Three new directors join 2023 CUF board


The Clemson University Foundation (CUF) welcomes three new directors to its board: Allissa East, Retired General Carlos Hill and Billy Milam, who will represent IPTAY through his role as the new IPTAY president. All three are voting directors, and East and Hill will begin four-year terms on July 1, 2023. Tony Mathis will continue his second year as foundation chair and Cheryl Holland her second year as vice chair.

Each new elected director was chosen by unanimous vote of the board after being nominated by alumni and friends and reviewed by the board’s nominations committee, which manages the recommendations, selection and orientation of new directors.

Meet the new CUF directors:

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Allissa East ’93 is a principal partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Cloud & Digital Practice, specializing in contracts management implementations. PwC is the second-largest professional services network in the world and is considered one of the Big Four accounting firms.

In the 30 years since matriculating, Ms. East held positions in sales and media marketing before transitioning into the technical field and consulting. Currently, she serves as the co-leader of the CLM Tech practice and is involved in delivering large enterprise transformational projects that help companies better streamline their sell side activities, reduce their buy side risks and costs, and improve the information extraction that can be leveraged from contracts to make stronger business and financial decisions.

Ms. East brings over 20 years of experience in technology, risk, and innovation experience to the Foundation and has remained ever loyal to Clemson through efforts with Dean York and the Wilbur O and Ann Powers College of Business to help graduates become our next generation of leaders.

Ms. East graduated from Clemson in 1993, majoring in English. She resides in Mid-Town Manhattan with her husband, Chip, also a ’93 Clemson alumni.

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Retired Brig. Gen. Carlos Hill ’86, civil engineering, enjoyed a 32-year military career, culminating with his service as mobilization assistant to the director of legislative liaison in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. He was the liaison between the Air Force and Congress for all programs, air and space weapons systems and legislative inquiries. He was responsible for ensuring the full authorization of the Air Force’s $145 billion annual budget.

Gen. Hill served on the Clemson Alumni Association’s board of directors from 2014 to 2019, where he chaired the diversity and inclusion committee and was the CAA’s representative on the Clemson University Board of Visitors for 2017-2018. He is president of the Northern Virginia Clemson Club, which is a part of the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Clemson Club.

In 2015, he established the Farris Carlos Hill Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Endowment to support retention of underrepresented Clemson students. In 2022, he established the first endowment to support Clemson’s nationally acclaimed Call Me MISTER® program. His gift created the Call Me MISTER Endowed Scholarship Fund.

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Billy Milam is chief executive officer of EmployBridge, America’s largest industrial staffing firm. EmployBridge puts more than 450,000 temporary associates to work annually across a network of 446 offices in 48 states. As workforce specialists, EmployBridge provides value-added workforce solutions and job opportunities through its focused specialty divisions including manufacturing, logistics, light industrial and clerical, contact centers and admin/office.

In 2021, EmployBridge provided more than 157 million work hours to 13,000 customers, generating more than $3.8 billion in revenue. EmployBridge is also helping close the skills gap in America’s supply chain by providing free, career-focused skills development courses to its temporary associates as well as personal training courses through the firm’s Better WorkLife Academy and Life Skills Studio.

Milam holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Clemson University and an MBA in finance from the University of South Carolina. He is currently serving as president of the IPTAY board.

The mission of the Clemson University Foundation is to support Clemson University by promoting growth and stewardship of resources entrusted to it, which fulfill its covenants with donors. It stewards Clemson’s endowment, which surpassed $1 billion in value in October 2021.

Clemson University Foundation

The Clemson University Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity organized to promote the welfare and future development of Clemson University. It was chartered in 1933 to support the University’s educational and scientific goals. It is the responsibility of the board of directors to manage and disburse assets prudently within a policy that encourages the enhancement of the resources of the foundation.

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