Rob and Patricia Randall are two individuals who bleed solid orange. The couple met while pursuing their undergraduate degrees at Charleston Southern University where they graduated in 2001. It wasn’t long after a visit to Clemson’s campus during their junior year that the couple decided that Clemson was the place they would like to further their education. Much to their satisfaction, Rob and Patricia Randall achieved their Master of Science degrees in 2002 followed by their Ph.D.s from Clemson in 2006.
Although the Randalls are no longer frequenting the Cooper Library or the classrooms of Freeman Hall, you will still find the Greenville, South Carolina, natives returning home to Tigertown for football and baseball games. They also enjoy remaining involved with the Clemson community and active in their local Clemson Club.
“I’m on the Women’s Alumni Council as a local representative for Greenville and try to get women involved in Clemson again,” said Patricia. “We always look for ways to get involved and give back to the University. Rob is also on the Solid Orange Foundation Board to help the athletic department understand what fans want to see at games.”
Throughout their graduate work, the Randalls were deeply impacted by the Clemson Family. The couple continues to be impacted by the University, which has led them to establish a significant planned gift. This method of giving involves deferred gifts that come to the University at a later date, often through gifts of life insurance, trusts, retirement assets and bequests. Just as Anna Calhoun and Thomas Green Clemson had a plan to create a “high seminary of learning,” the Randalls have a plan to continue to improve the University.
“We give back because we know we’re so fortunate to have attended Clemson and become members of the Clemson Family. We’re so thankful for Thomas Green Clemson and for everyone who has made Clemson awesome,” said Patricia.
“We give to the Clemson Forever Fund as well as to IPTAY, but the planned gift is an extension of our normal gifts, and we felt that what we accumulate during our lifetime is possibly best spent by Clemson to help future generations enjoy the Clemson experience, learn and continue to improve South Carolina for their future generations,” said Rob Randall.“I don’t think there’s a better place to invest in than Clemson. I think it’s the best use of our money. The students, faculty and staff are great, and every student I meet is mind-blowingly amazing, smart and creative. The University gives back so much to the state. Even if you don’t have a connection to Clemson, you benefit from it,” said Patricia.
Donors like the Randalls are what keep this beloved University thriving, and it’s easy to see this when you take a look around campus. Every improvement is evidence of both the support and dedication of our generous donors and the visions they have for this great institution.