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Student Affairs

Student Affairs Leadership Team

Dr. Chris Miller

L. Christopher Miller, J.D., Ph.D. — Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Chris Miller serves as the vice president and dean of students for Clemson University Division of Student Affairs. Miller was appointed to the full-time position in April 2021 after serving in an interim capacity following the retirement of Almeda Jacks. Miller successfully guided Student Affairs through a transitional period in which several of its departments relocated within the institution to the Finance and Operations Division — creating a leaner, more student-focused organizational structure within Student Affairs.

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George Smith

George Smith, Ph.D. — Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

George Smith serves as senior associate vice president within the Division of Student Affairs and since Fall 2019 has held administrative oversight for several areas, including: Campus Life, Campus Recreation, the Center for Career and Professional Development, Community and Ethical Standards and Student Health Services. Under his guidance, Student Affairs has raised significant funds to build facilities to support student growth and development through the Barnes Center, Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Complex and Samuel J. Cadden Chapel.

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Kimberly Poole

Kimberly Poole, Ph.D. — Assistant Vice President and Senior Associate Dean of Students

Kimberly Poole serves as assistant vice president and senior associate dean of students within Clemson University’s Division of Student Affairs. She serves as designee for the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students — engaging closely with students and families — in his absence. In her expanded role, she has supervisory responsibility over Advocacy and Success, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Interpersonal Violence Response and Military and Veteran Engagement.

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Mandy Hays

Mandy Hays — Assistant Vice President for Campus Life

Mandy Hays has been a member of the Division of Student Affairs since 1993. Currently, she serves as the assistant vice president for campus life, a post she has held since 2015. In this role, she is responsible for the direction and supervision of two departments: Campus Reservations & Events and the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement. These areas enhance the out-of-classroom experience for Clemson students through programs and activities, including support for student organizations.

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Kryssa Cooper

Kryssa Cooper — Assistant Vice President for Brand Strategy and Community Engagement

Kryssa Cooper serves as assistant vice president for brand strategy and community engagement within Clemson University’s Division of Student Affairs. She was appointed to the position in January 2022 after two years as the division’s director of corporate and community engagement. In her current role, Cooper oversees division commercial sponsorship coordination and the City of Clemson programs liaison. She also has responsibility for planning large-scale divisionwide events, contributing to the strategic direction of Student Affairs.

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Lisa Bona

Lisa Bona — Chief Business Operations and Strategy Officer

Lisa Bona serves as chief business operations and strategy officer for the Division of Student Affairs. She returned to Clemson in April 2017 after spending 3 1/2 years at Emory University in Atlanta. In her role, she oversees all business operations, budgets, financial and personnel activities for the division. She also provides leadership and oversight of all financial planning, assessment and strategy within Student Affairs to support effective strategic decisions, operational excellence and resource alignment

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Pam Davis

Pam Davis — Student Affairs Institutional Excellence Lead

Pam Davis serves as institutional excellence lead for the Division of Student Affairs. In this new role, she works directly with the Office of Institutional Excellence to align Student Affairs strategic and operational plans, enterprise risk management, business continuity and continuous improvement projects to Clemson Elevate — the University’s new strategic plan. As a key member of the Excellence Lead Community of Practice, Davis will influence University-wide continuous improvement opportunities and sharing of best practices.

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Philip Sikes

Philip Sikes — Executive Director of Student Communication

Philip Sikes serves as executive director of student communication. He is the chief communications strategist for the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and all departments within the Division of Student Affairs. He was elevated into his role in December 2022 as a key member of the strategic communications team in the Marketing and Communications Division.

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Libby Kehn

Libby Kehn — Executive Assistant to the Vice President

Libby Kehn serves as executive assistant within the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Kehn assumed her position in April 2019 and in her capacity performs logistical and administrative functions for the Student Affairs Leadership Team (SALT). In her role, Kehn manages the day-to-day operations of the Vice President's Office, including meeting schedules, contact with students and families, and student staffing and payroll.

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