CLEMSON — An experienced senior university administrator and former Naval officer has been named chief of staff at Clemson University, effective June 1.

Max Allen

Max Allen

Max Allen will join the Clemson executive team on June 1, providing leadership and coordination for operations and special projects in the President’s Office, and serving as the president’s liaison to a number of external and internal advisory groups and boards.

“My life has been grounded in service to others and getting things accomplished while staying focused on a clear vision, mission and strategic plan, and I look forward to helping Clemson achieve its goals,” Allen said. “Clemson has a strong reputation with great faculty, staff, students and alumni. I’m excited to have an opportunity to contribute to its continued success. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work for President Clements and look forward to joining the Clemson family.”

Allen has served as chief of staff at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington since 2003, responsible for day-to-day operations of the chancellor’s office and managing key administrative functions and strategic initiatives. He served as chief of staff and director of university communications at Georgia College and State University from 1994 to 2003, and was public affairs officer and spokesperson for the U.S. Navy Base in Charleston and the USS New Jersey in Long Beach, California, and deputy director of the Navy Office of Information, Southeast in Atlanta. He held a number of other appointments during his 17-year Navy career.

“I’m delighted to welcome Max Allen to the Clemson family. He brings a wealth of knowledge, organizational skills and experience to the position,” said President James P. Clements. “He has impeccable credentials and is a proven leader who will play a major role in shaping Clemson’s future.”

Allen is a graduate of Jacksonville University and is past chair of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education and serves on a number of civic advisory boards, including as president of 100 Black Men of Coastal North Carolina. He earned the Navy League Community Service Award, Meritorious Service Award and Commendation Service Award twice, and the Distinguished Service Award for Public Relations.

The chair of the search committee, Executive Vice President and Provost Robert H. Jones, called Allen “an outstanding candidate in every dimension, with demonstrated wisdom, confidence without ego, and the ability to engender trust and teamwork. The committee felt that his attributes are well aligned with current and future leadership needs at Clemson.”

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