Meet a Tiger: Bill Lasser
It’s a marriage of home and work for this longtime Tiger. He heads the Calhoun Honors College, housed in the beautiful new Core Campus. He and his wife, Sue, also live there as part of the Faculty-In-Residence program, which places faculty and students in the same residential space. He’s a steadfast supporter of the Honors College, which promotes intellectual engagement through formal and informal interactions with Clemson students, staff and faculty.
Meet Bill Lasser.
Title: Executive Director, Calhoun Honors College, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Years at Clemson: 34 years
What I do at Clemson: I lead the Honors College, which gives me the opportunity to work with Honors faculty and staff, and with 1,400 of Clemson’s best students. In addition to my administrative duties, I teach Honors seminars in politics and political thought and work closely with our Dixon Global Policy Scholars and Clemson National Scholars.
What I love about Clemson: I’ve been here through the entire “Top 20” effort and I love that Clemson has become a first-rate academic institution while still maintaining a lot of school spirit and a strong sense of community. Sue and I are really enjoying our faculty-in-residence experience in Core Campus. We love the chance to have informal conversations with the students, and planning events for and with them (especially entertaining them in our Core Campus home). We also like the chance to live on campus!
Accomplishment I’m most proud of: I’m proud of a lot of what’s happened in the Honors College over the past many years, including our Top-10 national ranking and our wonderful new Core Campus Honors Center. But, personally I think I’m most proud of my Alumni Master Teacher Award, which I received in 1993, because that award comes directly from the students. It meant a lot.
Where I see myself in five years: To paraphrase the Israeli scholar Adin Steinsaltz, I think it will take me more than five years to finish all the projects I’ve already started.
Last thing I watched on TV: Chicago Med
Guilty pleasure: Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream