Graduation rates. Retention data. Historical trends. The data isn’t only about numbers – it tells the story of Clemson. It also helps chart the university’s future. This Tiger collects and analyzes data to help administrators and staff make informed decisions for the university.

Meet Ronnie Chrestman.

Title: Research associate (lead statistician)

Years at Clemson: 37

What I do at Clemson: I work as a research associate in the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) and currently serve as the building security coordinator for Sikes Hall. I also teach research methods and data analysis in the Masters of Public Administration program.

What I love about Clemson: The people. I have been blessed to meet many wonderful people during my tenure here.  I spent the first part of my career in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, but have spent the last 19 years in OIR and have gotten to meet so many great people across this great institution.

What was a defining moment for you at Clemson: I am not sure of one moment, but it did not take long to realize what a special place this is to live and work.

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: This year, I have been blessed to receive the provost’s Award of Excellence and the Thomas Green Clemson Award for Excellence. Receiving awards is great, but realizing that someone thought enough of me to nominate me is a great honor.

Where I see myself in five years: Retired and spending time with my three grandsons.

Last thing I watched on TV: NCIS-Los Angeles

Guilty pleasure: Reading. I have a collection of books written by Clive Cussler. I enjoy re-reading them.

One thing most people don’t know about me: I enjoy baking and cooking. I especially like to bake cakes and make cookies.

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