Clemson creates endowment to honor Helms; retirement reception scheduled

October 8, 2013

She’s been called a teacher, a mentor and an inspiration. Dori Helms is all of that and more. Having served Clemson for 40 years, the last 13 as provost, the recently retired Helms has made a profound impact on the university – challenging students, earning the respect of her colleagues and working to transform Clemson into a nationally ranked research university.

“Almost every good idea we’ve had over the past decade to improve Clemson as an academic institution has come from the creative mind of Dori Helms,” noted President Jim Barker in his convocation address.

And now it’s time to honor her.

To continue her legacy, Clemson has established the Dori R. Helms Endowment for Creative Inquiry and Innovation.

The endowment will benefit students of Clemson’s Creative Inquiry programs and will support Clemson centers for innovation, such as development of the Watt Family Innovation Center.

Consider making a gift today:

Clemson Family invited to retirement reception

The board of trustees will host a retirement reception for Helms from 4:30 until 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Owen Pavilion, Madren Center. Please mark your calendar for this special event.

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