Erin Mayor (’14) thought she was conducting a standard university profile interview when she felt a tap on her right shoulder.
“At first I thought to myself, ‘I’m in an interview, you’re interrupting me,’” said Mayor, Clemson’s associate director of Student Transitions and Family Programs, a department with the Division of Student Affairs.
“But when I turned and saw him down on one knee, I didn’t have words.”
When she finally found the time for a word, only one was needed. She said ‘Yes’ to the famous question after her boyfriend, Clemson graduate Tanner Fogle (’16), had asked for her hand in marriage in a well-orchestrated plan executed by colleague Rebecca Atkinson.
Atkinson left the interview to escort family members and friends from inside Brackett Hall behind the setup in front of Tillman Hall, and Fogle arrived a minute later. The scene was captured perfectly by members of the University Relations team.
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“Are you kidding me?” an emotional Mayor was heard saying when Fogle went down to a knee.
Fogle was, most assuredly, not kidding. After purchasing the engagement ring in December, he had worked to perfect the plan since February. Currently a research associate in the Sonoco Transport Package Testing Laboratory in Newman Hall, Fogle admitted to some serious nerves before popping the question.
“Honestly, I was tired of sneaking behind her back,” he laughed.
The two met in August 2015 when Mayor was working toward a Master of Education degree in student affairs. She first began work with Student Transitions and Family Programs in 2012, working her way from orientation ambassador to an eventual full-time position under Jeff Brown, associate dean of students and office director.
Mayor’s most proud professional accomplishment is being a two-time Clemson alumnus.
“I’m most proud of having two degrees, and of working here in an office that has shaped me to work within the Division of Student Affairs,” she said. “We’re consistently pushing people to look at Clemson in different ways — our students, families and parents. We cover a lot of different areas.”
A native of Tampa, Florida, she is looking forward to her life ahead with Fogle and making more Clemson memories like the one she experienced Jan. 9 in her hometown, when the Tigers won the school’s second National Championship in football.
Clemson obviously has meant a great deal to both Mayor and Fogle. They have two dogs, Brooks and Calhoun, names familiar to anyone on campus. Both even made appearances at Friday’s proposal.
“When we began talking about getting engaged, I gave him a list of who needed to be there,” Mayor said. “It was both of our families, a couple of my friends, members of my office, and my dog. And he did it!
“Clemson means a lot to all of us, obviously.”