CLEMSON – South Carolina native Lori Anne Carr is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows on former Clemson Tigers.
Carr graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education in 1990 and with a Master of Education in administration and supervision in 1992. In 1999, Carr joined her husband, Chalmers, in launching Titan Farms, the largest peach grower on the East Coast with more than 6,200 acres of peaches in production.
Throughout her career, Carr has remained connected to her “other home,” Clemson University. She has volunteered on the Clemson University Board of Visitors and the Clemson University Foundation Board, serving as a member of the Development, Finance, Nominations and Policy & Constitution committees.
Carr is the vice president and administrative manager of Titan Farms and the owner and president of Palmetto Processing Solutions. She dedicates her time to speaking to classes at Clemson and hosting farm tours for students, faculty, staff and administrators. Her passion for agriculture lead her to chair the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences’ Will to Lead campaign board, to develop the Chalmers Carr III ’90 and Lori Anne Carr ‘90 Creative Inquiry Endowment and to serve as a voice for Clemson at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia. The Carr Family Lounge in the WestZone at Memorial Stadium is named in the Carr family’s honor.
In his letter of support, George Askew, vice president for Public Service and Agriculture, states, “Lori Anne’s dedication and service to Clemson University is evident not only by her financial support but by her active involvement. Whether she is speaking to a class, hosting a group from campus on their farm, serving on a board or speaking to the state legislature on Clemson’s behalf, [she] always represents her alma mater in the most positive and professional manner.”
Carr has served her local community as well serving as chair of the board of directors of the Old 96 Tourism Commission, as a board member of the Palmetto Agribusiness Council, Midlands Area BB&T Advisory Board, and the Migrant and Seasonal Farmer Worker Commission and through sponsorship of Edgefield County’s annual Relay for Life. She is a member of the South Carolina Advocates for Agriculture and previously served on the Farm to Institution Advisory Council.
A Top Producer of the Year award-winner and Florida Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmer and Rancher award-winner, Carr also received the first Bayer CropScience Produce Innovation Award – presented to a leader in the produce industry whose thinking, practices and use of technology enhance the role of produce in creating better lives. Her dedication to advancing agriculture through research and innovation has led Carr to not only impact the field of agriculture, but has offered numerous opportunities to Clemson and its students to impact the world.
The prestigious Clemson Alumni Distinguished Service Award is based on three main criteria: personal and professional accomplishments; dedication and service to Clemson University; and devotion to community and public service. Members of the Clemson family nominate potential winners, who are then selected by the Clemson Alumni Association as outstanding alumni, public servants and examples to others.
The Carrs live in Ridge Spring, South Carolina and have two children, Chalmers IV and Carly Anne.
The Clemson Alumni Association, an open-membership, nonprofit organization since its inception in 1896, connects members of the more than 156,000-strong Clemson Family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service and strengthening relationships with Clemson University and with each other. For more information, visit Clemson.edu/alumni.
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