CLEMSON, South Carolina – Business leader Cheri Marie Phyfer has been named to the Clemson University board of trustees, effective Dec. 5.

Cheri Marie Phyfer

Cheri Marie Phyfer

Phyfer is president and general manager of the Diversified Brands Division of Sherwin-Williams, a company she joined in 1993 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in management from Clemson. She also earned a master’s of business administration degree from Clemson in 1999.

In 2008 she was named one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas” by the Texas Diversity Council, and in 2009, the Dallas Business Journal named her to its list of the city’s “Top 40 under Forty” business people.

In 2006, she received the Henry Sherwin Award for posting the highest profit results for a two-year period in the company among vice presidents. In 2014, she was awarded the Chairman’s Award for the same results as above, among presidents in the organization.

“I’m honored and humbled to be selected to serve my alma mater as a trustee. Clemson is an outstanding, highly respected university, and that is due in large measure to the leadership and dedication of the board,” Phyfer said. “I look forward to working with the trustees, President Clements, the administration, faculty, staff and students to help make a great university even stronger.”

Phyfer is a member of the Clemson University Foundation executive board and leads the Trevillian board for the College of Business. She is also a member of the National Association of Women in Construction, In Council with Women and a founding member of Professional Women in Painting.

She lives in Ohio with her husband, Ben, and their two children Allison (8) and Danielle (6).

“Cheri brings to the board strong business and leadership skills, a commitment to excellence and true passion for Clemson University,” said Smyth McKissick, chairman of the board. “She will be a tireless advocate for the university and all of its constituents.”

Phyfer succeeds Leon J. “Bill” Hendrix of Kiawah Island, who is retiring from the board after serving since 1995, including three terms as chairman.

Leon J. "Bill" Hendrix

Leon J. “Bill” Hendrix

Hendrix graduated with honors from Clemson in 1963, serving as student body president his senior year, and earned a master’s degree from Clemson in 1968. He had a 20-year career with Reliance Electric Co., where he held a series of executive-level positions, and later was a partner with Clayton, Dubilier and Rice Inc., a private investment firm. From 1997 to 2007, he worked for Remington Arms Co., serving as chief executive officer and as chairman before retiring.

Prior to joining the board, Hendrix served on the university’s Alumni National Council, was an IPTAY representative, and was a member of the Board of Visitors and the Clemson University Foundation board of directors.

Clemson recognized Hendrix in 1995 with the Alumni Distinguished Service Award and in 2008 awarded him its highest public honor, the Clemson Medallion.

Hendrix and his family have donated generously to the university over the years, helping build the Hendrix Student Center named in their honor and supporting the Class of 1963 Bridge to Clemson Endowment, the Emerging Scholars program and athletics facilities by making the first donation to the Athletics Cornerstone Program.

“It’s difficult to put into words how much Bill Hendrix has meant to the board and to Clemson,” McKissick said. “It’s no coincidence that his 21 years of service on the board have been marked by such tremendous progress. He has been an integral part of Clemson’s success and its emergence as one of the nation’s top public universities. All of us who love Clemson owe Bill Hendrix a tremendous debt of gratitude.”

Phyfer was selected to fill the seat vacated by Hendrix, according to terms established in the will of Thomas Green Clemson.

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