CLEMSON — Cheryl R. Holland of Columbia and Betty Sheppard Poe of Greenville have been named honorary alumnae by the Clemson University Alumni Association.

Holland is president of Abacus Planning Group Inc., a fee-only financial planning and investment counsel firm managing more than $500 million in assets. She is vice chairwoman of Clemson's College of Business and Behavioral Science Senior Advisory Board.

She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and received her Certified Financial Planner degree in 1990. She has been named to top financial adviser lists in Worth, Medical Economics and Wealth Manager Magazine and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal. She is a columnist for the University of South Carolina’s Business and Economic Review and is on the advisory board of Doctor’s Digest.

Holland is a member of the Bryn Mawr College board of trustees, serving as chairwoman of the investment committee for the endowment. She is the public relations chairwoman for the CFA Society of South Carolina and is an elder at Shandon Presbyterian Church.

Holland and her husband, Doug Quackenbush, a 1982 Clemson alumnus, gave Clemson $100,000 to support The Will to Lead: A Campaign for Clemson. Half the gift was used to develop the Abacus Planning Group Endowed Scholarship in Financial Planning in the College of Business and Behavioral Science and the other half went to the renovation and expansion of Lee Hall, home to academic programs in the design and building arts.

Poe, a retired executive with Canal Insurance Co. in Greenville, is the widow of Clemson alumnus William M. “Billy” Poe, Class of 1946, who died in 2005. After his passing, Betty remained an active donor and volunteer for Clemson.

Poe is a member of the Clemson University Foundation board of directors and recently was co-chairwoman of the leadership phase of The Will to Lead campaign. She is a member of the Thomas Green Clemson Society and the Clemson Legacy Society.

She and Billy named Memorial Stadium’s Poe Plaza — the entrance to Frank Howard Field and the home of Howard’s Rock — and she named Gate 1 of Memorial Stadium, the student entrance gate, in memory of her husband.

Poe is an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Greenville. She has been a leader on the local, state, regional and national levels for Republican Women.

“We are thrilled to be able to name these outstanding women as honorary alumnae. Not only do they demonstrate an unwavering commitment to our university priorities, they also serve as exemplary Clemson ambassadors to those around them. It is with gratitude that the Alumni Association presents them with this well-deserved recognition,” said Wil Brasington, senior director of alumni relations.

Any Clemson alumnus can nominate someone to be an honorary alumnus. Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Council for their outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Alumni Association. To see past honorary alumni or to view the award guidelines, visit


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