Johnson Link, who has served the Division of Student Affairs as associate vice president since 2015, is retiring effective at the end of June. Link most recently provided divisional oversight for business continuity of operations, enterprise risk management and served as the liaison to the Joint City University Advisory Board.
“Johnson has served Clemson University — and certainly our division — with the highest distinction,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chris Miller. “His contributions extend far beyond Student Affairs, and he has made an indelible impact on many different areas across the University. We wish him nothing but the best in retirement as he spends some well-deserved time with his wife, Gennie, and their grandchildren!”
Link held administrative oversight for several departments from 2015-19, including Emergency Management, Fire/EMS, Municipal Court, Parking and Transportation Services and the Clemson University Police Department (CUPD).
Previously, he served as chief of police for both the City of Clemson (1985-2002) and Clemson University (2007-15). He was a second-generation police chief for the University, following in his father’s footsteps. Eventually overseeing all public safety entities, Link was involved in the creation of Clemson’s Emergency Management department.
Under Link’s direction, CUPD was named Public Safety Agency of the Year among mid-sized (26-50 officers) law enforcement agencies. In 2017, he was recognized for his strong work in the town and gown relationship and received the Abernathy/Cox One Clemson Award from the Chamber of Commerce.