Rowland P. Alston is a recognizable face to many South Carolinians, having developed, planned and hosted the award-winning television show “Making It Grow” on South Carolina ETV from 1993 to 2012. His commitment to South Carolina agriculture and Clemson Extension goes much deeper, however. A recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor awarded by the governor of South Carolina, Alston began his career with Clemson Extension in 1970 as assistant county agent in Clarendon County. He also worked as an Extension cotton agronomist (1972-1997); an area field crops agent in Clarendon County (1977-1980); the county Extension chairman for Kershaw County (1980-1981); and the county Extension director for Sumter County (1981-1993).
“It’s important as you go through life to recognize that behind every award there’s a team,” Alston said, crediting his wife, Martha; family; friends; and Clemson colleagues for supporting him throughout his career.