Marcotte guides the department’s strategic priorities. He recruits and assists faculty and leads academic programs in genetics and biochemistry. He earned his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Before coming to Clemson University, he was a visiting scientist in Central Research and Development at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Del., and a senior research associate in the department of biology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Marcotte is a past chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee and is currently the chair of the Organization of Academic Department Chairs. His research interests span multiple systems including molecular mechanisms leading to the development of desiccation tolerance in angiosperm seeds and the self-assembly process used by spiders and other arthropods to spin proteinaceous fibers (silks).

Chris Cox, Chair, Mathematical Sciences Department, Clemson College of Science

Christopher Cox

➥ Mathematical Sciences

As a professor and chair of the department of mathematical sciences, Cox leads faculty and academic initiatives for mathematical sciences. Cox’s research is in the area of finite element methods for fluid flow problems, e.g. filtration and polymer processes. This work has been funded by a variety of government and industry sources, including NSF, Procter & Gamble, DOE, DOD, USDA and Michelin. He has advised or co-advised 23 masters and five Ph.D. students, and mentored undergraduate students in an REU program for eight summers. Cox has taught a variety of courses in math sciences during his nearly 34 years at Clemson, from calculus through graduate level numerical methods. He team-taught two graduate courses (one of them four times) with colleagues in chemical and biomolecular engineering at Clemson. Cox earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Grove City College, Grove City, Penn., master of science in applied mathematics and Ph.D. in mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Terry Tritt, Chair, Physics and Astronomy Department, Clemson College of Science

Terry Tritt

➥ Physics and Astronomy

As an alumni distinguished professor of physics and chair of the department of physics and astronomy, Tritt directs faculty and educational initiatives. His recent research activities are focused on the synthesis and characterization of thermoelectric nanomaterials and nanocomposites and investigation and characterization of their thermoelectric parameters, especially thermal conductivity. He has written over 200 refereed journal publications, over 10 review articles and regularly gives invited presentations at national and international meetings, as well as many university seminars. In 2008, he was selected as the SCAS Governor’s Research Professor of the Year and received the Clemson University Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research. Tritt was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2012 and an honorary member of the distinguished “Class of ’39” — one of Clemson’s highest faculty honors — in 2017. He is a graduate of Clemson University, having obtained his B.A. in 1980 and Ph.D. in 1985. He then served as a National Research Council Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C. (1985–1989) and as a research physicist at NRL (1989–1996.) He joined the faculty at Clemson University in August 1996.

Trudy Mackay, Clemson Center for Human Genetics

Trudy Mackay

➥ Center for Human Genetics

Mackay will join Clemson University July 1 as the director of the Clemson University Center for Human Genetics and the Self Family Endowed Chair in Human Genetics in the department of genetics and biochemistry. In these roles, she is tasked with building a team of researchers who will work toward significant advancements in our understanding of genetic disorders. Mackay received her B.S. and M.S. in biology from Dalhousie University and her Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Edinburgh. She was a lecturer in the department of genetics at the University of Edinburgh from 1980–1987 before joining the faculty of North Carolina State University in 1987 as a Distinguished University Professor and Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Chair of Biological Sciences. Mackay’s research focuses on understanding the molecular, genetic and environmental basis of variation in quantitative traits. Her findings have identified many novel genes affecting quantitative traits relevant to human biology, including lifespan, aggression, stress resistance, and alcohol and drug sensitivity. Mackay’s research has been funded continuously by the NIH since 1990, with research awards totaling more than $54 million. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the Royal Society of London and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. She has been awarded the Genetics Society of America Medal, the O. Max Gardner Award from the University of North Carolina Board of Regents, the North Carolina Award for Science, and is the 2016 Wolf Prize Laureate in Agriculture. 

Melody Land, Administrative Coordinator to the Dean, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Melody Land

Special Administrator for the Dean

As special administrator for the Dean, Land provides support in planning, organizing and administering functions for the Office of the Dean. She has spent the majority of her many years at Clemson University within the university’s research division.

Debbie Wright, Administrative Coordinator to the Dean, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Debbie Wright

Administrative Coordinator

As administrative coordinator, Wright provides support and also coordinates and assists various committees within the College. Wright brings extensive knowledge and experience from her many years working at Clemson University.

Barbara Bass, Clemson University College of Science Business Manager

Barbara Bass

Business Officer

As business officer, Bass serves as the budget center representative to the campus. She is responsible for financial planning, budgeting and analysis for the College. Her office is works to ensure the financial integrity of College activities. Bass joined Clemson in 1993, after receiving a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University.

Jessica H. Blackwell, Clemson University College of Science Assistant Business Officer

Jessica Blackwell

Assistant Business Officer/Accountant

As the assistant business officer, Blackwell creates and maintains accounting records as well as verifies and documents college financial transactions. She serves as a backup to the chief business officer in all areas of responsibility. Blackwell earned her bachelor of science degree in accounting and business management in 2007 from Anderson University and received her MBA in 2012 from Southern Wesleyan University.

Michelle Duncan, Post-Award Manager, Clemson University College of Science

Michelle Duncan

Post-Award Manager

As the post-award manager, Duncan is responsible for sponsored research grants and contracts. She has worked in the college post-award area at Clemson University since 1999, providing administrative and financial guidance to faculty in their research projects. Duncan earned a management and MBA degree, both from Clemson, in 1990 and 1991.

Stephanie Duncan, Accountant/Fiscal Analyst III, Clemson University College of Science

Stephanie Duncan

Post-Award Accountant

As a post-award accountant, Duncan provides financial and administrative guidance relating to sponsored research projects. She has served in post-award research administration at Clemson University since 2001.

Chad Richardson Interim Director for Health Professions Advising, Clemson University

Chad Richardson

Interim Director

As interim director of health professions advising, Richardson collaborates with offices across campus to provide resources for students who are considering going into medical, dental, pharmacy or rehabilitation careers. He serves as the primary adviser for students interested in medical and PA school. Richardson has a passion for working with students and assisting them in making their professional dreams and aspirations come true. He is a Clemson alumnus and former student athlete, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in health science in 2015 and a master’s degree in educational counseling (student affairs) in 2017. In past years, he worked as a graduate assistant in advising in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences.

Victoria Corbin, Director, Life Sciences Outreach Center

Victoria Corbin


As an associate professor in the department of biological sciences and director of the Clemson University Life Sciences Outreach Center, Corbin coordinates laboratory field trips in biotechnology for school groups, summer science camps, after-school science programs and the informal “Science on Tap” forums. She is the principal investigator and director of the NSF-sponsored Research Experiences For Undergraduates Site: From Genomes to Phenomes — Integrating Function Across Scales. In 2013, she moved to Clemson University to run outreach programs for the college to help people of all ages learn to love science. Corbin earned her bachelor of arts degree in biology at Pacific Lutheran University and her Ph.D. in biology at Harvard University before conducting post-doctoral research at Rockefeller University. She then became a professor at the University of Kansas, where she and her lab investigated how genes are regulated to make their products at the right places and times, and how cells “talk” to coordinate their behavior. Corbin has had research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Jim Melvin, Public Information Director for the College of Science, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Jim Melvin


As communications director, Melvin promotes faculty achievements, communicates with local and national media, and develops a variety of online and print materials. His stories have focused on the university’s globally recognized research, including diabetes, autism, obesity, genomics, astronomy and Big Data. In 2015, he won a gold medal in the national Association of Communications Excellence (ACE) contest in the category “Writing for the Web.” In 2016, he won another gold medal in the ACE contest in “Writing for a Magazine” and a silver medal in “Writing for the Web.” Earlier in his career, Melvin totaled more than 30 national and state awards as a journalist for the Tampa Bay Times, Charlotte Observer and The Greenville News. He is also the author of six published novels. Melvin is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and ACE.

Hannah Halusker, Public Information Coordinator, College of Science, Clemson University

Hannah Halusker

Public Information Coordinator

As a science writer, Halusker chronicles a wide range of research. She also takes photographs, produces videos and assists with the College’s social media presence. Her interest in science communication intensified during her undergraduate studies when she wrote for and designed a student-run magazine about popular topics in science, and when she led a K–12 research collaboration that promotes science to economically disadvantaged, minority youth. Halusker graduated from Clemson University in 2017 with a bachelor of science degree in genetics and a minor in biochemistry. As a student, her research spanned the fields of genetics, biochemistry and primatology. She studied organisms such as corn, the parasite Trypanosoma brucei and a small New World monkey called a golden lion tamarin.

Sloane Henningsen, Communications and Marketing, College of Science, Clemson University

Sloane Henningsen

Special Assistant to the Dean
for Communications and Marketing

As the special assistant to the Dean for communications and marketing, Henningsen manages all big-picture visual concepts and branding for the College. She works closely with the Dean’s office to develop the best practices for effective communication to students, faculty, staff and alumni. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ball State University in 2011 and has been involved in visual communications since. Prior to moving to South Carolina, Henningsen worked as the Creative Director for the National March for Science team. She created all visuals and merchandising, as well as managed a team of graphic designers and artists who contributed to the movement.

Pete Martin, Online Media Coordinator, College of Science, Clemson University

Pete Martin

Online and Print Media Coordinator

As the online and print coordinator, Martin updates and expands the College’s website, designs a variety of print materials, takes photographs and writes stories. Previously, Martin was custom publications editor for The Greenville News, where he was responsible for a team that produced non-daily and supplemental content for the newspaper, as well as two monthly magazines. He wrote a weekly wine-focused column for the newspaper, and wrote and photographed special features. He has also been a consultant to newspapers and commercial printers on writing, design, photography and technology. Martin has won awards from the South Carolina Press Association and the Parent Media Association for writing and design. He is a member of Professional Photographers of America.

Sharetta Bufford, Student Services Coordinator, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Sharetta Bufford

Program Coordinator

As the recruiting program coordinator for inclusive excellence and graduate education, Bufford will assist with supporting graduate students and increasing the number of underrepresented faculty, staff and students in the College. She has been in student services for more than six years, including roles as an undergraduate recruiting program coordinator, financial aid counselor and satisfactory academic progress coordinator. As a first-generation college student, Bufford earned her bachelor of arts in both political science and sociology from Winthrop University in 2010, and she earned her master of education in higher education administration degree from Columbia College in 2015.

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Sarah Jaeschke

Pre-Award Support Center Manager

As the support center manager, Jaeschke coordinates pre-award grant activities for the College. She has worked in sponsored programs for 10 years serving in both pre-award and post-award roles. She earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and political science from Christopher Newport University in 2005, and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Old Dominion University in 2008. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators, the Society of Research Administrators International and the National Organization of Research Development Professionals. She is also a Certified Research Administrator.

Maria Petrakos, Grants Coordinator II at Clemson University

Maria Petrakos

Grants Coordinator

As the grants coordinator, Petrakos assists faculty with the grant-submission process. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, including program management, leadership development and proposal writing. Petrakos received her master’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of Central Florida and her bachelor’s degree in studio art from Rollins College. She was presented with the Young Alumni Achievement Award from Rollins College in 2017 for her work in the nonprofit sector in the Central Florida community.

Julie Tovey, Director of Development, College of Science, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Julie Tovey

Director of Development

As the director of development, Tovey is the senior fundraising manager for the College, interacting with alumni and other donors. Tovey has many years of nonprofit development and communications experience. Her strengths lie in planning, collaboration and capacity building. Tovey earned a bachelor of arts degree from Purdue University, and is working toward a master’s degree in public administration.

Stephanie Evans, Director of Student Services, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Stephanie Evans


As director of student services, Evans plans, designs, creates and directs recruiting and advising programs that meet the College’s long-term enrollment goals. She has been involved with advising since 2005 and most recently served as lead adviser for Clemson's department of biological sciences. She earned her bachelor of industrial and systems engineering degree from Auburn University in 1998.

Adam Hunter, Student Services Coordinator II, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Adam Hunter

Advising Program Coordinator

As the advising program coordinator for student services, Hunter advises a variety of student populations, including Bridge to Clemson students interested in College of Science majors, students in Pre-Professional Health Studies and those on the pre-pharmacy track, and freshman students in the chemistry department. Hunter also advises students interested in study abroad opportunities and is the College-designated adviser for Accelerated Pathways to MUSC. He manages student enrichment and professional development opportunities. Hunter has worked in higher education for nine years. He is a third-generation Clemson graduate preceded by his father (1979) and grandfather (1956). He completed a bachelor of science in psychology degree in 2007 and earned a master of education degree in counselor education in 2009.

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