CLEMSON — Janice “Jan” Childress McCrary, long-time volunteer and friend of Clemson, has been named an honorary alumna of Clemson University.

Jan McCrary holds the Honorary Alumnus award with Clemson President James P. Clements (left); her husband, Bill McCrary; Mike Dowling, president of the Alumni Association board; and Wil Brasington, Alumni Association executive director.

Jan McCrary holds the Honorary Alumnus award with Clemson President James P. Clements (left); her husband, Bill McCrary; Mike Dowling, president of the Alumni Association board; and Wil Brasington, Alumni Association executive director.

McCrary, now living in Greenville, has a diverse background in health care businesses. She is an owner and director of HMR Veterans Services Inc., a national long-term care company focused on serving veterans. She is part of an investment group that recently acquired Interim Healthcare of the Upstate, a local South Carolina provider of home health, hospice and personal care. She serves on the MUSC Foundation board, the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center advisory board and the Cancer Society of Greenville County. She also chairs the Cancer Association of Pickens County board and is a member of Upstate Warrior Solutions.

McCrary has played an integral role in the advancement of Clemson University by serving on The Will to Lead capital campaign executive committee, the IPTAY board of directors, the Clemson University Board of Visitors, the President’s Advisory Board, the Clemson University Foundation board, the Thomas Green Clemson Society, the President’s Leadership Circle and as co-chair and founding partner of the James F. Barker and Marcia Barker Endowed Scholarship initiative.

In her letter of support, JoVanna King, Clemson University senior associate vice president for development, wrote about McCrary: “She is one of Clemson’s most devoted and dedicated supporters. Jan has given her time, talent and resources to help move Clemson forward… and has demonstrated exceptional commitment, service and unwavering loyalty to this great university for many years”.

McCrary is the widow of Clemson alumnus T. Edward “Ed” Childress, who attended Clemson prior to attending the Medical University of South Carolina to obtain his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy. She now is married to William “Bill” McCrary of Greenville.  She has a daughter, Brandi; son-in-law, Parker; and twin grandsons, Harrison and Jackson Ariail. Her extended family includes Mr. and Mrs. Trip McCrary and Anna and Ava Parker; along with Mr. and Mrs. Bradley McCrary, Gibson, Ellie and Webb.

The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to McCrary in Greenville by Clemson University President James P. Clements, alumni board President Mike Dowling, alumni Executive Director Wil Brasington, Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Brian O’Rourke and JoVanna King.

Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association.  Nominations for 2020 Honorary Alumni will open in October. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.