Sonya Spratley Balogun

Sonya Spratley Balogun

CLEMSON, South Carolina — The Clemson Alumni Association has named Sonya Spratley Balogun of Powder Springs, Georgia, to its board of directors. Her term began July 1.

Balogun graduated from Clemson in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering with a focus on Quality engineering and Human factors. She is a Global Sourcing Operations and Business Process Transformation Leader for GE Power and is responsible for championing activities that lead to the optimization of supply chain processes that support the procurement and fulfillment activities for a multi – billion business. She is a Certified Six Sigma Lean Master Black Belt and a Certified Quality Engineer.

While at Clemson, she was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and served on its National Executive Board as South Atlantic Regional Representative. She also volunteered with the Student Alumni Council, Kappa Sigma Sigma service sorority, the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and the National Society of Black Engineers student chapters. Balogun was a Founding PEER (Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention) mentor and a Clemson Career Workshop counselor.

Her leadership in professional and community involvement demonstrate her passion for educating and giving back.  She established the Sonya Spratley Balogun Diversity Scholarship Endowment for Women in Science and Engineering focused on funding and providing scholarships for women who are interested in obtaining their degrees in the STEM fields.  She is a champion for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) at Clemson University and partners with the Executive Director to educate, enlighten, and promote more women to seriously consider a career in a STEM field.

She serves on the Board of Advisors to the Industrial Engineering Department at Clemson, and a member of the Atlanta Clemson Club and the Clemson Black Alumni Council.  She also is a volunteer mentor for industrial engineering students, was GE liaison for the GE/Clemson Six Sigma Creative Inquiry undergraduate research course, and chair of the Clemson GE Engagement activities campaign.

Her professional memberships include the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering, American Society of Quality, Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers and the National Association of Female Executives. She also served on the Cooper Middle School Foundation board.

She and her husband, Hakeem, have two children, Malik and Omar. Malik will be entering Clemson University as a Freshman this fall and will major in Engineering.

The alumni board has 24 members and is the governing body for the Clemson Alumni Association. Primary responsibilities of the board include general oversight of the programs and initiatives of the association, financial audit and review, the establishment of governing policies and strategic planning.

The Clemson Alumni Association is an open-membership, nonprofit organization. Since its inception in 1896, the program has connected members of the Clemson family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service and strengthening relationships. Learn more at www.clemson.edu/alumni.