Servant leadership: This Tiger was the first in her family to graduate from high school. She has come so far since then and is about to transition into her new role as the Staff Senate president, eager and ready to represent Clemson’s staff.

 Meet Leigh Dodson.

Title: Director of Business Affairs for the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS)

Years at Clemson: 27.5 years

What I do at Clemson:  I oversee the business activities for the College. My typical day varies from answering phone calls and emails to attending meetings. I also have a lot of foot traffic in and out of my office. I am the problem solver for financial and human resource issues in the College. I do analysis, planning, budgeting, and projections for CAFLS. I never have a dull moment.

What I love about Clemson: I love the opportunity to serve and pray that I do a grand job of serving the staff (as Staff Senate President) this coming year. Since compensation increases are rare, I hope to add benefits to staff that can help in ways other than money in a paycheck. I am trying to think outside the box to come up with various ways to show all of our staff appreciation! I will work to encourage all supervisors to appreciate and value his/her staff for their contributions to Clemson. I think we all forget to say a very heartfelt “thank you” to those that make our work lives easier. I want to make it a point to meet all of the staff. I want to take the time to do the little things that shows my appreciation to all staff.

Accomplishment I’m most proud of:  God blessed me with a beautiful daughter, Jo Leigh, and I am most proud of her.  She is 23 years old. She is truly as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She follows Christ with a servant’s heart and truly loves people. She is truly a joy to know and love.

I am also proud of my associate’s degree in business with a major in accounting from Tri-County Technical College, and my bachelor of science degree in accounting and master of professional accountancy degrees from Clemson after being the first one in my family to even graduate high school. I would have never graduated with my bachelor’s and master’s degrees without working here at Clemson. It is a wonderful opportunity that employees can now take up to 18 hours per year at no tuition cost. That is truly a great benefit for employees.  And I am very thankful for my nearly 28 years of service at Clemson and having an awesome state retirement plan!

Where I see myself in five years: Enjoying retirement with my husband, Joe. I hope to travel and take lots of photographs.  I plan to do the things that I have never taken the time for such as organizing my house, making lots of different crafts, tons of pictures to scrapbook, and, finally, master the piano. I have taken piano lessons several times over my lifetime. I can read music and play the piano with my left hand and then play with my right hand, but have never mastered playing the left and right hands together.  Nobody in my family appreciates my piano playing.  My piano is in the garage.

Last thing I watched on TV:  The Voice

Guilty pleasure:  French Fries

One thing most people don’t know about me:  I consider myself somewhat of a rebel with a cause. My cause is to make life simple and easy. I serve CAFLS from the standpoint of how can I help others. When a faculty or staff has an issue in the College, I search for viable solutions. With a thankful heart, my daily goal is to try my very best to stay positive and happy and share the love of Christ.

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