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Clemson Board of Trustees Requests Appointment of Clary, Simmons as Judges in University’s Court


Gary Clary, ’70, and Lindsey Satterfield Simmons, ’99, have been recommended for commissioning as Chief Judge and Director of the University Court and Associate Judge of the University Court. The Clemson Board of Trustees approved the appointments Thursday and will convey the request to the Governor’s Office for commissioning.

Clary and Simmons will serve as judges within the University’s jurisdiction and continue the tradition of excellence set by Judge Deborah Culler, who is transitioning into planned retirement after more than 30 years of service to the University.

“Pending commissioning by the Governor I would like to welcome our new judges,” Chairman Smyth McKissick said. “They certainly have tremendous experience and I trust they will serve Clemson University well in these very important roles.”

Clary, a former State Representative and retired Circuit Court Judge, graduated from Clemson in 1970 with a bachelor of arts in history. He served as Circuit Court Judge from 1992-2002 before entering the private sector for four years. He has been a mediator, arbitrator, special referee and special master since 2005, and served three terms in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Simmons, a 1999 Clemson graduate with a bachelor of arts in political science, has served in the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s office since 2005, first as an assistant solicitor and for the past four years as deputy solicitor.

“I would also like to thank our retiring Judge, Deb Culler for her tireless work on behalf of the University,” McKissick said. “You have the thanks of this Board, and we wish you well in your retirement.”

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