Successful venture capitalist to serve Clemson as executive-in-residence
CLEMSON, South Carolina — Venture capitalist and Clemson alumnus Stuart McWhorter will serve the university as an executive-in-residence for six months beginning June 12 to assist with the creation of a strategic plan designed to drive Clemson’s efforts around entrepreneurship and economic engagement.
McWhorter, who graduated from Clemson in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in management, is co-founder and chairman of Clayton Associates, a family-run venture capital firm that has raised $150 million over the past two decades, which has been invested in more than 80 companies. Companies supported by Clayton Associates’ funding have created more than 20,000 jobs during that period.
As a volunteer executive in-residence, McWhorter will advise President James P. Clements and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Robert Jones on a range of issues related to Clemson’s work to support entrepreneurship and promote economic development in South Carolina, including making recommendations for a strategic plan for entrepreneurship.
“Stuart’s extensive background in raising and investing capital, creating and operating businesses and developing strategic partnerships will be invaluable to Clemson’s work in these areas,” Clements said. “We are extremely grateful that he has offered his time and talent to support the university and I look forward to working closely with him over the next several months.”
In addition to Clayton Associates, McWhorter also served as CEO of The Nashville Entrepreneur Center, a public-private partnership, where he provided leadership and direction to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Nashville and middle Tennessee community and continues to serve on its board of directors. McWhorter also serves on the board of directors of FirstBank Financial Corp. and MedEquities Realty Trust, as well as three privately held companies. He and his wife, Leigh Anne, have five children.
“I am excited to advise President Clements and Provost Jones and to serve Clemson University,” McWhorter said. “Clemson has established a strong foundation in entrepreneurship and innovation and I look forward to supporting the efforts of faculty, administration, students and other key constituents, locally regionally and nationally, to further position Clemson as a leader.”