CLEMSON, South Carolina — Clinton Colmenares, a 20-year veteran of science and research news, has joined Clemson University’s Office of Media Relations as director of research communications. He began Oct. 19.

Clinton Colmenares

Clinton Colmenares

“Clemson students, faculty and staff are conducting exciting, breakthrough work in all disciplines, from engineering to the arts,” said Larry Dooley, interim vice president for research. “Communicating our excellence to the public and to key constituents is important for growing our research and scholarly activity and for helping people understand the value of academic research in general.”

Colmenares covered science and medicine as a newspaper reporter, then spent 15 years promoting academic research for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the University of Maine, UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His experience includes extensive work with national news media, launching broadcast studios and creating strategies for social media, website development and crisis communications.

“We’re going to count on Clinton’s experience working with faculty, teams of university communicators and national media, including emerging online and social media platforms, to help make sure the world knows about Clemson’s excellence in research,” said Robin Denny, director of Media Relations.

Colmenares will work closely with the colleges and research centers, such as the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, the Clemson University Innovation Campus and Technology Park and the Clemson University Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus.

“Recruiting Clinton, and increasing awareness about Clemson research, is an important, strategic part of making Clemson known as one of the best public research universities in the country,” said Cathy Sams, associate vice president of Public Affairs.

“Clemson is brimming with exciting science and research stories,” Colmenares said. “I’m looking forward to helping tell those stories in compelling, engaging ways so people understand the importance and relevance of the great work being done here. I’m very happy to be at Clemson.”