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Clemson University Honors Exceptional Individuals as 2024 Community Pillars

Recognizing Fraternity and Sorority Life Leaders at Clemson

On February 13, 2024, Clemson University’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life announced the honorees of the “Pillars of the Community” for 2024, recognizing notable contributions to the university’s fraternity and sorority chapters over the past fifty years. This year’s distinguished class will be celebrated at the second annual gala, scheduled for March 23 at the Madren Conference Center, with tickets available for $50 each.

Legacy of Leadership and Dedication

Among the 2024 honorees is Winston Fowler ’62, a seminal figure in Clemson’s Greek life, known for founding the university’s first social fraternity, Sigma Alpha Zeta, which later became Pi Kappa Alpha. As the fraternity’s first president, Fowler also played a vital role in various campus organizations, earning him the title “father of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Clemson.” Donald McKale, a retired history professor and former chapter advisor for Delta Tau Delta, greatly influenced the fraternity’s development and integration within the university’s academic community.

Contributions Across Decades

Altheia Richardson M ’96 Ph.D. ‘21, previously responsible for Fraternity and Sorority Life at Clemson and a leader at the Gantt Multicultural Center, is now the vice president and chief diversity officer at Newberry College, continuing her career of fostering diversity and inclusion. Joy Smith ’75 M ‘77 and Cathy Campbell Turner M ‘76, both pivotal in student development and the expansion of Clemson’s sorority system, are acknowledged for their transformative roles in enhancing student life and Greek community participation. Curtis White ‘80, a dedicated advisor for Omega Psi Phi and a retired professor, is recognized for his longstanding commitment to fraternity life and his extensive military service, illustrating a lifetime of leadership and service.

These honorees have not only enriched the lives of countless students but have also laid a foundation for future generations to thrive in a supportive and vibrant community environment. Their lasting impact showcases the profound influence of committed individuals in shaping a dynamic university culture, emphasizing the importance of leadership, diversity, and community engagement in higher education.

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