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Membership, Initiatives and Expectations

CFAB Expectations

The Clemson Family Advisory Board (CFAB) is a group of dedicated parents who significantly assist the University as it strives to meet the educational and developmental needs of our students while also addressing parents' needs for involvement, information and support. CFAB makes every effort to be a well-informed resource, assist in academic recruiting and offer the parents' perspective to the University.

Board membership applications are submitted each October, after parents of graduating students have rotated off. If you have questions about CFAB or the application process, please contact the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement at 864-656-0515 or by emailing

CFAB Initiatives

Family Weekends — CFAB works with the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement in the planning and implementation of this annual family event occurring in both Fall and Spring on campus. The committee also coordinates all volunteers needed for the weekend.

New Student Orientation — The Orientation chair works with the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement to train, coordinate and solicit volunteers. These individuals distribute CFAB literature to parents, answer questions and welcome families to Clemson. All committee members are requested to volunteer in some capacity.

Move-In — CFAB works with the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement to train, coordinate and solicit volunteers who welcome students and their families to campus each August.

Student Outreach — CFAB works with the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement and Undergraduate Admissions to solicit volunteers to engage accepted students.

Herb Coughlan Memorial Family of the Year

The Herb Coughlan Memorial Family of the Year award is a special recognition given to a parent or family who has demonstrated dynamic leadership and service to Clemson throughout their student's time at the University.

Nominees for the Family of the Year award should take additional effort and time in pursuit of the following:

  • Providing consistent service and positive morale to new students and families of Clemson University;

  • Remaining actively involved in promoting Clemson University in their local communities; and

  • Supporting both students and families in meaningful ways.

Nominations for the award are accepted in late spring throughout the summer. The recipient is recognized at the Fall Family Weekend football game each year.

Previous Winners

• 2022: Henry and Jeanie Fischer
• 2021: Ed and Kelly Rose
• 2020: Not awarded (due to COVID-19 modified operations)
• 2019: Roger and Kathy Troutman
• 2018: Tom and Kathy Reed
• 2017: Charles and Susan Barker
• 2016: Shep and Cynthia Haw
• 2015: Jeff and Susan Busch
• 2014: John and Kathy Beaty
• 2013: Eddie and Cynthia Robinson
• 2012: Wade and Melissa Allen

CFAB Roster, 2022-23

Name(s) Hometown
Nomi and John Russi (CFAB Co-Chairs) North Charleston, South Carolina
Leona Forrest-Dinkins and Chris Dinkins (Past CFAB Co-Chairs) Blythewood, South Carolina
Kelly Rose (Past CFAB Chair) Daniel Island, South Carolina
Suzanne Chastain (Vice Chair, Orientation) Lexington, South Carolina
Bill Douglass (Vice Chair, Orientation) Lemont, Illinois
Marty Cotton (Chair, Move-In/Student Life) Clover, South Carolina
Ingrid Lewis (Vice Chair, Move-In/Student Life) Sandy Springs, South Carolina
Ayodele and Basil Dosunmu (Chair, Spring Family Reunion) Greenville, South Carolina
Michele and Shane Friedman (Vice Chairs, Fall Family Weekend) Manalapan, New Jersey
Heidi (CFAB Secretary) and Scott McCarl Greenville, South Carolina
Robin and Will Stringer (Chair, Fall Family Weekend) Anderson, South Carolina
Karen Kerr (Chair, Student Outreach) Hickory, North Carolina
Tanya Irby Tucker (Vice Chair, Student Outreach) Rock Hill, South Carolina
Beth and David Boykin Statesboro, Georgia
Lisa and Norris Brooks Midlothian, Virginia
Tripp Davis Columbia, South Carolina
Sherrie Gasque Marion, South Carolina
Kristi and Jimmy Gibbs Columbia, South Carolina
Michele and Joe Hatchett Rock Hill, South Carolina
Heather Holliday Anderson, South Carolina
David Iannacconi Randolph, New Jersey
Mattie and Naresh Jain Pendleton, South Carolina
Mitzi Beason Lewis Charlotte, North Carolina
Tania Liddy Glen Ridge, New Jersey
Emily Ahnert-McCauley and Brian McCauley Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Shawna Moore Columbia, South Carolina
Cindy and David Parler North Augusta, South Carolina
Renee Pierce Spartanburg, South Carolina
Shae Rozakos Anderson, South Carolina
Rebecca Smith Lexington, South Carolina
Lisa Treadwell Castle Pines, Colorado
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