CLEMSON – Clemson University has named Charles K. Watt interim dean of the College of Business and Behavioral Science. Watt fills the position held by Claude Lilly, who stepped down in July to become president of Presbyterian College.

A professor in Clemson’s School of Materials Science and Engineering, Watt also is the founding director of Clemson’s new central campus Innovation Center where interactive learning facilities will use 21st-century technology to enhance collaboration across university disciplines.

“Dr. Watt is a successful business executive as well as academic researcher with outstanding leadership skills that will help guide us as we continue to move the College of Business and Behavioral Science forward,” said Provost Doris Helms.

Watt has served as a faculty member and research director at Georgia Tech and as senior executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Navy. Earlier in his career, he worked for Bell System and with Bendix Corporation. He has been instrumental in founding and operating three advanced technology companies, including Electronic Systems Support and Scientific Research Corporation, a global high-tech electronics product and services company in Atlanta. 

Watt earned his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Clemson in 1959. He has also earned degrees from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and George Washington University. He has served on Clemson’s Research Foundation Board and President's Advisory Council and as chairman of Utah State University’s Research Foundation Board of Trustees, Emory University’s Graduate School Advisory Council and George Washington University’s SEAS National Advisory Council.

A member of numerous professional associations, he has served as president and chairman of the board of directors for the International Test and Evaluation Association, chairman of a Department of Defense national committee on technology transfer, a member of the oversight board of the National Textile Center and a member of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Club.

Watt is a senior member of IEEE, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi, and he frequently lectures at universities, professional societies and chamber of commerce meetings on technology trends and their impact on society. He has received the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Distinguished Service Award, a Commendation for Special Service to the U.S. Congress on Telecommunications, a George Washington University Alumni Achievement Award, the International Test and Evaluation Association(ITEA) Allen R. Matthews Award. He has been honored as a Clemson Alumni Fellow, has received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into the Thomas Green Clemson University Academy of Engineers and Scientists.

Watt will serve as interim dean until a national search to fill the position has been completed.



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