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Cynthia Young, Ph.D. Founding Dean, Clemson University, Clemson SC Cynthia Young, Ph.D.

Founding Dean

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Brian Dominy, Associate Dean for Research, Clemson University, Clemson SC Brian Dominy

Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


Dominy is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry. He earned his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University in the biological sciences / computer science track with a minor in chemistry, and his Ph.D. from the Scripps Research Institute. He worked as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and joined the faculty of Clemson University in 2005. He has developed computational models of biological molecules with emphasis on improved statistical mechanical methods and applications in drug design, among others. Dominy’s research has been supported by collaborative and individual grants through the NIH and NSF. In 2010, he received a National Science Foundation CAREER award to support his educational and research efforts toward understanding the physical and chemical principles underlying biomolecular evolution. He has served as undergraduate program director in Chemistry, as well as served on the Chemistry Department’s Assessment Committee, the CES Curriculum Committee, the CES Global Engagement Committee, the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and the University Assessment Committee.

Lesly Temesvari, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Clemson University, Clemson SC Lesly A. Temesvari

Interim Associate Dean for Research


Temesvari is an an Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She received her B.S. in microbiology and immunology from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and her Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Windsor (Windsor, Canada). After post-doctoral work at the LSU Health Sciences Center, she joined Clemson’s faculty in 1999. She is a founding member of the Eukaryotic Pathogens Innovation Center (EPIC). Her research focuses on characterizing virulence in the dysentery-causing human parasite, Entamoeba histolytica. Temesvari is the principal investigator on three National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, and she has previously received grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). In addition, Temesvari has served on numerous review panels at the NIH and NSF. In 2010, she held the Fulbright Chair in Research Methodology at the University of Siena in Siena, Italy.

College of Science Staff Listing

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

Student Services Coordinator II


Bufford works in student services as an academic adviser and recruiter for the College of Science. She has been in student services for more than six years, recently leaving her role as a financial aid counselor and satisfactory academic progress (SAP) 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 from Columbia College in 2015. Also in 2015, she became a Certified Personal Financial Manager (CPFM). With her high energy and passion for student success, Bufford prides herself in collaborating with others in order to help students achieve their goals.

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

Stephanie Evans
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
Student Services Coordinator II


Adam Hunter is a third generation Clemson graduate preceded by his father (1979) and grandfather (1956). He completed a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 2007 and earned a Master of Education in counselor education in 2009. Adam has worked in higher education for nine years. He has served Clemson University in a variety of areas including: University Housing, Orientation, Campus Recreation, Bridge to Clemson program, Staff Senate, and most recently in the College of Business Academic Advising Center.

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

Melody Land
Administrative Coordinator to the Associate Dean for Research


Land serves as administrative coordinator to the associate dean for research in the College of Science and provides support for the research administration functions of the college. She has served the majority of her many years of service at Clemson University within the University’s research division.

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

Jim Melvin
Public Information Director


Melvin joined Clemson in January 2015 as a media specialist for Public Service and Agriculture and the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences. He became PID for the College of Science in February 2017. During his first year at Clemson, 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 Greenville News. He has extensive experience covering science-related topics. As a journalist, he wrote about everything from the future of the human race to erupting volcanoes. He is also the author of six published novels. At Clemson, he has written dozens of stories that have focused on the university’s globally recognized research, including diabetes, autism, obesity, genomics, astronomy and Big Data. Melvin is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and ACE. He welcomes requests from the media.

Jessica G. Owens, Health Professions Adviser, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Jessica G. Owens
Health Professions Adviser


Owens directs Health Professions Advising at Clemson, collaborating with offices across campus to provide resources for students who are considering going to medical, dental, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy or occupational therapy school. She earned her psychology degree from Clemson in 2011 before completing a Master of Science in Higher Education at Florida State University in 2013. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership, which is bringing fresh perspective to her work with students.

Kathy Russ, Administrative Coordinator to the Dean, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Kathy Russ
Administrative Coordinator to the Dean


Russ serves as administrative coordinator to the dean of the College of Science. She plans, organizes, administers and manages functions for the newly created college. Russ is the community organizer of Clemson Be True, a campuswide diversity initiative that empowers students, faculty and staff to become creative change agents through mindfulness, deep dialog and resilient leadership. She has supported the work of Clemson executives since 2010.

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

Debbie H. Wright
Administrative Coordinator to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs


Wright serves as administrative support for the associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Science. She coordinates and supports various committees within the college. Wright brings to the College of Science extensive knowledge and experience from her many years of working at Clemson University.

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112 Long Hall
Clemson, South Carolina 29634
Phone: 864-656-3015