CLEMSON — Catherine Mobley, a distinguished and highly decorated sociologist at Clemson University for nearly 20 years, has been named interim chair of the sociology and anthropology department.

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Catherine Mobley was named interim chair of sociology, anthropology.
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In announcing Mobley’s appointment, Bobby McCormick, College of Business and Behavioral Science dean, called her “part of the soul and fiber of Clemson and we are fortunate to have her take on this responsibility.” Mobley’s appointment is effective July 1.

Mobley’s interim position was created when previous chair, Ellen Granberg, was named the university’s associate provost for academic affairs.

Mobley is considered an expert in environmental sociology and sustainability, policy development and the sociology of education.

In January, she received the prestigious Class of ’39 Award for Excellence. The award was established in 1989 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the class. It is presented annually to a faculty member whose contributions for a five-year period have been judged by peers to be exemplary in service to the university, the student body and the larger community.

“I am excited about this opportunity to serve the department. Under Dr. Granberg’s leadership, the department has continued to excel in the areas of teaching, research, and service,” Mobley said. “I look forward to supporting the faculty and staff during this exciting time of change at the university.”

Since 1996, Mobley has been involved in nearly 35 grants and contracts totaling more than $6.4 million. They include three major grants from the National Science Foundation and additional funding from such agencies as the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the United Way of Pickens County and the Clemson University Restoration Institute.

Mobley will create a departmental search committee as the university seeks a permanent chair in an open, national search.