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CAFLS Alumni Awards

Nominate CAFLS Alumni!

The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences is excited to recognize several of Clemson's outstanding alumni each year for their outstanding service to the College, Clemson and their profession. Information on each of these awards which includes the guidelines, nomination forms and deadlines, are in the tabes to the right. Please take a few minutes to look at these and nominate someone today! 

The deadline for the 2022 awards is December 15, 2021.

Nomination forms:

Distinguished Service Professional Achievement Young Alumni

Award Guidelines

  • CAFLS Alumni Distinguished Service Award

    PURPOSE: For the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS) at Clemson University to recognize one alumnus annually for outstanding service to Clemson University, success in their professions or personal callings, and commitment to the communities to which they belong. This is the highest honor bestowed upon a former student by the College.

    ELIGIBILITY: Nominees must: fulfill purpose of award; be an alumnus of Clemson University; not have been an undergraduate student at Clemson University in the past five years; not be a candidate for public office; not be an elected member of the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board of Directors at time of selection.

    SELECTION CRITERIA: Nominees will be considered for this award based on the significance of their contributions as indicated below, and with the following weightings applied to each category:

    • Dedication and service to Clemson & the College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences – 50%
    • Devotion to faith, community, and public service – 25%
    • Professional and/or family achievements and accomplishments – 25%

    WAIVERS: These requirements are guidelines for the selection of nominees and may be waived by the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board of Directors in cases where extenuating circumstances exist. Such a waiver requires the support of a two-thirds majority of the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board membership. 

    NOMINATIONS: The Policy, Process and Awards Committee of the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board will accept nominations of individuals annually. Each nomination must utilize the official nomination form, and contain a minimum of three letters of support, with one being authored by the nominator. The total length of a nomination – inclusive of the requisite official nomination form and letters of support – must not exceed nine one-sided pages. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations should convey to the selection committee the merits of each nominee, assuming that no prior knowledge of the candidate exists and that committee members are unfamiliar with the candidate. If a candidate is not selected within three years of the date of the original nomination, the nomination will be disregarded and a new nomination must be submitted if the nominee is to receive further consideration. In no case should a nominee be informed of the nomination. The nominator should seek information and supporting materials in a confidential way.


    Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form
  • CAFLS Professional Achievement Award

    PURPOSE: For the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS) at Clemson University to recognize no more than two alumni annually for outstanding service and dedication in their professional responsibilities and accomplishments along with their service to Clemson and the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.

    ELIGIBILITY: Nominees must: fulfill purpose of award; be an alumnus of Clemson University; not have been an undergraduate student at Clemson University in the past five years; not be a candidate for public office; not be an elected member of the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board of Directors at time of selection.

    SELECTION CRITERIA: Nominees will be considered for this award based on the significance of their contributions as indicated below, and with the following weightings applied to each category:

    • Significant professional achievements and accomplishments – 60%
    • Participation and leadership within career-related or general professional associations/organizations, professional development activities and civic/community engagement – 25%
    • Dedication and service to Clemson and the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences – 15%

    WAIVERS: These requirements are guidelines for the selection of nominees and may be waived by the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board of Directors in cases where extenuating circumstances exist. Such a waiver requires the support of a two-thirds majority of the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board membership.

    NOMINATIONS: The Policy, Process and Awards Committee of the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board will accept nominations of individuals annually. Each nomination must utilize the official nomination form, and contain a minimum of three letters of support, with one being authored by the nominator. The total length of a nomination – inclusive of the requisite official nomination form and letters of support – must not exceed nine one-sided pages. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations should convey to the selection committee the merits of each nominee, assuming that no prior knowledge of the candidate exists and that committee members are unfamiliar with the candidate.

    If a candidate is not selected within three years of the date of the original nomination, the nomination will be disregarded and a new nomination must be submitted if the nominee is to receive further consideration. In no case should a nominee be informed of the nomination. The nominator should seek information and supporting materials in a confidential way.


    Professional Achievement Nomination Form
  • CAFLS Young Alumni Award

    PURPOSE: For the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS) at Clemson University to recognize no more than two young alumni annually for their ‘ever loyal’ dedication to Clemson and the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences and their impacts in business, leadership, community, educational, and/or philanthropic endeavors.

    ELIGIBILITY: Nominees must: fulfill purpose of award; be an alumnus of Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; and have graduated (graduate or undergraduate) within the past 10 years.

    SELECTION CRITERIA: Nominees will be considered for this award based on the significance of their commitment to Clemson and the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; professional accomplishments; and community impact following these criteria:

    • Upholding the University’s core values of honesty, integrity, and respect
    • Demonstration of an ‘ever loyal’ relationship to Clemson and the College
    • Demonstration of characteristics of a ‘Determined Spirit’
    • Impacts in business, leadership, community, educational, and/or philanthropic endeavors

    WAIVERS: These requirements are guidelines for the selection of nominees and may be waived by the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board of Directors in cases where extenuating circumstances exist. Such a waiver requires the support of a two-thirds majority of the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board membership.

    NOMINATIONS: The Policy, Process and Awards Committee of the CAFLS Agriculture Alumni Board will accept nominations of individuals annually. Each nomination must utilize the official nomination form. Each nominator is asked to submit the nominee’s resume with the form as well as up to two letters of support for the nominee. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations should convey to the selection committee the merits of each nominee, assuming that no prior knowledge of the candidate exists and that committee members are unfamiliar with the candidate.

    If a candidate is not selected within three years of the date of the original nomination, the nomination will be disregarded and a new nomination must be submitted if the nominee is to receive further consideration.


    Young Alumni Nomination Form

Meet our 2021 award winners

For 2021, the CAFLS Alumni Board selected two Young Alumni, two Professional Achievement Award winners and one Distinguished Service Award winner. Since the event was held virtually in 2020, the college also honored last year’s recipients.

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Dr Belli and Ben Skelley posing with Kisley Miller and her award plaque

Award Winners

group photo of the 2021 cafls alumni award recipients
Honored Guest during the Fall 2021 Awards Ceremony

Pictured left to right: Kemp McLeod, Kinsley Miller, Dr. Tim Burcham,  Dr. Keith Belli (Dean), Ben Skelley (Alumni Board President), Flint Holbrook, Dr. Boyd Parr

  • 2021

    Young Alumni
    Kinsley Miller
    Agricultural Education, Class of 2016
    Masters in Education, Class of 2021

    Sarah Wilbanks
    Agricultural Education, Class of 2009
    Animal Veterinary Science (PhD), Class of 2018

    Professional Achievement
    Tim Burcham
    PhD, Class of 1989

    Boyd Parr
    Class of 1974

    Distinguished Service Award
    Roy McCall
    Agronomy, Class of 1953

  • 2020
    Young Alumni Award
    Justin Ballew
    Agricultural Education, Class of 2011

    Professional Achievement
    Marc Cribb
    Plant Sciences, Class of 1977

    K. Flint Holbrook
    Master's of Agricultural Engineering, Class of 1986

    Distinguished Service
    Kemp McLeod
    Agronomy, Class of 1976
  • 2019
    Young Alumni Award
    Spencer McLeod
    Agricultural Mechanization and Business, Class of 2012, 2014, MBA

    Professional Achievement
    Dr. Thomas Dobbins
    Agricultural Education, Class of 1982
    Masters in Dairy Science, Class of 1988

    Dr. Matthew Burns
    Animal Science, Class of 2005, 2012, PhD

    Distinguished Service
    Mickey Scott
    Forest Management, Class of 1975
  • 2018
    Young Alumni Award
    Sarah White
    Horticulture, Class of 2000, 2007 (PhD)

    Timothy Keown
    Agricultural Education, Class of 2004, 2009

    Professional Achievement
    Gene Kodama
    Forestry, Class of 1975, 1977

    Wayne Beam
    Biological Sciences, Class of 1969

    Distinguished Service
    Ernie Wiggers
    Wildlife Biology, Class of 1975, 1979
  • 2017
    Young Alumni Award
    Will Amick
    Applied Economics and Statistics, Class of 2012

    Drake Yon
    Applied Economics and Statistics, Class of 2014,

    Professional Achievement
    Blake Berry
    Agricultural Education, Class of 2005, 2006

    Chalmers Carr
    Agricultural Economics, Class of 1990

    Distinguished Service
    Dr. John Morse
    Entomology, Class of 1970
  • 2016
    Young Alumni Award
    Keenan Adams
    Forest Resources, Class of 2007
    Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, Class of 2010

    Kevin Sox
    Agricultural Education, Class of 2007

    Professional Achievement
    Pat Earle
    Agricultural Education, Class of 1978
    Animal Science, Class of 1980

    Glenn Stevens
    Animal Science, Class of 1983
    Agricultural Education, Class of 1988

    Distinguished Service
    Oscar Lovelace
    Zoology, Class of 1981
  • 2015
    Young Alumni Award
    Dan Rummel
    AgriBusiness, Class of 2013

    Emma Konkel Klingman
    Packaging Science, Class of 2009
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