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Interim VP & Dean of Students

Chris Miller


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Chris Miller was named interim vice president within the Division of Student Affairs in October 2019. He assumed the position following the retirement of Almeda Jacks after more than 40 years of service to Clemson. Miller is in his fourth year as dean of students in 2019-20 and will continue to serve in that capacity while taking on interim vice president duties.


Miller previously was associate vice president charged with overseeing the offices of Advocacy and Success, the Center for Career and Professional Development, Community and Ethical Standards, Dean of Students, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Military and Veteran Engagement, and Student Transitions and Family Programs.


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Associate VP & Chief of Staff

George Smith


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George Smith is in his 32nd year as a Clemson University staff member in 2019–20, all of which have been with the Division of Student Affairs. He currently serves as associate vice president and chief of staff and holds administrative responsibility for several areas within the division, including: operational oversight of the division’s $147 million business enterprise, strategic planning & assessment, and all communications, brand management and corporate sponsorship functions. Smith is also heavily involved in development and donor relations initiatives for Student Affairs.


Smith assumed his current role soon after Almeda Jacks returned as vice president for Student Affairs in 2014. Prior to the reorganization, he had served as associate vice president for Student Affairs since 2007, where he had administrative responsibility for several areas: Campus Activities & Events, Campus Recreation, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Gantt Center for Student Life, Parking & Transportation Services and Student Affairs Publications. In this role, he led successful initiatives to improve and expand student activity and recreational facilities and related programs and services within his areas of responsibility.


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Associate Vice President

Johnson Link


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Johnson Link is in his fifth year as associate vice president within the Division of Student Affairs in 2019–20. Link oversees the division’s municipal services, which include Business Continuity and Security Planning, Emergency Management, Fire/EMS, Municipal Court and Parking and Transportation Services.


Link is certainly no stranger to the local community. He holds the rare distinction of having served as chief of police for both the university and the city of Clemson. He earned his start with the city police department in February 1978. Seven years later, he was promoted as the youngest chief of police in Clemson history. Link served the city police department until 2002.


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Special Assistant to the VP

for Family Programs Rusty Guill


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Rusty Guill is in his 30th year as a Clemson University staff member in 2019–20, all within the Division of Student Affairs. He currently serves as a special assistant to the vice president for family programs, his first year in the position. Guill works closely with students and families to enhance the Clemson experience. His primary responsibility is to serve as a liaison to the Clemson Family Advisory Board, a group of dedicated parents who significantly assist the university as it strives to meet the educational and developmental needs of students. Guill also assists with New Student Orientation, Tigertown Bound receptions and development opportunities.


Guill accepted his current role in 2015 after a reorganization within Student Affairs when Almeda Jacks was named vice president for a second time. He had served as special assistant to Jacks in her first tenure at Clemson from 2000 to 2007. From 2007 to 2015, Guill worked as associate dean of students. His longest stint was as personnel and budget director for Student Affairs from 1989 to 2000.


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Executive Director of Development

Brandy Page


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Brandy Page is in her 10th year as a member of Clemson University’s development team in 2019–20. She works closely with Vice President Almeda Jacks and spearheads fundraising efforts within the Division of Student Affairs. Page oversees a team that includes development officers Meagan Conley, Paul Brammer, Jeff Cogburn and Bailey Griffin, donor relations manager Hannah Smith and administrative coordinator Hali Becker.


Page and her team are in the midst of some of the most successful fundraising cycles for Student Affairs. In the 2018 fiscal year, the group raised $4.5 million toward capital projects, leadership initiatives and unrestricted purposes. The total nearly doubled the previous fundraising record.


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Communications Director

Philip Sikes


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Philip Sikes is in his third year as communications director for the Division of Student Affairs in 2019–20, but his affiliation with Clemson University dates to the fall of 1998 when he enrolled as an undergraduate. Sikes is the chief communications strategist for the vice president’s office and all departments within Student Affairs.


Sikes was an associate athletic communications director at Clemson from 2004 through 2017. During that time, he served as the primary communications representative for the men’s basketball program. He planned and executed promotional material for multiple audiences, while also strategizing and maintaining content for the program’s social media platforms. Sikes also was the secondary contact for the National Championship football team in 2016 and served in the same capacity in 2015 as well. He represented Clemson’s athletic communications office at the 2015 College Football Awards Show in Atlanta and 2016 Heisman Trophy presentation in New York City.


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