Clemson University Board of Trustees announces changes to executive staff responsibilities


CLEMSON, South Carolina — The Clemson University Board of Trustees today announced changes to its executive staff.

In addition to her duties as Vice President of External Affairs, Angie Leidinger will become Senior Advisor to the Board for Strategic Initiatives. Chip Hood, General Counsel, will add the Executive Secretary to the Board of Trustees position to his responsibilities.

The move reflects the increased emphasis being placed by the university on corporate engagement and other strategic projects, which are a significant and growing part of Leidinger’s portfolio as a university vice president and member of Clemson’s Executive Leadership Team.  With this change, Leidinger will be able to devote additional effort to further enhance the University’s interactions with external stakeholders including the private sector.

“Angie has done an outstanding job with the board over the past eleven years, and we look forward to her continued service as a senior advisor,” said Board Chairman Smyth McKissick.  “She continues to be a fantastic leader as Clemson’s Vice President for External Affairs.  Her vision, planning, team building and execution has been remarkable and we are excited about the future of this critically important Division under her leadership.”

Leidinger, a Clemson graduate who joined the university in 2002 as executive director of governmental affairs became vice president for external affairs in 2016. In this role, she is responsible for directing Clemson’s government relations activity at both the state and federal levels and developing strategic partnerships to strengthen the university’s economic and industry engagement.

Hood, a 1985 Clemson graduate, became General Counsel in 2012.

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