CLEMSON, South Carolina — Charles and Susan Barker of Virginia Beach, Virginia, were named 2017 recipients of the Herb Coughlan Memorial Family of the Year award by the Clemson University Parents Council. The award has been presented annually since 2001 to a family that has demonstrated dynamic leadership and service to Clemson.

Charlie Barker with members of the President's Advisory Board.

Charlie Barker is a member of President James P. Clements’ advisory board.
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Charles Barker is the president and chief executive officer of Charlie Barker Automotive in the Hampton Roads area. Barker is a member of the President’s Advisory Board at Clemson. His daughter, Lexie, is a sophomore at Clemson.

“It’s overwhelming to earn this honor,” he said. “To think of how many parents are involved at Clemson, it’s humbling to be recognized as an important family to the university.”

In addition to his service on the advisory board, Barker is a pillar donor for the Samuel J. Cadden Chapel project and an avid supporter of ClemsonLIFE and IPTAY. In a short time, Clemson University has made a big impact on the Barker family.

“I’ve never been anywhere like the town of Clemson,” he said. “My wife and I talk about how wonderful the people are… it’s unusual. We told Lexie one of the reasons she and so many people enjoy a wonderful Clemson experience is because others have given to make the university what it is today. She couldn’t be happier with her choice.”

The Barker family named Herb Coughlan Memorial Family of the Year at Clemson for 2017.

The Barker family was named Herb Coughlan Memorial Family of the Year at Clemson for 2017.
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Vice President for Student Affairs Almeda Jacks presented the Barkers with the Family of the Year award following the first quarter of the football game Saturday against Boston College.

“Charlie and his family are so very deserving of this great honor,” Jacks said. “We appreciate his contributions and service to our university and the Division of Student Affairs.”