Eugene T. Moore School of Education Ph.D. student Ryan Heil has been elected graduate student government president at Clemson University.

Eugene T. Moore School of Education Ph.D. student Ryan Heil has been elected graduate student government president at Clemson University.
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Eugene T. Moore School of Education Ph.D. student Ryan Heil has been elected graduate student government president at Clemson University.

Heil, who completed his master of education degree in clinical mental health counseling at Clemson, is now working towards a Ph.D. in educational leadership.

“Throughout my time at Clemson, I have been able to see how special this place really is,” he said. “I want graduate students to be able to have those same kind of special experiences.”

To begin his term, Heil hopes to engage graduate students on all of Clemson’s campuses, he said. “I hope that we can contribute to building a culture of graduate students, where everyone feels appreciated and valued,” he added.

Plans for his term will focus on creating a social media presence “where graduate students can be in the know at all times” and taking steps towards improving the graduate school’s overall presence on campus, he said.

“If in a year we leave this place better than we found it, then I’d say we will have been successful,” Heil said. “I am truly humbled to represent the graduate student body, and eagerly anticipate getting to work.”

— Mary Pat Kiser ’14