Excellence in Stewardship Awards

Overseen by the Clemson University Stewardship Committee, the annual Excellence in Stewardship awards promote outstanding donor stewardship to one Clemson University faculty member and one staff member. The program recognizes Clemson University Faculty and Staff who exemplify excellence in stewardship and gratitude initiatives with our donors and University volunteers. The Excellence in Stewardship Awards encourages and recognizes faculty and staff members for exemplary efforts that demonstrate the impact of philanthropy and strengthen a donor’s relationship with the University.

2019 Recipients

Dr. Joe Ryan, Sue Stanzione Distinguished Professor for ClemsonLIFE
Dr. Ryan is the founder and Executive Director of Clemson LIFE (Learning is for Everyone), a nationally recognized post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Since the origin of the program, Dr. Ryan has been key in establishing funding priorities to assist with fundraising efforts and his careful stewardship of philanthropic dollars has allowed the ClemsonLIFE program to hire additional staff, establish a Distinguished Professorship and provide financial aid to students in need.

Debra Galinsky, Administrative Assistant, Department of Psychology
In addition to the rest of her responsibilities, Deb took it upon herself to launch a direct mail campaign to reengage with alumni of the department, resulting in the creation of two new alumni awards, reestablished alumni connections and increased donations to the department. Deb has since suggested further ideas to engage alumni with the department, such as a newsletter, a tailgate and an advisory board.