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Staff Senate

Staff Senate

Our Mission

The purpose of the Staff Senate is to support all of Clemson’s staff through advocacy, recognition and service.

A team of staff gather around a table discussing a worksheet

Our Vision

Staff Senate strives to enhance Clemson’s working environment, promote professional growth and personal well-being, and ensure that the voices and needs of our staff are valued and recognized within the statewide University community. We facilitate open communication channels between staff, administration and faculty, ultimately contributing to the overall success and excellence of our University. Together, we work towards building a vibrant and cohesive Clemson.

University President Clements poses with award recipients at a staff senate luncheon

About Us

In 1984, Staff Senate was formed based on the need to establish a two-way forum between the University community and classified staff at Clemson University. The Senate was the recognized voice for all classified University employees. In 2007, the name changed to Staff Senate, incorporating all permanent unclassified staff into the organization. Now, Staff Senate represents full-time permanent, time-limited and temporary grant employees.

Senate is comprised of elected representatives and ex-officio members representing approximately 4,000 staff employees of Clemson University. The Senate membership is determined by staff population of University budget centers.

Core Values


We are champions of staff rights, welfare, and recognition. We tirelessly press for fair treatment, professional development, and equitable opportunities, ensuring that staff members' voices are heard and valued at all levels of decision-making. We ask for policies and initiatives that support the physical, mental and emotional well-being of staff, promoting a healthy work-life balance. 


We understand it is a privilege to serve our constituents. We promote and celebrate the outstanding contributions and achievements of staff members, acknowledging their pivotal role in the University's success.


We believe in uplifting others through acts of kindness, approaching challenges with humility and promoting harmony within our communities.


We believe that the strength of our University lies in our collective efforts across the state. We seek to build bridges across departments, teams and administrative units, fostering cooperation and teamwork to address shared challenges and opportunities.


We embrace staff in all forms and are dedicated to creating an environment of respect and belonging where every staff member feels valued and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and talents.