Editor’s Note: The following appears in the February 2018 quarterly report prepared specifically for the Student Affairs Committee of the Clemson University Board of Trustees. Click here to view the full report.


As president and CEO of Rust-Oleum since 2007, Tom Reed knows a thing or two about leadership. He firmly believes Clemson is in excellent shape under the direction of President Jim Clements and Vice President for Student Affairs Almeda Jacks.

Tom, Matt and Kathy Reed are generous donors to the Division of Student Affairs

(L-R) Tom, Matt and Kathy Reed are avid supporters of Clemson University.
Image Credit: Reed Family

“The people here attract you to Clemson,” said the Illinois resident, whose son Matt is a senior financial management major.

On Matt’s tour of campus, Tom and Kathy Reed saw that attraction first-hand. A group of students drove by Matt’s tour group and, after rolling down its car windows, yelled “Come to Clemson!”

“That’s a pretty good statement to have students willing to do that,” he said. “They weren’t wrong. Matt toured many schools in North and South Carolina and had good ones to choose from near our home in the Midwest, but he still chose Clemson.”

Prior to Matt’s enrollment, the Reed family had no affiliation with the university. Since that time, however, they have been active members of the Vice President’s Executive Council. Tom Reed was most recently named to the President’s Advisory Board as well.

Reed has always held a philanthropic viewpoint. He formed Rust-Oleum Cares, a charitable arm of the company he’s been a part of since 1983, and its mission is to restore and renew the lives of people in or near the communities where different Rust-Oleum facilities are located.

He decided to help make a similar impact at Clemson. An avid softball player, Reed has participated in national tournaments and won championships in various age brackets, including the 60-year-old division last year. Combining his passion for the sport and strong belief in the value of competition, Reed has pledged to name a future field at the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center.

“I believe in providing recreational activity for students,” he said. “Clemson is ranked high nationally in intramural sports interest, so it’s important. The generosity of Dave and Lynnette Snow, who will match our gift, has been amazing. We’re happy to support their efforts.”