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Jeffery S. Allen, Ph.D.
Executive Director
South Carolina Water Resources Center
(864) 646-2145
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Jeffery Allen, Ph.D. is the executive director of the South Carolina Water Resources Center at Clemson University. Dr. Allen previously served as the interim director of the Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs. As Interim Director of the Thurmond Institute, he was responsible for all aspects of the research centers, research programs, graduate education programs and public service activities. His work with the Center involves coordinating water research with a national network of water institutes and identifying and pursuing critical water research needs for South Carolina. Dr. Allen has served as the principle investigator on multiple grants from federal, state and local government agencies as well as private foundations. He has served on numerous regional and state committees and advisory councils, most recently on the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments Advisory Board, the Duke Energy Water Fund Board, the South Carolina Shoreline Change Advisory Council, and the Savannah River Basin Advisory Council. He has organized and sponsored several state-wide meetings on GIS mapping and water resources and is currently the Chairman of the South Carolina Water Resources Conference. He is a past-president of NIWR and served for three years on the NIWR Executive Board. Dr. Allen received his B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology and Natural Resources from Michigan State University and his M.S. degree in Geography from the University of South Carolina. He received a Ph.D. in Policy Studies from Clemson University with an emphasis in natural resources policy. Prior to coming to the Thurmond Institute and the SCWRC, he worked for the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department in Columbia, SC and Clemson University’s Regional Resources Development Institute.

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Lori Dickes, Ph.D.
Associate Director
South Carolina Water Resources Center
(864) 656-7831
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Lori Dickes, Ph.D. is the associate director of the South Carolina Water Resources Center. She is an assistant professor and program director of the Master in Public Administration Program at Clemson University in the College Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences and College of Education. Lori has been at Clemson since 2005 and has worked in the Department of Applied Economics, the Strom Thurmond Institute; and has been the MPA Program Director since 2013. Currently and previously held positions include: assistant director of the South Carolina Water Resources Center at Clemson University; professor associate and outreach for SC Economics; and director of economic education at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. Dr. Dickes has taught economics and policy for over 20 years and is committed to improving young people’s understanding of economics and the role economics plays in our lives. She has master's degrees in both applied economics and political sciences from the University of Central Florida and a Ph.D. in policy studies from Clemson University. Her professional experience includes over 20 years of experience teaching economics at universities and colleges in Florida, Minnesota and South Carolina. For over 15 years, she has been one of the primary teacher trainers for the South Carolina Council on Economic Education. Her current research and professional interests are focused on regional and rural economic development, the economic and social impacts of public health innovations, and water policy and management. Lori’s research strives to understand economic incentives and costs related to public health initiatives in areas like immunization, food security analysis, and social and health issues like obesity. She is working in collaboration with a joint Greenville Health System and Clemson research team to study neonatal abstinence. She is also currently involved in a pilot study to understand the impact of social and cultural messaging on weight management programs.

Dawn Anticole White
Dawn Anticole White, M.M.C.
Program Manager
South Carolina Water Resources Center 
(864) 646-2156
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Dawn Anticole White is the program manager for the South Carolina Water Resources Center. She provides leadership for water resource-specific program initiatives led by the Center. With regard to major program initiatives, she has been managing the coordination of the biennial South Carolina Water Resources Conference since the inaugural conference in 2008. Dawn launched the Journal of South Carolina Water Resources in 2014 and serves as the managing staff editor and publication manager. With regard to all water initiatives of the Center, she manages the development and implementation of marketing, event planning, fundraising and digital / traditional communications strategies. Dawn is a key liaison in developing partner strategies and maintaining relations with statewide sectors involved in water resources, including federal and state agencies; municipal water authorities and entities; colleges and universities; environmental engineering, consulting and law firms; nonprofits; economic development associations; utility companies; and land trusts. She has been involved in Clemson University's Public Service and Agriculture water program since 2008 and also split her employment as a marketing strategist with the Office of Public Affairs and Economic Development from 2013-2015. She has worked in the field of integrated marketing communications and project management for over 24 years. Past professional experience has included: public relations account manager and media relations specialist with Newman, Saylor and Gregory (advertising and PR firm); director of marketing and communications for Harvest Hope Food Bank; grassroots and media coordinator with the South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative; and assorted communications, editorial, and special event involvement with the Central Carolina Community Foundation (Columbia, SC); 3 Rivers Music Festival (Columbia, SC); the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (Charleston, SC); Charleston Food + Wine Festival; the Kiawah Island Community Association; and the SC Association of Nonprofits (SCANPO- Columbia, SC). In addition, Dawn has served as a consultant and provided freelance and pro-bono work for a variety of nonprofit organizations and private firms. She graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina's Master of Mass Communications graduate program and completed her bachelor's degree in Communication at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Meredith Driver
Financials Manager
South Carolina Water Resources Center 
(864) 656-7592


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Katie Buckley
Center for Watershed Excellence 
(864) 646-2158
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Norm Ellis
Research Laboratory Manager
South Carolina Water Resources Center 
(864) 646-2969