New Clemson University Foundation officers’ and members’ biographies
Charles L. Sullivan Jr. of Hartsville was elected chairman of the board. He is retired executive vice president of Sonoco Products, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Coker College, is a trustee and former board chairman of Coker College. Sullivan also participates as a member of the American Management Association, was a chairman of the Associate Member Council of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and served as president of the board for the YMCA of the Upper Pee Dee. As a former Clemson student, he joined the Clemson University Foundation Board in 2006. He and his wife, Betty, have two children.
E. Mitchell Norville of Greenville was elected vice chairman of the board. He is retired executive vice president and chief operating officer of Boston Properties. He graduated from Clemson in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and received his MBA from the University of Virginia in 1984. Norville has served on the Clemson University Foundation board since July 2009, most recently as chairman of the investment committee. He also sat on the Executive, Audit, Development and Human Resource committees. Norville chairs the College of Engineering and Science’s dean’s executive cabinet and works on Clemson’s Advancement Board for Real Estate Development. He and his wife, Carla, have three sons.
Celeste “Clete” D. Boykin is the senior manager for DuPont Government Marketing and Government Affairs, where she is responsible for legislative policy for a number of issues, including cybersecurity, trade secrets and transportation. She graduated from Clemson in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in plant sciences and received her Master of Arts in international relations from American University in Washington, D.C., in 1989. Boykin is currently involved with CentroNia, a nationally recognized multicultural learning community with a pioneering approach to bilingual education, the Baltimore Washington, D.C., Clemson Club and the Clemson Board of Visitors. Boykin is a native of Lancaster.
Michael C. Crapps is a founder of First Community Bank, has worked as its president and chief executive officer and has been a board director since its opening in 1995. He graduated from Clemson with a Bachelor of Science in economics in 1980, received his MBA from the University of South Carolina in 1984 and graduated from the LSU Graduate School of Banking of the South. Crapps is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council and is involved with the South Carolina Bankers Association, having served as its chairman and on its board of directors. Currently, Crapps is the chairman of the board of the Navigating from Good to Great Foundation, an initiative designed by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce to improve quality of life, spur economic development and improve the city’s overall brand. He also serves as the chairman of the Lexington County Capital Projects Commission, is an executive committee member of the Great Columbia Chamber of Commerce and sits on the board of the Central Carolina Community Foundation. A lifelong resident of Lexington County, Crapps and his wife, Kay, have five children, a granddaughter and a grandson.
James “Jim” Creel Jr. is the vice president of the Creel Corporation of Myrtle Beach and the vice president of human resources and investments for VacationMyrtleBeach.com. He graduated from Clemson with a Bachelor of Science in building science and management in 1986 and received his MBA from Arizona State University in 2010. Creel currently serves as a board member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the board of directors of the Clemson Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has also held a number of positions with the Clemson Board of Visitors, including chairman in 2012-2013. He and his wife, Holly, have two children.
Gerald M. Glenn is the retired chairman, president and CEO of Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. He graduated from Clemson with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering in 1964. Glenn currently serves as vice chairman of the board of trustees for The John Cooper School in The Woodlands, Texas; as a member of the board of directors of St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, as a member of the board of directors of the Montgomery County Women’s Center and as a member of the Leadership Circle for Clemson University. He formerly served on the Clemson President’s Advisory Board. Glenn and his wife, Candice, have three children.
Thomas “Larry” Sloan is the retired CEO of Electrical Power Products Inc. of Greer. He graduated from Clemson with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1974. Sloan is the founder and a current member of the board of directors of Clemson University Tiger Band Association. He sits on the Clemson University Alumni Association board of directors and the Business Development Committee and is a member of the board of directors of the Fort Hill Clemson Club. Sloan also serves as an elder and chairman of the nominating committee for Fort Hill Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Cindy, have two children and four grandchildren.
Joseph L. von Rosenberg III is the retired chairman and CEO of Houston-based Omega Protein Corp. During his 15-year tenure as CEO, von Rosenberg and his team developed the company into a leading, fully integrated producer of omega-3 fish oils and specialty protein products, becoming the world’s largest producer of fish oil. He graduated from Clemson with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1980 and received a law degree from Tulane University in 1983. He also is certified by the state of Texas as a Master Naturalist. Currently, he is the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 1920 in Boerne, Texas. Von Rosenberg and his wife, Sharon, have five children and one grandchild.