Photo of Mason Foley and other finalists for 2019 Student Body President of the Year

Foley was a finalist for the 2019 Student Body President of the Year, awarded to Iowa’s Hira Mustafa at the Campus Legacy Awards on June 10 in Washington, D.C.
Image Credit: National Campus Leadership Council

CLEMSON — Outgoing Clemson University Undergraduate Student Body President Mason Foley was a finalist for a major annual award presented by the National Campus Leadership Council (NCLC) last week in Washington, D.C. Foley attended the annual Campus Legacy Awards and placed in the top three for Student Body President of the Year alongside Hira Mustafa (winner) from the University of Iowa and Shamina Merchant from Ohio State University.

“I was able to engage with campus leaders from many other universities and show them how great Clemson is,” Foley said. “While we didn’t bring home the award, I am extremely honored to finish among the top three alongside these other exceptional student leaders.”

Foley, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, earned a bachelor’s degree in management in May. He served as Clemson Undergraduate Student Government (CUSG) president for the 2018-19 term before turning the reins over to his former vice president, Logan Young, in April. Under his watch, a number of initiatives were launched, including a professional clothes closet for students in collaboration with the Center for Career and Professional Development, as well as a leadership engagement scholarship program for students.

Foley ran for office in the spring of 2018 on the premise of focusing on three primary reasons students choose Clemson in the first place: academics, community and school spirit. To that end, he is proud of the relationships he forged while in his office and the growth of connections CUSG made with Clemson’s administration.

“It’s hard to put into words what Clemson means to me,” Foley said. “It’s been a very, very special place and now that I’ve left Clemson will always be a part of me.”