CLEMSON — Six new members will join the Clemson University Alumni Association board of directors July 1.

“These incoming directors have distinguished themselves as talented and committed volunteer leaders for Clemson,” said Wil Brasington, senior director for alumni relations. “We are very fortunate for their willingness to serve in this capacity and know they will enable us to make great strides as an organization in the coming years.”

The new members:

  • Sonya Ables of Greenville is a 1979 graduate of Clemson with degrees in English communications and Spanish. She was an at-large member of the Clemson Alumni Council and is an IPTAY Life Member. She also is past president of the Clemson Alumni Association’s Women’s Council, past chairwoman of the Greenville Women’s Council chapter and past member of the Alumni National Council.
  • Todd Ballew of Buford, Ga., is a 1991 Clemson marketing graduate who works in business development for Heery International in Atlanta. He is vice president of the Atlanta Clemson Club and is regional IPTAY representative chairman. He also is a Clemson Library Ambassador, member of the Legacy Society and Leadership Circle and a member of the Tiger Letterwinner’s Association
  • Wayne Bell is from Greenwood and is a 1968 Clemson graduate in industrial management. He is an active community volunteer since retiring from IKON Office Solutions. He is on the boards of the Greenwood Rotary Club, the Greenwood Touchdown Club and the Jeremy Cay Property Owners Association. He is a member of the Clemson Alumni Council and an alumnus of Numeral Society Fraternity. He has been a member of IPTAY for 43 years and is IPTAY chairman for Greenwood County. He also is past president of the Greenwood Clemson Club. Bell played for Coach Frank Howard on the 1965 and 1966 ACC Champion football teams.
  • Richard L. “Tigue” Garick Jr. is a native of Orangeburg and is a 2003 Clemson marketing graduate. He and his wife, Jennifer Phillips, a 2004 Clemson graduate, live in Birmingham, Ala., where he works for the James M. Pleasants Co. in the commercial HVAC industry. While in school, Garick was an active member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Clemson Student Government and the Intrafraternity Council. He is president of the Clemson Young Alumni Council, a board member of the Birmingham Clemson Club and is a mentor for the College of Business and Behavioral Science Tiger Ties Program. He also is the past president of the Greenville Young Alumni Club and past Young Alumni representative for the Western North Carolina Clemson Club.
  • Larry Sloan of Clemson is a 1974 graduate in mechanical engineering. He is retired chief executive officer of Electrical Power Products, which has offices throughout North and South Carolina. He received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010. He is founder and board member of the Clemson University Tiger Band Association and is the videographer and chaperone for the Tiger Band. In 1973, he was commander of the Tiger Band and president of the Concert Band. He also was National President of Mu Beta Psi National Honorary Music Fraternity that same year. In 1994, he was president of the Greenville Clemson Club. He is an IPTAY Life Member and has been a contributor to the Clemson Fund for 38 consecutive years. He is on the board of directors of the Clemson Rotary Club and is chairman of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities' effort in the $600 million The Will to Lead capital campaign.
  • Thompson Smith of Pelzer graduated from Clemson in 1975 with a degree in agricultural education. He is district director for the South Carolina Farm Bureau and is past president of the Clemson College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences alumni board. He was a special appointee to the Alumni Association task force and has been a member of the honors and awards committee for the association. Smith also is a member of the Clemson Alumni Council; past chairman of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences golf tournament; and an alumnus of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.

The alumni board has 22 members and is the governing body for the Clemson University Alumni Association. Primary responsibilities of the board include general oversight of the programs and initiatives of the Alumni Association, financial audit and review, creation of governing policies and strategic planning.

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