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College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities launches Hall of Fame

April 10, 2017

Members of the 2017 CAAH Hall of Fame. Pictured from left, front row: Millard Choate, Ben Skardon, Pat Wannamaker, Jeanet Dreskin and Ronald Moran. Back row: Richard Lou, Doug Hunter, Byron Brooks, Edward Pinckney, Donald Collins, David Wilkins, Michael East, Stephan Barton and Jim Barker. (Not pictured: Harvey Gantt, Ron Rash and Ralph Rynes.)

Members of the 2017 CAAH Hall of Fame. Pictured from left, front row: Millard Choate, Ben Skardon, Pat Wannamaker, Jeanet Dreskin and Ronald Moran. Back row: Richard Lou, Doug Hunter, Byron Brooks, Edward Pinckney, Donald Collins, David Wilkins, Michael East, Stephan Barton and Jim Barker. (Not pictured: Harvey Gantt, Ron Rash and Ralph Rynes.)

The College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities has inducted 17 founding members of a new Hall of Fame celebrating alumni, faculty and friends who have made a significant impact upon the educational, research and/or service goals of the college. The induction ceremony was held March 31 at the Madren Conference Center, with 14 of the new members present.

“It was an extraordinary opportunity having so much talent, so much achievement and so much commitment in one room,” said Richard Goodstein, dean of the college. “Each member of this inaugural class will continue to serve as a beacon for all who come afterward. Each and every one will be a very tough act to follow.”

Members of the founding class of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities Hall of Fame are listed below, in alphabetical order by nominating department.

Photos of the induction ceremony are here.

Nominated by the School of Architecture: James F. Barker, FAIA

Jim Barker came to Clemson University from Kingsport, Tennessee as an architecture student and track athlete. After graduating from Clemson, he spent several years as a practicing architect, at Mississippi State University and Clemson as a faculty member and dean, and was named Clemson president in 1999.

He led Clemson through an era of dramatic growth in academic quality and reputation, moving from the third tier to Number 20 among national public universities, according to U.S. News and World Report, and gaining Clemson recognition for its commitment to undergraduate teaching and the strong return on investment in tuition that graduates enjoyed. He helped lead the University through a $600-million fundraising campaign, which eventually reached $1 billion. After 14 years of service as President, he returned to the architecture faculty at Clemson and was named President Emeritus. He teaches seminar and studio courses to undergraduate and graduate students.

Jim Barker is a leading voice in higher education for South Carolina and the nation. He has served as President of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and as Chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, and served on the Board of The Shaw Group (a Fortune 500 company). He is also a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Design Forum (formerly the Institute for Urban Design), and a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.

Jim enjoys traveling, skiing, drawing, painting and spending time with his wife Marcia and their grandchildren.

Nominated by the School of Architecture: Harvey B. Gantt, FAIA

In 1963 Harvey Gantt became the first African-American student to enroll at Clemson University. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Clemson with honors in 1965, and in 1970, he received a Master of City Planning degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Throughout his career, Harvey’s ties with academia have remained strong. He has been a visiting lecturer at a number of prestigious institutions, including Clemson, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2012.

Harvey Gantt entered politics in 1974 and was elected to the Charlotte, N.C. City Council, where he served until 1983. He was then elected to two terms as Charlotte’s first African-American Mayor. In the 1990’s, he ran twice for the U.S. Senate against Jesse Helms.

In 1995 President Bill Clinton appointed Harvey Gantt Chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission, on which he served until 2000.

In 2000, Clemson’s multicultural affairs center was named for Gantt and his wife Lucinda, who also attended Clemson. The Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center is committed to creating diverse learning environments that foster the holistic development of all Clemson students.

In 2013, Gantt received the Whitney Young Jr. Award from the American Institute of Architects for his leadership as an agent of social change, as a noted civil rights pioneer, public servant and award-winning architect.

“We believe there has been no other AIA member who has contributed more to the social fabric of our society throughout his lifetime than Harvey Gantt,” wrote his nominators. “He has literally opened doors, provided opportunity, and personally mentored generations of design professionals and civic leaders through his life’s work.”

Harvey and Lucinda Gantt are the proud parents of four children.

Nominated by the Department of Art: Jeanet S. Dreskin

When Jeanet Stecker Dreskin and her late husband Arthur settled in Greenville, S.C. in 1950 to raise their family, she wasn’t thinking about going back to school. She had her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tulane University and a certificate in Medical Art from John Hopkins University. She had also studied at the NY Art Students League. Then the offer came — to become Clemson’s first Master of Fine Arts student. She accepted, she excelled, and she set the bar high for all who have followed in her footsteps.

Dreskin’s paintings are included in the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art and nearly two dozen other museum and permanent collections. Her medical drawings, paintings and other illustrations have been reproduced widely in journals, textbooks and other volumes, including Encyclopedia Britannica, and the National Journal of Surgery. Among her solo exhibitions are shows at the Columbia Museum of Art, S.C.; the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Ga.; and in 2014, a career retrospective in the Lee Gallery.

Jeanet Dreskin has taught at the Greenville Museum School of Art, at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, and as adjunct professor for the University of South Carolina.

In 1984, she was President of South Carolina Watermedia Society, and in 1973, she was President of the Guild of South Carolina Artists. She was an officer of Southern Graphics Council and served on the board for many years. She has also served on the South Carolina Arts Commission Advisory Board.

Dreskin has won numerous awards for her artwork, including the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Lifetime Achievement Governor’s Award for the Arts in 2004. The Verner Award is the highest arts award of the State of South Carolina.

Nominated by the Department of Art: Richard Alexander Lou

Richard Alexander Lou was born in San Diego, Calif. and was raised there and in Tijuana, Mexico. Lou grew up in a biracial family which was spiritually and intellectually guided by an anti-colonialist Chinese father and a culturally affirming Mexicana mother. Lou received his A.A. in Art in 1981 from Southwestern College in California; a B.A. in Fine Art in 1983 from California State University at Fullerton; and a Master of Fine Art in 1986 from Clemson University.

Lou has over 30 years of teaching experience in higher education and over 25 years of arts administration experience as Chair at three different institutions of higher education. He has curated more than 30 exhibitions and continues to produce and exhibit art, while teaching and chairing the Department of Art at the University of Memphis.

As a Chicano artist, the consistent theme he has explored is the subjugation of his community by the dominant culture and white privilege.

Lou has exhibited extensively in venues in the U.S. and around the world, including “Stories on My Back,” a 2016 installation in Clemson’s Lee Gallery.

His art work has been published and/or cited in various newspapers, magazines, catalogs, electronic media, and over 40 scholarly books that include the newly released The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Popular Culture, edited by Frederick Aldama 2016; Born of Resistance: Cara a Cara Encounters with Chicana/o Visual Culture, edited by Victor Sorell and Scott Baugh, University of Arizona Press 2015; War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art, edited by Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis, Washington Press 2013; and Arte: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960-2000, El Museo Del Barrio, NY, NY, edited by Deborah Cullen 2008.

Nominated by the Department of City and Regional Planning: Byron W. Brooks, AICP

Byron Brooks has more than 30 years of professional experience in the public sector. He was appointed as Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Orlando in 2005, and is responsible for assisting the Mayor with the day-to-day oversight and supervision of the City’s operating departments and services. This involves administration of an organization with approximately 3,300 employees and an annual budget of approximately $1.1 billion, serving a community of more than 270,000 residents and thriving businesses. Orlando welcomes over 60 million visitors annually.

Prior to working with the City of Orlando, Brooks served as executive director (chief executive officer) of the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority. He worked with Orange County, Fla. government for more than 14 years, performing as deputy county administrator for 8 years, with day-to-day administrative oversight of as many as 6,000 employees and a $1.7 billion annual operating and capital budget and responsibilities in every service area of local government.

Brooks received his Master of City and Regional Planning from Clemson University and his bachelor’s degree from Furman University. He also completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and he completed the Executive Leadership Institute of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. Brooks obtained his official designation as a certified planner (AICP) from the American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Association in 1992.

His community involvement includes service on the following: Ninth Judicial Circuit Florida Bar Grievance Committee; University of Central Florida Public Administration Advisory Board (chairman); Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida (past chairman); Heart of Florida United Way; YMCA Black Achievers (past chairman); Healthy Community Initiative; and Black Business Investment Fund Loan Committee.

Brooks is married to Sandra Brooks and they have two adult children – Jared and Imani.

Nominated by the Department of Construction Science and Management: Millard Choate

William Millard Choate is the Chairman and CEO of Choate Construction Company, one of the largest commercial building contractors in the southeastern United States.

Since founding the company in 1989,  Choate has overseen the growth of the firm from a few employees to over 400 professionals with annual revenues exceeding $1 billion. Choate Construction strives to lead the construction industry in advances in virtual construction and building information modeling, LEED® construction and consulting, safety, and risk mitigation. The company is consistently ranked in Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 National Contractors and Top Southeast Contractor lists.

Embodying Choate Construction’s motto “Reputation is Everything,” Millard Choate ensures Choate’s five Southeast offices provide unparalleled construction services, guided by the moral integrity of its core values.

Choate has served as a guest speaker in Clemson’s Construction Science and Management classes on many occasions over the past six years. In addition, he meets on a regular basis with small groups of CSM majors at all year levels, not only to learn about what they are doing but also to provide professional guidance when requested. His company is an active member of the CSM Department’s Corporate Partner Program.

A native of Nashville Tennessee, Choate is a graduate of Father Ryan High School and Vanderbilt University. Active in several organizations, he serves as a Director on the Board of Fidelity Bank, is an active member in the Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and is a member of the Atlanta Rotary.

He supports many organizations such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, HomeStretch, Clemson University, and other military family support charities, to name a few.

Nominated by the Department of Construction Science and Management: Doug Hunter

Doug Hunter is Executive Vice President of Holder Construction Company. Hunter has 28 years of construction experience and has been with Holder for the past 23 years.

Hunter provides leadership on projects encompassing all of Holder’s core markets including clients such as Clemson University, American Airlines, Apple, Cox Communications, Emory University, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Automatic Data Processing (ADP), Hines, Delta Airlines, State Farm Insurance and more.

Doug is also actively involved in professional organizations and the community, including Clemson University. His involvement with Clemson began more than 13 years ago through leading Holder’s on-campus recruiting efforts. As he became more involved, Doug began supporting the Construction Science and Management Department through his active role on the Industry Advisory Board. In 2014, Hunter became Chair of the Executive Committee of the Industry Advisory Board where he has served two terms.

Outside of his involvement at Clemson University, Doug Hunter is a two-term Past President of the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) Board of Directors, 2005-2007, and served on the Board of Directors for AGC of Georgia. He is also very passionate about supporting various nonprofit organizations and is usually the first to throw his name in the hat for a good cause and support someone in need. Hunter is active with Habitat for Humanity, Austin Drive Community Center, The Spinal Shepard Center, First Tee Atlanta and most recently is serving on the Board of Directors of the Community Assistance Center.

Doug Hunter received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is LEED Accredited by the United States Green Building Council.

Nominated by the Department of English: Ron Rash

Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to five other novels, including One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, The World Made Straight, and Above the Waterfall; five collections of poems; and six collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award, and most recently, Something Rich and Strange. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.

Ron Rash earned a bachelor’s degree at Gardner-Webb University, although by his own admission he was “not a great student.” Yet he also showed all the symptoms of being a writer from a young age, most notably comfort in the solitude of time spent alone in the woods along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Still, Rash had entered college with no loftier goal than someday becoming a track coach.

By the time he arrived at Clemson for graduate work in English, Rash was not feeling particularly sure of his path. But it turned out to be the right place at the right time for a would-be writer.

While Rash is best known as a novelist, he started out writing primarily poetry and short stories. He has had poems appear in more than 100 magazines and journals, but didn’t publish his first book until his 40s, the 1994 short-story collection The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth and Other Stories From Cliffside, North Carolina. After a couple of poetry collections came One Foot in Eden, the first of his six novels.*

Rash has just learned that he has been named a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow. The Guggenheim Foundation writes, “Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.”

* Excerpted in part from Clemson World magazine.

Nominated by the Department of English: Beverly N. “Ben” Skardon

Colonel Beverly N. “Ben” Skardon was born on Bastille Day, 1917, in St. Francesville, La. He was one of four brothers who graduated from Clemson College. He entered the U.S. Army in 1939. During WWII, he was captured by the Japanese Army at the fall of Bataan. He is a survivor of the Bataan Death March and the POW camps. He was liberated in 1945 by units of the Russian Army in Mukden, Manchuria.

Colonel Skardon also served in the Korean Conflict from 1951-1952 and in Germany from 1956-1959. His military decorations include the Silver Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; four Bronze Stars, one with “V” device; the Purple Heart; and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Upon retirement from the U.S. Army, Col. Skardon received an M.A. degree in English from the University of Georgia and was appointed to the faculty of Clemson University in 1964. He received the Alumni Master Teacher Award in 1977 for classroom teaching. In 1983, he received the Distinguished Service Award from Clemson University.

Col. Skardon is a past president of the Clemson Fellowship and the Clemson Cotillion Clubs. He served on the Clemson University Athletic Council and as editor of the Clemson University Self-Study, 1981. He is a former member of the Greenville Torch Club. He also served as Warden, Vestryman, Lay Reader, and Archivist of Holy Trinity Episcopal Parish, Clemson.

He is a former member of the Clemson Downs Volunteers and served as secretary, vice president, and director of the Board. He is also a former facilitator of the Clemson Alzheimer’s Support Group. Col. Skardon has recently been named to the United States Army National ROTC Hall of Fame.

For the last ten years, he has participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico as a speaker and a walker. CBS’s Sixty Minutes has featured his participation in that annual event.

Nominated by the Department of History: David H. Wilkins

The Honorable David H. Wilkins earned a bachelor’s degree in History cum laude from Clemson University in 1968. A graduate of Greenville High School, Ambassador Wilkins came to Clemson on a tennis scholarship.

After serving in the United States Army, he attended law school at the University of South Carolina. He was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1980, serving as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and Speaker Pro Tem before becoming Speaker of the House in 1994.

This made Wilkins the first Republican speaker of the South Carolina legislature since the 1880s. As Speaker of the House, he oversaw the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse in 2000.

In 2005, President George W. Bush chose Wilkins to be the U.S. Ambassador to Canada. He served as ambassador until 2009, during which time he helped resolve several trade issues.

He also worked on energy policy, environmental issues and national security. In 2010 he headed the transition team for newly elected South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

David Wilkins is the recipient of many statewide honors and awards, including the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest honor. He is a member of the Clemson University Board of Trustees, and served as Chairman of the Board for six years.

He was previously recognized by Clemson with an honorary doctorate in the Humanities in 2003. He is currently a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Law Firm in Greenville, S.C.

Nominated by the Department of Landscape Architecture: Donald Lynn Collins, FASLA

Raised in Charlotte, Don was destined to be a landscape architect.  His father often engaged in construction projects between his tours of duty as a firefighter. His grandfather was a land developer. Both men were frugal, bringing home job-site wood scraps to re-purpose. While his mother tended the books, young Collins spent hours playing in his grandfather’s storage yard, laying out roads and arranging little wood blocks as “buildings” to form villages. Little did he know that this “design on the land” was the essence of landscape architecture.

After high school, Collins enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. In the USAF, “teaching” college-educated pilots how to navigate the Berlin Corridor gave Collins a new perspective and determination to earn a college degree. Through a USAF-Furman University program, he soon began his academic quest. Following the USAF service, Don Collins enrolled in Clemson University’s architecture program. Attending a guest lecture by a renowned landscape architect altered his career path once again. Collins transferred to NCSU to major in landscape architecture.

Nearing graduation, he was offered a position in the design firm where he had been working as an intern, but with one stipulation — he had to earn an advanced degree at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Finishing the GSD, Collins accepted an academic position at Ball State University’s College of Architecture instead of returning to the firm.

A few years later, Collins joined the faculty of Clemson’s College of Architecture. He served twice as Acting Head of the Department of Architecture. In 1987 he was asked to found the program in Landscape Architecture that he headed for 18 years, growing the program from 4 students to 140. From 1995 to 2005 he also headed the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture.

In 2003, Don was made a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects for his success in developing the Landscape Architecture Program. In 2005 Don received the ASLA’s Jot Carpenter Medal for “sustained academic achievement.” The Carpenter Medal is the ASLA’s highest award to an academic.

Don retired in 2005 but continues in the making of works in the US and Canada.

Nominated by the Department of Landscape Architecture: Edward Pinckney, FASLA

Ed Pinckney received a Bachelor of Architecture from Clemson University in 1958 and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960.

Until his retirement, he was founder and president of Edward Pinckney/Associates, Ltd., a landscape architecture firm he founded in Bluffton, S.C.

As an architect and landscape architect, Pinckney’s work has taken him all over the world, from the National Park Service in Philadelphia to the University of Melbourne. He provided professional services for 50 years throughout the southeastern U.S., Japan, Croatia, Bermuda, Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Dubai, the UAE and Turkey.

Deep ties to his profession included the following professional affiliations: Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA); Fellow, Urban Design Institute; Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB); Urban Land Institute (ULI); American Planning Association (APA); American Institute of Architects (AIA), Honorary Affiliate.

Ed Pinckney’s ties to Clemson also run deep. He served as Associate Professor of Architecture for 11 years, and two terms as Chairman of the Clemson Architectural Foundation. Among his many awards are the Tau Sigma Delta Medal, awarded by architecture students from the Clemson University chapter, and the Architecture Alumni Achievement Award from Clemson University in 2013.

Civic and community activies include service as a member of the first planning commission for the Town of Hilton Head Island; member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Extraordinary Minister, Holy Family Catholic Church; trustee, Sea Pines Academy; Rotarian of the Year ‘99 VanLandingham Rotary Club, Hilton Head Island (27 yrs.); and member, University of South Carolina, Columbia campus, Architecture Review Board, 2011-2015.

Nominated by the Department of Languages: Ralph Rynes, M.D., Ph.D., FDTI

Prior to his retirement, Dr. Ralph Rynes was a board-certified physician with more than 30 years’ experience in treating the neurological aspects of infectious diseases. He worked primarily with individuals living with HIV and co-occurring mental health or substance use disorders. He earned a B.A. at Clemson University and an M.A. at the Universität Hamburg in Germany before completing his Doctoral degrees (M.D. and Ph.D.) at l’Université Denis Diderot. Dr. Rynes completed clinical and research residencies in Neurology and Neuroscience at l’Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris, France, followed by post-doctoral research in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He specialized in Prion diseases and in the treatment of HIV and Hepatitis C as well as the neurobiology of substance use disorders, practicing at the Immunology Center of the USC School of Medicine, the largest infectious diseases clinic in South Carolina.

Additionally, Rynes provided cultural sensitivity training to other physicians and support staff on Latino, French-speaking African refugee, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender treatment nuances, in addition to providing HIV/AIDS training and cultural sensitivity training for S.C. Alcohol and Drug Commissions, S.C. and other states’ Primary Healthcare Associations, the National Association of Addictions Counselors, the S.C. Health Information Management Association, S.C. DHEC and a host of national organizations.

Rynes now volunteers with Doctors Without Borders in a consulting capacity and continues to work to mitigate the stigma associated with HIV, Hepatitis C, and mental health and substance use disorders in the U.S. and  Western Europe.

Special interests include Prion diseases, the neuro-chemical pathways of addiction and specialized treatment issues in LGBT and Latino and African refugee populations.

Prior to retirement, he served on numerous national and international boards, as well as serving on and chairing the boards of the Columbia Free Medical Clinic and the Columbia Oral Health Clinic.

Nominated by the Department of Languages: Patricia W. Wannamaker

Pat Wannamaker received both her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  She taught English and German for nine years in secondary schools in the state before finishing her Ph.D. in German and linguistics at Louisiana State University in 1964.

Wannamaker finished a 25-year teaching career at Clemson as founding Director of the Language and International Trade baccalaureate degree program under the funding of the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE).

Pat Wannamaker envisioned a Clemson Language and International Trade degree that would combine humanistic and technical learning to develop cultural sensitivity as a marketing tool in global business.

She formed partnerships with supporting agencies, and multinational firms were also a vital part of the success of L&IT: in example, the S.C. State Development Board; the S.C. Ports Authority; the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, and the many upstate multinational firms and their parent companies around the world.

Wannamaker also invested a lot of time and effort in recruiting high school students for visits to Clemson’s campus, and more specifically to provide information to the potential future Language and International Trade majors.

Nominated by the Department of Performing Arts: Michael East

Since moving to Charleston, Mike East has had the privilege of working on productions of many shapes and sizes with dozens of other Clemson alumni. From not-for-profit operas to multi-million-dollar Broadway productions, Mike has managed and installed over 100 shows across 49 states and 9 countries. He currently serves as a Senior Production Manager for Work Light Productions and as the Technical Supervisor for Spoleto Festival USA. Mike is also a founder and the President of TTS Studios, a custom fabrication company that specializes in scenery construction for the performing arts industry.

Mike grew up in Bluffton, S.C. While in high school, he worked for his father doing construction and developed his passion for building and creating structures. During this time, Mike also stumbled into theatre at his school; not because he liked the idea of performing show tunes, but because he realized he could use his skills for a creative purpose.

Mike planned to attend Clemson for construction science, but when visiting with a friend who was interviewing for the Department of Performing Arts, he was introduced to a few of the faculty and staff. After some encouragement from his new acquaintances, Mike declared his major in Production Studies for the Performing Arts with a Theatre concentration. Throughout his years at Clemson, he practiced his craft on nearly every Brooks Center production gaining real-world experience and building lifelong professional relationships.

During his junior year, the Director of the Brooks Center, Lillian Harder, convinced a New York producer to use the Brooks Center as the rehearsal space and first stop of a touring theatre production. During this production, Mike met Rhys Williams, who would become his longtime mentor, colleague and friend. The following summer, Mike worked for Rhys in Charleston as a carpenter at the Spoleto Festival and continued working on several projects for Rhys during his senior year. After graduating, Mike was offered a scholarship to attend San Diego State University’s graduate theatre program. About a year later, Rhys called and offered Mike a job opportunity that he could not refuse, so he happily moved back to the southeast.

Nominated by the Department of Philosophy and Religion: Stephan Barton

Stephan C. Barton is President of Physicians Financial Services, LLC in Atlanta, Ga., and has specialized in comprehensive financial and estate services for the affluent since 1983. He is a Certified Senior Advisor, Registered Investment Advisor, and Registered Financial Consultant. From 1988 until 2005, Stephan was President of MAG Mutual Financial Services in Atlanta, which was endorsed by the Medical Association of Georgia, 23 county medical societies, and five specialty societies. Stephan started that company, and it grew to serve over 4,000 physicians in 32 states. After retiring from MAG Mutual Financial, he founded Physicians Financial Services in Dunwoody, Ga., and continues to serve individual physicians across the southeast with their financial needs.

Stephan has been published in the Medical Association of Georgia Journal, five other medical journals, the National Underwriter and Ticker magazines, and has been a featured conference speaker in Geneva, Rome, Madrid, London, Las Vegas and Denver. He has been awarded MDRT Top of the Table multiple times, and Agent of the Year from mutiple companies.

He received his B.A. in English from Clemson in 1972. While at Clemson, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega, the Scabbard and Blade and Blue Key national honor societies, was a Tiger letterman on the track team and listed in Who’s Who. Stephan received his master’s and doctorate in clinical counseling from Southeastern Baptist Seminary in 1975 and 1979. He is a founding board member of the Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson, past chairman of the AAH Board of Advisors, a Distinguished Alumni Fellow since 2001, and currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Medical School of Mercer University in Macon.

Stephan has been married to Mary Batten for 36 years, and they have three grown children. They both serve as deacons at First Baptist Church of Athens, Ga., as well as on numerous committees, and Stephan is a trustee of the FBC Foundation.

Nominated by the Department of Philosophy and Religion: Ronald Moran

Ronald Moran joined the Clemson faculty in 1975 after having spent nine years at UNC-Chapel Hill, one year of which he served as a Fulbright Lecturer in West Germany at the University of Wuerzburg. During his tenure at Clemson, Moran taught a variety of courses, with an emphasis on modern poetry and the creative writing of poetry.

Consistent with his graduate training at LSU (M.A., Ph.D.) and teaching areas, Moran has published 15 books and chapbooks. Six of his books of poetry were issued by the Clemson University Press. He has also published approximately 500 poems in a variety of magazines along with a number of articles and book reviews.

He has received a number of recognitions for his writings. Moran also served in a number of administration positions at Clemson: Head, Department of English; Assistant and Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts; Interim Administrator, Speech and Communications Program; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Interim Dean, College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities.

Moran and his wife, Jane, were married for 50 years prior to her death in 2009. They have twin children, Sally DeFore (Macon, Georgia) and Wes Moran (Carrollton, Georgia), along with five grandchildren.



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