CLEMSON — Danny E. Gregg of Clemson has been chosen president-elect of the Clemson Alumni Association for a two-year term. The alumni association’s board of directors also elected six new members.

A 1971 graduate of Clemson in industrial education, Gregg is a financial adviser and vice president with Merrill Lynch in Clemson. Prior to that he worked 13 years in management and leadership positions at AT&T and consulted nationally on leadership and change management.

A native of Columbia, Gregg has been an active member of Rotary in Columbia, Charleston and Clemson. Active in Habitat for Humanity, Gregg is a member of Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, where he has served as an elder, president of Men of the Church, stewardship chairman, a trustee and member of the Endowment Committee. He was active in the Columbia and Charleston Clemson clubs before moving to Clemson and now is a member and past president of the Fort Hill Clemson Club. He has served the Alumni Association as chairman of several committees.

The alumni association’s board of directors elected five new members to serve three-year terms and one new member (Simmons) to serve a one-year term:

  • Heather Mitsopoulos, Class of 2003, a vice president and investigative services manager with Bank of America in Charlotte, was elected to a three-year term. She is a member of the Women’s Alumni Council and the Student Affairs The Will to Lead campaign committee, president of the Charlotte Clemson Club and a former member of the Student Affairs Advisory Board.
  • Mary Ann Prater, Class of 1978 and 1983, who runs a small business, payroll and bookkeeping consulting firm and is a senior lecturer in Clemson’s School of Accountancy and Legal Studies, was named to a three-year term. Past chairwoman of the Clemson Alumni Association Women’s Advisory Council, she was named Alumni Association Volunteer of the Year, has served on the Honors and Awards selection committee and was recipient of both the 2011 Clemson Alumni Master Teacher Award and the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants 2011 Educator of the Year Award.
  • Michael Coakley, Class of 1991, the owner of C.J. Coakley Co., an interior construction firm in Falls Church, Va., was elected for three years. He has been an active member of the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Clemson club and is a regional chairman of The Will to Lead campaign.
  • Joseph “Joe” H. Hood Jr., Class of 1997, a managing consultant with IBM in Atlanta, was elected to a three-year term. He is serving as the national president of the Clemson Black Alumni Council and also sits on the Humanities Advancement Board for the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. He has served as president of the Atlanta Clemson Black Alumni Council and vice president of the Atlanta Clemson Club.
  • Mac Renfro, Class of 1987, a founding partner of Initiator, a new product and innovation consultancy based in Cincinnati, was named to a three-year term. He has served on the Student Alumni Council and he started a Clemson Club in Cincinnati in 1991-92 before moving to Winston-Salem. Now back in Cincinnati, he is an active member of the Cincinnati Clemson Club and has represented the university at college fairs in the city.
  • Heather Simmons Jones, Class of 1997, the founder and president of Opus 3, a firm specializing in economic development, human resources and labor relations based in Columbia, was elected to a one-year term. She was a charter member and officer for both the Coosawhatchie and Anderson Area Clemson clubs and is a board member of the Columbia Clemson Club. She will complete her master’s degree in human resources development at Clemson in August.

The alumni board has 23 members and is the governing body for the Clemson Alumni Association. Primary responsibilities of the board include general oversight of the programs and initiatives of the Clemson Alumni Association, financial audit and review, creation of governing policies and strategic planning.


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