Meet the Staff

Lamont A. Flowers

Lamont A. FlowersLamont A. Flowers is the Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development in the College of Education and the Executive Director of the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education in the Inclusion and Equity division at Clemson University. Dr. Flowers also serves as a Commissioner on the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs, a state agency that examines and addresses issues affecting minority populations throughout South Carolina. The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs also conducts research and implements programs regarding economic and social disparities impacting minorities across the state.

Dr. Flowers has authored more than 100 scholarly publications examining factors affecting the pathways to a college degree and occupational attainment among African Americans as well as academic, leadership, diversity, and policy issues in education. He has received grants to conduct research from the American Educational Research Association, Spencer Foundation, Association for Institutional Research, and the National Science Foundation. Also, Dr. Flowers has received several honors including the National Association for Multicultural Education's Carl A. Grant Multicultural Research Award, the W.E.B. DuBois Higher Education Award from the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award from the American Educational Research Association, and the William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award from the Florida Education Fund. Dr. Flowers received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also received a master's degree in social studies education and a doctoral degree in higher education from the University of Iowa. Additionally, Dr. Flowers received a master's degree in industrial statistics from the University of South Carolina.

Cindy Roper

Cindy RoperCindy Roper is the Research and Planning Administrator at the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Master of Science degree in Applied Sociology from Clemson University. She is also a doctoral student in the Policy Studies Program at Clemson University. Her research interests include evaluation, policy research, financial aid, and the effects of inequity on education and life outcomes.

Roper has conducted evaluations for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. She evaluated programs for Clemson University, the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, and school districts.

Cherese F. Fine

Cherese F. FineCherese F. Fine is the Director of Academic Programs and Engagement in the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing management and a master’s degree in sport administration from the University of New Mexico. She also earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership at Clemson University.

Dr. Fine’s research agenda focuses on the dynamics between intercollegiate athletics and higher education, as well as the academic and social experiences of underrepresented students on college campuses. Dr. Fine has worked in higher education in numerous areas that include academic affairs, student affairs, diversity, and athletics. At the center, she focuses on outreach programs and research centered on college access and readiness among African American students.