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Cynthia Young, Founding Dean, Clemson College of Science

Cynthia Y. Young, Ph.D.

Founding Dean

As an interdisciplinary scholar, Young developed mathematical models governing atmospheric effects in laser communication channels. In 2001, she was selected by the Office of Naval Research for the Young Investigator Award and, in 2007, she was selected as a fellow of the International Society of Optics and Photonics. The author of more than 70 books and publications, Young has secured continuous federal funding exceeding $5 million since 1999. 

Previously, she served as the vice provost for Faculty Excellence and UCF Global at the University of Central Florida, where she led university-wide initiatives to strengthen, recruit and retain exceptional and diverse faculty and internationalize the university. Young joined UCF as an assistant professor of mathematics in 1997 and is a co-founder of UCF’s EXCEL program, created to increase students’ success in their first two years in STEM disciplines. Since its inception 10 years ago, the program has helped improve STEM majors’ graduation rates by 40 percent. Young served in several other leadership roles at UCF, including the NCAA faculty athletics representative, and associate dean for research in the College of Sciences.

Here are highlights from Young’s two years of service as vice provost at UCF:

    • Helped grow the university’s faculty by 200 tenured and tenure-track positions across all colleges;
    • Created a targeted opportunity program to support faculty recruitment initiatives in inclusive excellence, academic partner hires and preeminent scholars;
    • Launched strategic initiatives and partnerships focused on comprehensive internationalization that have increased UCF students studying abroad by 30 percent;
    • Recruited five National Academy of Engineering members to UCF in partnership with the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

“I am honored to lead the new college in its ascension to a world class College of Science that is both locally relevant and globally impactful in its quest to expand our knowledge of the natural world,” Young said. “To do that within the context of a 21st century land-grant University focused on improving lives and livelihoods of the citizens of South Carolina and beyond is a spectacular challenge.”

Liliana Gehring, Chief of Strategy and Operations

Liliana Gehring

Chief of Strategy and Operations

Liliana Gehring joined the college on March 5, 2018, as Chief of Strategy and Operations (CSO). Gehring’s multifaceted background as an executive leader was honed at Eli Lilly and Company, one of the top pharmaceutical corporations in the world. Gehring has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business. She has certifications as a Six Sigma Black Belt, as a project management professional, and in health economics and outcomes research. Gehring started her career at Ford Motor Co. She retired in December 2017 from Lilly, where she held leadership roles over 27 years across engineering, manufacturing, human resources, product research and development, project management, customer engagement and health outcomes.

“Lili’s extensive experience at Eli Lilly will be a great lens for the science leadership team, and she will bring all of her talents, experiences and energy to Clemson as we collectively focus on advancing science forward,” Dean Cynthia Young said. 

Julia Frugoli, Inclusive Excellence and Graduate Education

Julia Frugoli

Inclusive Excellence and Graduate Education

As associate dean for inclusive excellence and graduate education, Frugoli is dedicated to supporting graduate students and increasing the number of underrepresented faculty, staff and students in the College. She is an Alumni Distinguished Professor and the former associate chair of the department of genetics and biochemistry. She began her career as a research chemist for the U.S. Army before receiving her Ph.D. in biological sciences from Dartmouth College in 1998. Frugoli then conducted postdoctoral research in plant pathology and microbiology at Texas A&M until joining the faculty at Clemson University in 2000. Her research uses a molecular approach to study nodule development in legumes, such as peas and beans. Frugoli also has an interest in promoting research ethics and professional development in graduate education, having taught workshops and designed programs surrounding the two subjects. 

Apparao Rao, Associate Dean of Discovery

Apparao Rao


As associate dean for discovery, Rao monitors research grants and proposals within the college and is a resource to faculty in their research endeavors. Rao’s leading initiatives are to increase external funding and connect faculty with collaborators on convergent research projects. Rao is an R.A. Bowen Professor in the department of physics and astronomy and the director of the Clemson Nanomaterials Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kentucky in 1989, then joined researchers at MIT as a post-doctoral research associate until 1991. Before coming to Clemson in 2000, Rao served as a research assistant professor and a senior research scientist at the University of Kentucky. His research, focusing on the properties of micro- and nano-structured materials, has earned him two Fellow positions at prestigious scientific societies: the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a 2014 recipient of the S.C. Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research. 

Calvin Williams, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Excellence and Community Engagement

Calvin Williams

Undergraduate Excellence and Community Engagement

As associate dean for undergraduate excellence and community engagement, Williams is responsible for student recruitment and success, helping to increase freshmen retention and six-year graduation rates for undergraduate students. He is also the lead for all student affairs initiatives, including everything from promoting Science outreach, to handling curriculum advising and strengthening teaching and learning methods. As a professor of mathematical sciences and the director of Clemson’s Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education, Williams heads the development of programs for PreK–16 teachers and PreK–12 students to study policy issues affecting pre-collegiate education. In 1987, he earned his Ph.D. in biometry from the Medical University of South Carolina, and he was a visiting research scholar in Stanford’s department of statistics before beginning postdoctoral research in the psychiatric statistics training program at Carnegie Mellon University. Williams has served on a number of committees and panels for the National Science Foundation, and was a program director for the agency’s Division of Undergraduate Education for two years.

Robert Anholt, Undergraduate Excellence and Community Engagement

Robert Anholt

Faculty Excellence
➥ Center for Human Genetics

As director of faculty excellence, Anholt is responsible for nominating outstanding faculty for national awards, mentoring junior faculty and planning a Science Distinguished Speaker Series. Anholt is also a Provost’s Distinguished Professor in the department of genetics and biochemistry. He is based at the Greenwood Genetic Center, and splits his time between Greenwood and Clemson. He brings years of experience to the College of Science, having been an assistant professor at Duke University Medical School and a postdoctoral fellow for The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences in San Diego, as well as the department of neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Most recently, he was a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor at N.C. State. Anholt has a bachelor’s degree in biology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a master’s degree in biochemistry from University College-London and a Ph.D. in biology from University of California, San Diego. In research, Anholt uses Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism for human disorders, phenotypic plasticity and genome-by-environment interactions, among other studies. He is the author of “Dazzle ’Em with Style: The Art of Oral Scientific Presentation.”

Stephen Creager, Associate Dean for Space Optimization

Stephen Creager

Space Optimization

As the director of space optimization, Creager optimizes laboratory, office, teaching and learning space for faculty, staff and students. He is charged with assessing how space is currently being allocated and used, and then devising ways for improvement. Creager joined Clemson University in 1995 as an assistant professor in the department of chemistry. Formerly, he has held positions of Provost Fellow, chair of the department of chemistry and interim associate dean of the Graduate School. He is the author or co-author on over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters and patents, and he has served as major adviser for 17 Ph.D. and eight M.S. graduates. Creager’s research is in the general area of electrochemical energy conversion and storage, and includes work on lithium batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, water electrolysis cells and related devices. Creager has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina. Prior to accepting his first academic appointment, he worked as a National Institute of Health postdoctoral scientist at the University of Texas in Austin.

Taufiquar Khan, Associate Dean for Global Engagement

Taufiquar Khan

Global Engagement Initiatives

As the director of global engagement initiatives, Khan leads the efforts for study abroad, research abroad, exchange and related programs to build the College’s global impact. A professor and graduate coordinator of mathematical sciences, Khan’s research area is in mathematical modeling, simulation and analysis of complex systems including the smart grid. He also studies inverse problems involving partial differential equations, which have applications in biomedical imaging. Previously, Khan was part of the Global Fluency Panel for the South Carolina Industry Liaison Group Conference, served as the co-chair of the Clemson University Internationalization Task Force, and was the founding chair of the newly developed department of applied mathematics and sciences in the United Arab Emirates. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Throughout his career, he has been involved with research projects funded by several international and domestic agencies, including the Humboldt Foundation (Germany) and the National Science Foundation. 

Saara DeWalt, interim chair of the department of biological sciences, Clemson University

Saara DeWalt

Biological Sciences

As a professor of biological sciences and chair of the department of biological sciences, DeWalt directs faculty and educational initiatives. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in plant biology, community ecology and graduate teaching. Her recent research activities are focused on understanding plant invasions in temperate and tropical forests, dynamics of hurricane-affected forests in the Caribbean, and rates of ecosystem recovery in second-growth tropical forests. She obtained an A.B. in biology from Brown University and received a Fulbright fellowship to study ethnobotany in Bolivia. She completed her Ph.D. in biological sciences from Louisiana State University. She spent two years as a Huxley Research Fellow in the department of ecology and evolution at Rice University and taught introductory and advanced ecology courses prior to coming to Clemson. DeWalt served as a councilor for the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation and as a subject editor for the association’s journal Biotropica for several years. DeWalt has received two U.S. Department of Agriculture awards to study weedy, invasive species and has served as principal investigator on awards from the Forest Service and other agencies. Her research has been published in Nature, Science Advances, Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences, Ecology and Vegetation Science. 

William Pennington, Chair, Chemistry Department, Clemson College of Science

William Pennington

➥ Chemistry

As an alumni distinguished professor of chemistry and chair of the department of chemistry, Pennington leads the department in faculty and academic initiatives. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in inorganic chemistry. Pennington’s research focuses on the use of halogen bonding for crystal design and on the use of polydiacetylenes as chemical biosensors for food safety. He obtained a B.A. in chemistry from Hendrix College, his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Arkansas, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois. Pennington serves as editor in chief of the Journal of Chemical Crystallography, and was Director of the EUREKA! program from its inception in 2006 until the summer of 2017. Pennington has received the Award of Excellence for Teaching in the Sciences, the South Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science Awareness, Class of 1940 Douglas W. Bradbury Award, the Class of 1939 Award for Faculty Excellence, the Philip H. Prince Award for Innovative Teaching and the Charles H. Stone Award from the Carolina-Piedmont section of the ACS.

William Marcotte, Chair, Genetics and Biochemistry Department, Clemson College of Science

William Marcotte

➥ Genetics and Biochemistry

As a professor and chair of of the department of genetics and biochemistry, Marcotte guides the department’s strategic priorities. He recruits and assists faculty and leads academic programs in genetics and biochemistry. He earned his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Before coming to Clemson University, he was a visiting scientist in Central Research and Development at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware, and a senior research associate in the department of biology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Marcotte is a past chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee and is currently the chair of the Organization of Academic Department Chairs. His research interests span multiple systems including molecular mechanisms leading to the development of desiccation tolerance in angiosperm seeds and the self-assembly process used by spiders and other arthropods to spin proteinaceous fibers (silks).

Kevin James, Chair, School of Mathematical Sciences, Clemson College of Science

Kevin James

➥ School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

As a professor and interim director of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, James leads faculty and academic initiatives for mathematical and statistical sciences. James’ research is in the field of Number Theory, especially in the distribution of prime numbers, ellliptic curves and modular forms. His work has been funded by various grants, most notably a $2.1 million Research Training Group grant from the National Science Foundation that supports many vertically integrated programs involving undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, young faculty and national leaders focusing in areas of mathematics related to coding theory, number theory and cryptography. James has helped to supervise 12 summer Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs at Clemson, directly advising the research of more than 55 undergraduate students. James has taught a variety of courses in mathematical and statistical sciences during his 18 years at Clemson, ranging from business calculus through special topics courses at the graduate level. James earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and mathematics at the University of Georgia and continued to his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Georgia. He then served as an S. Chowla Research Assistant Professor at Penn State University before joining the faculty at Clemson in 2000.

Sean Brittain, Chair, Physics and Astronomy Department, Clemson College of Science

Sean Brittain

➥ Physics and Astronomy

As a professor of physics and interim chair of the department of physics and astronomy, Brittain directs faculty and educational initiatives. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in astronomy and physics. His recent research activities are focused on the formation and detection of planets in young circumstellar disks. He obtained a B.S. in physics from LeTourneau University, his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Notre Dame, and was a Michelson Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Brittain has run numerous science outreach initiatives in the local region, including a three-year program for K–12 teachers in Laurens County. Brittain has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award as has served as principal investigator on multiple awards from the NSF and NASA. Brittain has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers, graduated three Ph.D. students and eight M.S. students. He has also directed research projects for over 30 undergraduates since arriving at Clemson in 2006 and presently advises two Ph.D. students.

Trudy Mackay, Clemson Center for Human Genetics

Trudy Mackay

➥ Center for Human Genetics

As director of the Clemson University Center for Human Genetics, Mackay is building a team of researchers who will work toward significant advancements in our understanding of genetic disorders. She is also the Self Family Endowed Chair in Human Genetics in the department of biochemistry. Mackay received her B.S. and M.S. in biology from Dalhousie University and her Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Edinburgh. She was a lecturer in the department of genetics at the University of Edinburgh from 1980–1987 before joining the faculty of North Carolina State University in 1987 as a Distinguished University Professor and Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Chair of Biological Sciences. Mackay’s research focuses on understanding the molecular, genetic and environmental basis of variation in quantitative traits. Her findings have identified many novel genes affecting quantitative traits relevant to human biology, including lifespan, aggression, stress resistance, and alcohol and drug sensitivity. Mackay’s research has been funded continuously by the NIH since 1990, with research awards totaling more than $54 million. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the Royal Society of London and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. She has been awarded the Genetics Society of America Medal, the O. Max Gardner Award from the University of North Carolina Board of Regents, the North Carolina Award for Science, and is the 2016 Wolf Prize Laureate in Agriculture. 

Melody Land, Administrative Coordinator to the Dean, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Melody Land

Special Administrator for the Dean

As special administrator for the Dean, Land provides support in planning, organizing and administering functions for the Office of the Dean. She has spent the majority of her many years at Clemson University within the university’s research division.

Deborah Jensen, Administrative Coordinator, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Deborah Jensen

Project Manager

As administrative coordinator, Jensen supports College initiatives, bringing a structured approach and process perspective. With her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Clemson, Jensen gained technical experience previously in the government sector as an analyst with the U.S. Department of Defense, in the private sector at Fortune 500 companies, at Michelin and Georgia Pacific as a systems analyst, and back at Clemson University where she supported enterprise and state systems as a systems programmer in DCIT. Jensen then gained management and cross-cultural experience serving 12 years internationally with an NGO leading teams to initiate human needs outreaches in Burmese refugee camps and partnering with U.S. volunteers and nationals to coordinate multi-cultural language workshops in high schools, universities, and business ethics cultural exchanges for industry in Thailand and East Asia before returning to Clemson University.

Mary Clare Mitchell, Administrative Assistant, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Mary Clare Mitchell

Administrator Assistant

As administrative coordinator, Mitchell provides support and also coordinates faculty excellence events for the College of Science and the Center for Human Genetics. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Randolph-Macon College and brings valuable experience from roles in sales, marketing and administration. She joined Clemson in November 2018.

Debbie Wright, Administrative Coordinator, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Debbie Wright

Administrative Coordinator

As administrative coordinator, Wright provides support and also coordinates and assists various committees within the College. Wright brings extensive knowledge and experience from her many years working at Clemson University.

Barbara Bass, Clemson University College of Science Business Manager

Barbara Bass

Business Officer

As business officer, Bass serves as the budget center representative to the campus. She is responsible for financial planning, budgeting and analysis for the College. Her office is works to ensure the financial integrity of College activities. Bass joined Clemson in 1993, after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University.

Michelle Duncan, Post-Award Manager, Clemson University College of Science

Michelle Duncan

Post-Award Manager

As the post-award manager, Duncan is responsible for sponsored research grants and contracts. She has worked in the college post-award area at Clemson University since 1999, providing administrative and financial guidance to faculty in their research projects. Duncan earned a management and MBA degree, both from Clemson, in 1990 and 1991.

Stephanie Duncan, Accountant/Fiscal Analyst III, Clemson University College of Science

Stephanie Duncan

Post-Award Accountant

As a post-award accountant, Duncan provides financial and administrative guidance relating to sponsored research projects. She has served in post-award research administration at Clemson University since 2001.

Joanne Marcou, Clemson University College of Science assistant business officer

Joanne Marcou

Assistant Business Officer

As assistant business officer, Marcou assists the business officer and is responsible for project reconciliation, financial records management and retention, coding of daily expenses, assisting the College’s department accountants, and managing special projects. Marcou has her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Furman University. Marcou is new to Clemson; she joined the team in July 2018. 

Cheryl Summers, Accountant/Fiscal Analyst III, Clemson University College of Science

Cheryl Summers

Post-Award Accountant

As a post award accountant, Summers provides financial and administrative guidance relating to sponsored research projects.  She has worked in the college post-award area at Clemson University since 2013. She has a B.S. in consumer and family sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and earned her Master’s in public accountancy from Clemson in 2012. Summers became a certified financial research administrator in 2019.

Yuki Kihara, International Science Programs Mgr, Clemson University

Yuki Kihara

International SCIENCE Programs Manager

As international programs manager, Kihara supports faculty and staff to achieve the College’s vision of excellence in global engagement and to pursue strategic development and the successful implementation of global engagement opportunities for students. She provides support for existing international programs in the college, helps the College, School and departments create new programs, and advises SCIENCE students interested in education abroad opportunities. Kihara has worked in higher education and the field of international education for 10 years. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Regional and Cultural Studies from the University of Fukui and earned a Master of Arts in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, in 2010. Prior to moving back to the U.S. and joining the Clemson Abroad Office in 2016, she worked as an assistant professor at the International Center and an assistant to the Vice President for International Affairs at Tokyo Metropolitan University in Tokyo. 

Harolynn Williams, Director for Health Professions Advising, Clemson University

Harolynn Williams


As director of health professions advising, Williams collaborates with offices across campus to provide resources for students who are considering going into medical, dental, pharmacy or rehabilitation careers. She serves as the primary adviser for students interested in medical and PA school. Williams encourages all of her students to “respect the process” and have backup plans A, B and C. She received her Associate of Arts and Science degrees from Sinclair Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in English and ethnic studies from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree from Walden University in higher education student affairs. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration from Walden University. Williams has worked in many different capacities in higher education for approximately 10 years, including Young Scholars Instructor, After-school English and Reading Comprehension Tutor, Administrative Assistant within Academic Advising, Academic Advisor and Post-Baccalaureate Coordinator. She has presented at national and regional conferences on various topics such as Pre-Health Advising, Student Success and Minority Retention issues. 

Charles Allen, SCIENCE IT Lead, Clemson University

Charles Allen

IT Services Lead

As the IT services lead, Allen advises the College on IT policies and procedures; assists with purchasing hardware, software and services; and is the College’s delegate for administrator or operator roles for resources that CCIT provides. Allen facilitates communication between CCIT and the College and advocates for the College, its departments and employees when dealing with CCIT. He is a third-generation graduate of Clemson University, the son of a Clemson professor and grandson of a Clemson research associate. Allen worked for DCIT as a student and graduated Clemson with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He joined Clemson University in 1996 doing desktop PC support for mathematical sciences.

Joe Bradford, IT Consultant, College of Science, Clemson University

Joe Bradford

Senior IT Consultant

As senior IT consultant, Bradford advises and assists with IT, A/V, and video teleconferencing systems for the College. Bradford previously worked at Clemson’s Charleston campus, better known as CURI, where he was the lead IT support. His experience in video teleconferencing and audio-video systems enabled Clemson to successfully launch remote classes at the new Zucker Graduate Education Center for engineering and digital production arts. He managed all IT for the Electrical Innovation Center, where wind turbine testing and electrical grid simulation is located. His support enabled operations for Vestas’ $30 million wind turbine test campaign. He also managed IT for the Warren Lasch Conservation Center, which consists of labs where restoration work is being carried out on the historic Hunley submarine.

Kevin Hedetniemi, Senior Web Developer, College of Science, Clemson University

Kevin Hedetniemi

Systems Programmer/Developer III

As a senior web developer, Hedetniemi assists departments in the College creating efficient and secure data collection and workflows by designing, developing, implementing and maintaining web-based applications and the databases they leverage. A native of Clemson, he earned his Bachelor of Science in computer science-math from Furman University in 2007. He joined Clemson in 2007 working in the mathematical sciences department as a systems programmer.

Tori Kling, IT Consultant, College of Science, Clemson University

Tori Kling

IT Consultant

As an IT consultant and student supervisor, Kling supports the College of Science’s IT needs, and delegates tasks to student employees so that the college can be supported as quickly and efficiently as possible. She graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2016. She has been working at the CCIT Support Center since 2015, supporting students, faculty, and staff with software needs. Kling joined the College of Science IT team in August 2018.

Jim Melvin, Public Information Director for the College of Science, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Jim Melvin


As marketing and communications director, Melvin promotes faculty achievements, communicates with local and national media, and helps develop a variety of online and print materials. His stories have focused on the university’s globally recognized research, including diabetes, autism, obesity, genomics, astronomy and Big Data. In 2015, he won a gold medal in the national Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) contest in the category “Writing for the Web.” In 2016, he won another gold medal in the ACE contest in “Writing for a Magazine” and a silver medal in “Writing for the Web.” In 2017, he won a silver medal in the ACE contest in "Writing for a Magazine." He was also co-coordinator of "Eclipse Over Clemson," a mega-viewing party for the total solar eclipse that drew about 50,000 to campus and that won a 2018 Grand Gold in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education international contest. Earlier in his career, Melvin totaled more than 30 national and state awards as a journalist for the Tampa Bay Times, Charlotte Observer and The Greenville News. He is also the author of six published novels. Melvin is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and ACE.

Pete Martin, Online Media Coordinator, College of Science, Clemson University

Pete Martin

Online and Print Media Coordinator

As the online and print coordinator, Martin updates and expands the College’s website, designs a variety of print materials, takes photographs and writes stories. Previously, Martin was custom publications editor for The Greenville News, where he was responsible for a team that produced non-daily and supplemental content for the newspaper, as well as two monthly magazines, including Upstate Parent and TALK. He wrote a weekly wine-focused column for the newspaper, and wrote and photographed special features. He has also been a consultant to newspapers and commercial printers on writing, design, photography and technology. Martin has won awards from the South Carolina Press Association and the Parent Media Association for writing and design. He is a member of Professional Photographers of America. 

Laura Schmitt, science writer, Clemson University

Laura Schmitt

Senior Science Writer

As senior science writer, Schmitt writes and disseminates media releases, feature stories, newsletter items and in-house articles for the College of Science. She also assists with the College’s social media presence, creates content for College and department websites, and helps organize outreach events. Before coming to Clemson in August 2019, Schmitt was a communications professional at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked for various units (Nick Holonyak Jr. Micro and Nanotechnology Lab and the Departments of Computer Science and Bioengineering) within the Grainger College of Engineering. During her 20-plus-year career at Illinois, she wrote media releases and magazine articles about faculty research, as well as feature stories about student and alumni achievements, and she produced content to support recruiting and development efforts. She also wrote a book about the inventor of the light-emitting diode. Schmitt earned her B.A. in English and M.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois. In her spare time, she enjoys running, group fitness classes, tennis, golf, bicycling and just being outdoors — as well as spending time with her family.

Eryka Wallace, Marketing Strategist, College of Science, Clemson

Eryka Wallace

Marketing Strategist

As marketing strategist, Wallace supports the development, update, and management of marketing strategies and tactics, informed by external benchmarking. Additionally, Wallace assists the core leadership team with communications and materials for presentations, talks and events. Previously, Wallace was the associate director for the Division of Academic Engagement at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. At UWF, she performed a variety of duties, from spearheading the brand and strategy of the university to managing the development, distribution and development of all print and digital collateral. Wallace has a master’s degree in strategic communication and leadership from UWF and a B.A. in mass communication and journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. Beyond work, she enjoys serving and impacting her local community, living by the concept of “bloom where you are planted.”

Jennie LaMonte, Director, Scholar Dev, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Jennie LaMonte


As director of scholar development, LaMonte supports high-performing students to maximize their time at Clemson.  She works directly with students to ensure their success through professional strategic planning, including candidacy development for high-impact experiences such as research internships at national labs, international placements and scientific funding competitions. LaMonte has served as managing director of an international scholarship program, overseen federally funded project budgets, and supported implementation of her mentoring methodologies at highly selective university programs. An alumna of Wellesley College, Lehigh University, and Harvard University, as well as an award-winning adviser, LaMonte’s roles have included administrative and faculty positions at Phillips Academy Andover, the University of New Hampshire, New England College, Harvard College and North Carolina State University. When possible, LaMonte races sailboats with her husband, Mark A.L. Johnson. 

Christal Douglas, Grants Coordinator at Clemson University

Christal Douglas

OSP Support Center Manager

As OSP support center manager, Douglas assists faculty with the grants submission process. She has extensive experience in the field of human resources. Douglas received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Clemson University in 2015, and a master’s degree in business administration in 2018.

Maria Petrakos, Grants Coordinator II at Clemson University

Maria Petrakos

Grants Coordinator

As a grants coordinator, Petrakos assists faculty with the grant-submission process. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, including program management, leadership development and proposal writing. Petrakos received her master’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of Central Florida and her bachelor’s degree in studio art from Rollins College. She was presented with the Young Alumni Achievement Award from Rollins College in 2017 for her work in the nonprofit sector in the Central Florida community.

Julie Tovey, Director of Development, College of Science, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Julie Tovey

Director of Development

As the director of development, Tovey is the senior fundraising manager for the College, interacting with alumni and other donors. Tovey has many years of nonprofit development and communications experience. Her strengths lie in planning, collaboration and capacity building. Tovey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University, and a master’s of public administration from Arkansas State University.

Sharetta Bufford, Student Services Coordinator, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Sharetta Bufford

Assistant Director,
Recruitment and Inclusive Excellence

As the recruiting program coordinator for inclusive excellence and graduate education, Bufford will assist with supporting graduate students and increasing the number of underrepresented faculty, staff and students in the College. She has been in student services for more than six years, including roles as an undergraduate recruiting program coordinator, financial aid counselor and satisfactory academic progress coordinator. As a first-generation college student, Bufford earned her Bachelor of Arts in both political science and sociology from Winthrop University in 2010, and she earned her master of education in higher education administration degree from Columbia College in 2015.

Adam Hunter, Student Services Coordinator II, Clemson University, Clemson SC

Adam Hunter

Assistant Director, Advising
and Professional Development

As the advising program coordinator for student services, Hunter advises a variety of student populations, including Bridge to Clemson students interested in College of Science majors, students in Pre-Professional Health Studies and those on the pre-pharmacy track, and freshman students in the chemistry department. Hunter also advises students interested in study abroad opportunities and is the College-designated adviser for Accelerated Pathways to MUSC. He manages student enrichment and professional development opportunities. Hunter has worked in higher education for nine years. He is a third-generation Clemson graduate preceded by his father (1979) and grandfather (1956). He completed a Bachelor of Science in psychology degree in 2007 and earned a master of education degree in counselor education in 2009.

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