New leadership named for Clemson University’s innovation campus in North Charleston
NORTH CHARLESTON – Two leaders are bringing a wealth of experience in higher education and energy research to their new roles at Clemson University’s innovation campus on the banks of the Cooper River near Charleston.
Randy Collins is new interim associate vice president for the Lowcountry. He will be responsible for oversight of the Clemson University Restoration Institute innovation campus and serve as the provost’s representative for Clemson University in the Lowcountry.
Johan Enslin, the new executive director of the energy systems program, is responsible for building the campus’s educational and research programs in power and energy.
The appointments come as Clemson expands its presence at the North Charleston campus to meet a growing demand for graduate degrees in engineering and computing, driven largely by the region’s aerospace, automotive and technology industries. The campus is designed to encourage public-private crossover in education and research.
Classes began in the fall at the campus’s anchor, the state-of-the-art Zucker Family Graduate Education Center. World-class facilities on the campus also include the Warren Lasch Conservation Center, the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center and the Duke Energy eGRID.
Robert H. Jones, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, said the leadership positions will be in place for the immediate future. He said the university is beginning to develop a long-term plan aimed at aligning its statewide network of innovation campuses with the ClemsonForward strategic plan.
“With Drs. Collins and Enslin, Clemson has strong leadership in place in the Lowcountry,” he said. “We stand well positioned to meet the region’s growing need for graduate-degree programs in engineering and to conduct the research crucial to the nation’s energy future.
“The productivity and impact of the faculty and staff at the Clemson University Restoration Institute are outstanding. Given the quality of people and resources we have to invest, I am optimistic that even more success lies ahead of us.”
Collins has held several leadership positions since arriving at Clemson in 1989. Even before accepting his new position, Collins was working closely with Clemson’s Lowcountry team as executive director of academic initiatives in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.
He was involved in developing the energy research infrastructure and academic programs at the Clemson University Restoration Institute. Collins, a power engineering expert, was the lead faculty investigator on the Duke Energy eGRID, an electric grid simulator that is based on the campus.
Collins is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and has also been the college’s associate dean of undergraduate and international studies.
“It’s an honor to serve Clemson University in this new capacity,” Collins said of his new position. “I’d like to thank Provost Jones for the opportunity. We have a terrific team and outstanding facilities in place at the Clemson University Restoration Institute. I look forward to continuing to work with the faculty, students, staff, industry and the community to continuously improve on Clemson’s educational and research offerings in the Lowcountry.”
Enslin began at Clemson in October. He was previously at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he served as the director for the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center, or EPIC.
“We continue to see large demand for educational and research programs in the power and energy sector,” said Enslin, who is also Clemson’s Duke Energy Endowed Chair in Smart Grid Technology. “With our unique facilities, Clemson has a terrific opportunity to fill the need.”
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch continues to serve as director of corporate development at the campus. Stephanie Crette remains director of the Warren Lasch Conservation Center.
Curtiss Fox is serving as the director of the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center and facilities manager for the Wind Turbine Drive Train Test Facility and the Duke Energy eGRID.
Anand Gramopadhye, dean of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, said he looks forward to working with the entire Lowcountry team as Collins and Enslin take on their new roles.
“Clemson is perfectly positioned to fulfill the Charleston area’s growing educational needs, while fostering new growth through research and innovation,” he said. “We have top talent and world-class facilities in position and have begun to create a better future for the region, state and nation.”