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Policy: The Clemson Medallion

Date of Approval:
January 26, 1980

March 27, 1987

July 26, 1996

HISTORY: The Clemson Medallion was conceived in 1979 and approved by the Board of Trustees in 1980. The naming of the award honors the founder of Clemson University, Thomas Green Clemson, who did much to focus state and national attention on scientific education and the advancement of agriculture. The first Clemson Medallion was awarded on April 15, 1981.

PURPOSE: The Clemson Medallion is bestowed in a most selective manner. It is the highest public honor which may be conferred by Clemson University. The Clemson Medallion recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a long and sustained commitment and significant service to Clemson University. Recipients of the Clemson Medallion will have earned the individual and collective respect and admiration of people throughout the University family.

AWARD: The Clemson Medallion is a medal which bears a head and shoulders portrait of Thomas Green Clemson taken from the A. Wolfe Davidson sculpture. Around the portrait are the words: The Clemson Medallion. Engraved on the back of the Medallion are the words: Clemson University on (date) awards this medallion to (name) who through generous service to this institution exemplifies the dedication and commitment of its original benefactor, Thomas Green Clemson.

ELIGIBILITY: The Clemson Medallion shall be bestowed only to living individuals who have long embodied the essence of the meaningful purpose of the award and who have repeatedly demonstrated the high moral character so symbolized with the award. This award is principally reserved for nominees who attended Clemson University and others who have experienced a long, close and meaningful relationship to Clemson University who meet the requirements outlined under PURPOSE. The award is presented to one who has rendered notable and significant service and support to Clemson University and who exemplifies the dedication and foresight of founder Thomas Green Clemson.

NOMINATION: Any current or former student or member of the Clemson University community, or any friend of Clemson University may nominate someone to receive the Clemson Medallion. The nomination may be accompanied by additional letters of support and/or any other brief materials which might appropriately support the nomination. All nominations are to be sent to the Secretary of the Board of Trustees. All nominations are filed in the office of the Secretary of the Board of Trustees and are retained for a period of three years. If a candidate is not selected within three years of the date of the original nomination, the nominator will be notified of the procedure to reactivate the nomination. Timely requests for nominations will be publicized annually in appropriate Clemson publications. In addition, the selection committee is empowered to identify and consider additional candidates.

SELECTION: Recipients of the Clemson Medallion will be selected by a Selection Committee composed of (1) the Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee of the Clemson Alumni National Council; (2) the Chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees; (3) an Alumni Professor appointed by the President of the University; (4) a representative of the Endowed Professors; (5) the Provost and (6) the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Ex-officio members with voice but no vote include the Secretary of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Director of the Alumni Association. The Committee is chaired by the Chairman of the Honors and Awards Committee of the Alumni National Council. The Selection Committee will recommend candidates to the President of Clemson University who will review them with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and select no more than two recipients. The Selection Committee should meet once a year to review candidates and make a determination if the award should be presented in that year.

CONFERRING: The Clemson Medallion may be conferred to no more than two individuals each year. The award, however, is not required to be given each year. The award must be accepted in person. If the recipient cannot be present for the conferring of the award because of physical or health related impairment, the award may be presented in a manner deemed appropriate by the Selection Committee. The award is presented by the President of Clemson University in the presence of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the President of the Clemson Alumni Association.

BANQUET: The Clemson Medallion is presented at an Awards Dinner which is publicized and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve ticket basis. The Special Events Office of the Alumni/Development Department is responsible for the Awards Dinner.

NOTIFICATION: Each individual selected to receive the Clemson Medallion shall receive a letter of notification from the President of Clemson University within two weeks of the completion of the selection process. After the recipients are notified, the Special Events Office of the Alumni/Development Department is notified to begin arrangements for the Banquet. The Department of News Services will announce the individuals selected to receive the award. All media releases, features/profiles, banquet visuals and information in campus publications will be handled by the Office of Public Affairs. Invitations and ticket procedures will be handled by the Special Events Office. Invitations will be sent to appropriate audiences and recipients’ guest lists at least four weeks prior to the Banquet.

DISPLAY: Display of the Clemson Medallion and its recipients will be made public at the University Visitors Center.

AMENDMENTS: Changes in the process outlined herein may be made at the discretion of the Institutional Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees and approved by the Board of Trustees.

(Revisions approved by Board of Trustees – July 26, 1996)

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