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LEADERSHIP PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

The Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development supports several noteworthy leadership programs. Please contact the appropriate person listed for additional information.

Palmetto Leadership

  • Mission: To build capacity in South Carolina communities through local leadership development. Address economic, educational, social, governmental, and quality of life concerns through a teamwork approach.

  • Contact: Local Community Development Agents, and/or Stanley Green, Education and Professional Development Director, (803) 788-5700 ext. 28, sgreen@clemson.edu

Leadership Lexington

  • Mission: To learn about Lexington County in an interactive way that builds lasting relationships and helps the community.  Participants have the opportunity to address economic, educational, social, governmental, and quality of life issues facing the county through a teamwork approach.


  • Contact: Monica Miller, Community Development Agent, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington and Richland Counties (803) 359-8515 ext. 117 or (803) 865-1216 ext. 115, mmllr@clemson.edu

Youth Leadership Lexington

  • Mission:   To provide rising juniors and seniors in Lexington County high schools the opportunity to make a difference in their community by addressing economic, educational, social, governmental and quality of life issues facing the county.  Students also have opportunities to interact with private, public and non-profit sectors of the community.

  • Contact: Monica Miller, Community Development Agent, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington and Richland Counties (803) 359-8515 ext. 117 or (803) 865-1216 ext. 115, mmllr@clemson.edu

Builders of Tomorrow

  • Mission: To engage middle school students at risk of dropping out in a leadership program with a focus on academics, leadership and community engagement. The goals are to engage participants in school and community activities with a focus on building a capacity for leadership and civic involvement, and expose participants to potential career and educational opportunities.

  • Contact: Alta Mae Marvin, Community Development Agent, Colleton County, (843) 893-7526,  amarvin@clemson.edu

Youth Leadership Colleton

  • Mission: To provide Colleton County High School and Colleton Preparatory Academy students leadership training in the areas of Team Building, Judicial, Health/Medical, Local Culture, Natural Resources, Education, Human Services and Local Government.

  • Contact: Alta Mae Marvin, Community Development Agent, Colleton County, (843) 893-7526,  amarvin@clemson.edu

My Chester – Youth Leadership

  • Mission: To foster an increased awareness of community.   To equip Chester youth with leadership skills.  To stimulate proactive community involvement. To lay the groundwork needed to retain future leaders.

  • Contact: Ben Boyles, Community Development Agent, Chester, Cherokee, Lancaster and York counties (803)684-9919 ext. 115, boyles2@clemson.edu

Chester CountyPalmetto Leadership

  • Mission: To foster an increased awareness of community.   To equip Chester youth with leadership skills.  To stimulate proactive community involvement. To lay the groundwork needed to retain future leaders.

  •  Contact: Ben Boyles, Community Development Agent, Chester, Cherokee, Lancaster and York counties (803)684-9919 ext. 115, boyles2@clemson.edu

SC L.E.A.D.S.

  • Mission: To develop educated, informed leaders who will become active advocates seeking acceptance of sound agrarian principles benefiting our economy as a whole in South Carolina.

  • Contact: Terri Smith, Community Development Agent, Allendale, Barnwell, Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties (803) 259-7141 ext. 111 or (803) 584-4207 ext. 112, tsmth@clemson.edu  and/or Lou Robinson, Community Development Agent, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens Spartanburg (864) 878-1394, lrbnsn@clemson.edu

South Carolina Women’s Connection

  • Mission: To improve economic opportunity and quality of life for all South Carolinians by advancing the status of women and girls in the Palmetto State.

  • Contact: Beth Steadman, Community Development Agent Georgetown and Marion counties (803) 423-8285 ext. 112 bstedma@clemson.edu; and/or Jennifer Boyles, Community Development Agent  Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillion, Florence and Marlboro counties (843) 393-0484 ext. 113, jbyls@clemson.edu

SC Design Arts Partnership/Mayors Institute for Community Design

  • Mission: To improve the quality of the built and natural environment for current and future generations of South Carolinians through design, education, and leadership development.

  • Contact: Lindsey Moore, Executive Director, (803) 734-8622, LMoore@arts.state.sc.us

Leadership South Carolina

  • Mission: Statewide program designed to develop South Carolina’s emerging leaders to increase the State’s capacity to address issues affecting quality of life.

  • Contact: Helen Munnerlyn, Executive Director, (803) 788-5700 ext. 44, hmunner@clemson.edu