CLEMSON, S.C. — The Clemson Alumni Association has elected Ron Taylor of Midland to its board of directors. His term began July 1.

Taylor, a 1965 chemical engineering graduate of Clemson, is a former director of Marketing and Sales for Dow Chemical.

At Clemson, Taylor was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society. He has served two terms on the Clemson University Foundation (CUF).

He spearheaded an initiative to raise funds from Dow Chemical employees and retirees to benefit students and faculty in the Clemson College of Engineering and Science. He created two endowments: the Dow Chemical Engineering Alumni Endowment, which has surpassed $250,000 in value, and the Dow Chemical Professorship Fund, which is approaching $100,000 in value.

In 2010, he made a gift of $100,000 to Clemson’s The Will to Lead capital campaign.

At the time he said: “I give out of appreciation for a life-changing education and to give others in need an opportunity to receive the benefits of education. In my mind, it’s not optional, it’s an obligation.”

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


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