CLEMSON — The Clemson University Alumni Association will present Charles C. Mickel of Greenville the 2015 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor.

Charles C. Mickel

Charles C. Mickel

“The Distinguished Service Award honors individuals who are dedicated to enhancing the quality and value of our university.  I want to personally thank our award winners for giving so generously of their time and talents for professional and public service.  Their personal accomplishments serve as a wonderful model for our current and future students,” said Clemson President James P. Clements.

Mickel received a Bachelor of Science in industrial management from Clemson in 1979 and went on to build a career in real estate investment. His success has enabled him to give back to his community and his alma mater in many ways.

He is a major donor to Clemson and has supported numerous initiatives ranging from capital campaigns to scholarships. He has served on the Clemson University Foundation Board, the Real Estate Board and the President’s Advisory Board.

He assisted with the work to establish the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) facility in Greenville.

“We needed leadership to make it a reality,” said Clemson President Emeritus James Barker. “We turned to Charlie Mickel, and he responded with remarkable commitment, insight and passion for the idea. His quiet but tenacious leadership brought CU-ICAR into being. Simply stated, there would be no CU-ICAR without him.”

Mickel’s commitment to service reaches far beyond the Clemson campus. He is the vice chairman and treasurer of the Daniel-Mickel Foundation, a foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all people in the Greenville community. He is also passionate about the arts and gives generously of his time and talent by serving as president of the Museum Association board and as incoming president to Artisphere.

Mickel and his wife, Rachelle, live in Greenville and have two grown children.