CLEMSON — Ann Marie Alexander, senior director of corporate and foundation relations for Clemson University’s development office, has been promoted to assistant vice president for strategic corporate partnerships.

Ann Marie Alexander

Ann Marie Alexander

“Ann Marie has been working directly with industry on enhancing the relationships between companies and Clemson University,” said Jack Ellenberg, Clemson’s associate vice president for the Office of Corporate Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives. “She certainly knows Clemson well and has existing relationships which can be leveraged to the benefit of both the university and industry.”

Angie Leidinger, Clemson’s vice president for external affairs, added: “It’s a perfect fit. With Ann Marie’s proven experience with our partners and foundations, along with her previous career in the private sector, it will make this a seamless transition for Clemson. We’re lucky to have somebody like her to take on this challenge.”

In her new role, she will remain on the main campus and she’ll serve as the external affairs division’s liaison to the Development and Alumni Relations division.

“Having Ann Marie located on campus will allow the office to work closely with all colleges and departments in an effort to enhance the level of engagement, from students through faculty,” said Ellenberg.

Working with Clemson’s strategic corporate partners to maximize opportunities in areas of mutual interest – like research, philanthropy, student and alumni engagement, etc. – will be her focus.

“The last six years I did similar work, with the end goal being philanthropy; but now the ultimate goal is to elevate and strengthen corporate partnerships holistically and enterprise-wide,” said Alexander.

Alexander came to Clemson in 2005 after working in marketing for Mitsui and Co. (U.S.A.) Inc., an international trading company in New York City, for 11 years.

A Clemson native, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1988, her master’s in international affairs from Columbia University in 1992 and her MBA in marketing from Fordham University in 2001.

As the senior director of development for the then-College of Engineering and Science, Alexander helped secure private and corporate funding for the Watt Family Innovation Center, the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering and many of Clemson’s SmartState Endowed Chairs, including those in Advanced Fiber-Based Materials, Supply Chain and Logistics, Optoelectronics and Smart Grid Technology.

“I’m very excited because it ties in everything I’ve worked on in my career. I’ve worked in the private sector and now in the public sector so it brings it all together,” she said. “We have a really robust strategic plan in place now and companies want to engage with us, so it’s exciting to launch this.”