Suzanne Pickens ’11 (right) with mother, Jane Prince Pickens.

Suzanne Pickens ’11 (right) with her mother, Jane Prince Pickens.
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As a student, young alum Suzanne Pickens was an active part of campus. Now as an alumna, she wants to give that same opportunity to students for generations to come.

To do so, Pickens has established an endowment within Student Affairs.

After receiving a family gift, Suzanne had the opportunity to donate to an organization of her choice. While many might have used use the contribution for their personal use, Pickens chose Clemson University as the beneficiary.

“I hope that these funds will help students have opportunities that they may not have thought were possible … I also hope that in turn, these students will continue to work hard to make Clemson a better place than they found it, because that was my goal.”

Suzanne and her mother are very passionate about the University, which is why their decision to make a significant private gift to Clemson was one that was easy. Their hope is that the Pickens Family Endowment will inspire current students to reach their true Tiger potential.

In addition to the gift, Suzanne has committed to enhancing it over the next five years through the Clemson Family Endowment Program. A Clemson Family Endowment is an example to students that success is in their reach thanks to another member of the Clemson Family. Because endowment funds are continually invested and only a percentage of the earnings spent, the seed investment grows over the years, creating a perpetual gift that continues to sustain the University and students who benefit from the funds. Because the endowment provides unrestricted support, it allows the president and administrators to direct the resources to Clemson’s highest priority within that program area.

Currently, Suzanne puts her communication studies and business administration degree to good use at Chick-Fil-A corporate in Atlanta. She attributes her professional success to her Clemson professors and real-life experiences gained through her leadership roles in campus organizations and sorority life, particularly College Panhellenic Council.

During her student days, Suzanne was an active member on Panhellenic Council, Tiger Brotherhood, Student Alumni Council, Order of Omega and Blue Key Honor Society, where she learned the true value of being a part of the Clemson Family. Today, she is thankful that Clemson encourages students to get involved on campus to become more well-rounded individuals.

Her compassion for future students at such a young age shows what it truly means to be a part of the Clemson Family.


By Caitlin Cox, Marketing 2015 | Clemson Alumni Association