College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences names 2022 alumni award winners


Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS) honored three alumni last month for their outstanding service to the college, University and agribusiness industry.

The 2022 awards recipients were highlighted by one Young Alumni Award winner and two Professional Achievement Award winners.

During the ceremony, Keith Belli, Dean of CAFLS, praised the accomplishments of CAFLS alumni and the promise of current students.

“I am thrilled to honor our former students who have gone out into the world and succeeded, making an impact on our state and nation.  As much as I am proud of our current students, I am even more proud of our graduates who have helped improved the lives of South Carolina citizens,” Belli said.

Five men standing in a row holding plaques with balloons above them.
(Left-to-Right) Keith Belli, Dean of CAFLS; Jamie Dozier; Chris Singleton; Zach Snipes; Ben Skelley, CAFLS Alumni Board President.

The winners include:

Zachary Snipes, 2022 Young Alumni Award Winner

Zach Snipes, 2013 CAFLS graduate, was awarded the 2022 Young Alumni Award for his impacts in business, leadership, community and educational endeavors.

Snipes works for Clemson University Cooperative Extension as the Area Horticulture agent for Charleston and as Assistant Horticulture Team leader.

In his role, Snipes has established himself as an expert in commercial fruit and vegetable production and is well respected by the produce growers in the low country, as well as by his peers. He is a collaborator on several grant funded projects and leads various on-farm research trials each year. He is also a member of several boards and committees serving Clemson and the South Carolina public.

Snipes was noted for his “passion for commercial horticulture and his drive to provide training and resources to ensure that his co-workers and clients are successful.”

During COVID-modified operations, Snipes was a driving force in moving traditionally in-person producer meetings into a virtual format.

Chris Singleton, 2022 CAFLS Professional Achievement Award

Singleton graduated from Clemson in 2001 with his Master of Forest Resources, and currently serves as a manager with American Forest Management, Inc. He is also a member of the Appraisal Institute with an M.A.I. designation, giving him the highest appraisal level certification for professionals.  Singleton has been an adjunct instructor with the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation since 2016.

Singleton is known for his willingness to assist with an array of CAFLS projects. He has published numerous forestry industry articles and taken the lead in training foresters on the latest valuation modeling software. He also volunteers with state and regional divisions of the Society of American Fosters and consistently serves on local arrangements and program committees.

He is considered “a true volunteer, dedicated to his professional society, and one with a consistent record for service.”

Jamie Dozier, 2022 CAFLS Professional Achievement Award

Dozier graduated from Clemson in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and in 1997 a master’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology.

Dozier is project leader of the 24,000-acre Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center in Winyah Bay, just north of Georgetown. The Yawkey Center is supported by a unique partnership between the Yawkey Foundation out of Boston, Massachusetts, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

In working with the Tom and Jean Yawkey Foundations, Dozier has helped secure funding to support a full-time research coordinator at Clemson’s Baruch Institute for Coastal Ecology and Forest Sciences, as well as operating funds for the position to date of $750,000. He has also provided internship funding for CAFLS undergraduate students and for research to support Clemson’s graduate students and faculty. Dozier was praised for his efforts to expand the Center’s reach despite the impact of several hurricanes since 2016.

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