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CU Grow 2023 cohort announced


Staff development program CU Grow has announced the 27 members making up its 2023 cohort.

CU Grow is a rigorous one-year program that aims to raise the levels of leadership, engagement and professional growth in its participants. The program is unique in that its mission includes impacting the University in tangible, positive ways through developing original individual projects. As usual, the cohort represents a diverse collection of University professionals hailing from different divisions, colleges and offices:

  • Alisha Johnson – Domestic Graduate Admissions Coordinator, Graduate Admissions
  • Alyson Friend  – Director of Engagement, Clemson Alumni Association Advancement (Alumni Relations)
  • Andrea Sloan Thornal – Financial Analyst/Accountant/Fiscal Analyst III, College of Science Dean’s Office
  • Anne Marie Rogers – Associate Director of Learning Technology, Clemson Online
  • Candice Heatherly – Director of Administrative Services, Youth Learning Institute
  • Chris Cox – Associate Director, Sport Programs , Campus Recreation
  • Chris Miller – Strategic Operations Manager, University Facilities
  • Christian Barrientos – Assistant Director of Emerging Scholars, Office of College Preparation and Outreach
  • Dionne Holt – Assistant Director for Personnel Administration, Auxiliary Enterprises
  • Donovan Colby Lanham – Communications Strategist, Marketing and Communications
  • Erin Earl – Staff & Faculty Relations Manager, Human Resources
  • Jamie Martin – Assistant Director (Auxiliary), Student Accessibility Services
  • Karen Claflin – Program Coordinator I, Pesticide Regulation
  • Kat Owens – Executive Programs Manager, President’s Office
  • Lillian Burns – Administrative Assistant, School of Architecture
  • Lindsey Hill – Director, International Services
  • Sethukkarasi Nagappan – Information System Business Analyst II, Medicaid Information Technology Services (MITS – CCIT (Clemson Computing and Information Technology)
  • Shelly Geer – Assistant Director of Internal Operations, Athletic Academic Services
  • Stephanie O’ Shields – Administrative Coordinator I, CUPD
  • Thomas W. Messervy Jr. – Motion Director, Marketing and Communications
  • Thomas West – Ag/Animal Associate I, Piedmont REC (Simpson Beef Cattle Farm)
  • Valerie Oonk – Academic Advisor, College of Education: Academic Advising
  • Dana Freudenberger – Senior Web Developer, 2805 – Application Services
  • Yi Liu – System Architect, CCIT, MITS

The cohort’s first meeting will be at a launch event on January 11. They will meet each other and program director Jaz Hamilton-Allen, who will give them an in-depth summary of the program’s structure and the kinds of assignments, discussions, and sessions that they will be participating in over the next year.