CLEMSON — The Clemson Alumni Association has elected Mary Kathryn Dempsey and Josh Bell of Charleston to its board of directors. Their terms began July 1.

Dempsey, a 2008 graduate of Clemson, is fundraising consultant for Blackbaud.

At Clemson, she was the student alumni council vice president, secretary of the Blue Key Honor Society and a member of the Mortar Board Order of Athena.

She is a past president of the Clemson Young Alumni Council and helped establish the inaugural Roaring 10 award in 2012.

“I am compelled to serve missions that I believe in, and the Clemson Alumni Association and its mission to enhance the lifelong Clemson experience by serving informing and engaging alumni, current and future students and friends of the university is a mission that has the greatest importance to me,” she said.

Bell, a 2008 graduate of Clemson, is executive director of Teach for America-South Carolina.

At Clemson, Bell was student body president, Sigma Nu fraternity president and treasurer, vice president of Blue Key Honor Society and president of Tiger Brotherhood.

He has been a member of the Clemson Alumni National Council (as student government representative), the Alumni Association Council and was a member of the committee to restructure the alumni board and council.

“I believe deeply in the potential of our alumni body to make Clemson stronger and better, especially as we enter a new chapter in the history of our university,” Bell said.

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

Joining Dempsey and Bell as new board members are Mark Derrick, Sandy Edge, Bud Hicklin and Ron Taylor. For more information, visit


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The Clemson Alumni Association, an open-membership, nonprofit organization since its inception in 1896, connects members of the 135,000-strong Clemson Family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service and strengthening relationships with Clemson University and with each other.