CLEMSON — Sue Whorton, a Clemson University alumna with more than 25 years’ experience in higher education, has been named the director of Clemson’s Class of 1956 Academic Success Center (ASC) and Dr. Ted G. Westmoreland Academic Success Program. She will begin her new position July 1.

Sue Whorton

Sue Whorton

“All students who become well-equipped with learning and self-managament tools can succeed at Clemson University,” Whorton said. “We will continue to build on the great foundation laid by Elaine Richardson and the rest of the ASC staff to provide students with those tools.”

Whorton currently directs the Bridge to Clemson and transfer academic programs, where she manages academic support, academic advising, student engagement and transition programs for Bridge to Clemson students and new transfer students. Prior to that, the 14-year Clemson veteran led the Early Success Program and oversaw freshman academic programs in the Academic Success Center.

In her new role, Whorton wants to implement strategies to help students to maximize the benefits they derive from their Clemson experiences so that they are prepared for success after graduation. Those include providing success services that meet the diverse needs of students, tailoring services to students to where they are on their paths to graduation, using evidence to inform and enhance programs and services, developing thriving and sustainable campus partnerships, identifying and minimizing barriers and gaps, and creating a supportive environment that contributes positively students’ overall educational experiences and satisfaction.

Before arriving at Clemson University in 2000, Whorton held positions at Bowling Green State University, the University of Dayton and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, a Master of Arts in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Arts in theological studies from the University of Dayton and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Clemson.

–With Jackie Todd


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