Spartanburg entrepreneur to receive Clemson Distinguished Service Award
CLEMSON — The Clemson Alumni Association will present Norman F. Pulliam Sr. of Spartanburg the 2015 Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor.
“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.
Pulliam is a 1964 graduate of Clemson who was president of the Student Senate, president of the Blue Key Honor Society and winner of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, which honors service to campus and community. He received his Master of Business Administration from Harvard University in 1967.
After graduating, Pulliam became a successful businessman, developing more than half a billion dollars worth of properties throughout the Southeast— primarily apartments and senior housing — as founder and president of Pulliam Investment Company Inc. for more than 35 years. He has been very involved in his community, serving as either chairman or president for many organizations in Spartanburg, including the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Spartanburg Development Council and the Spartanburg Boy’s Home. He is the former chairman and current trustee of the Spartanburg Regional Hospital Foundation, and serves on the S.C. Department of Natural Resources board of directors.
Pulliam continued his dedication to Clemson by providing the initial funding for the Clemson Master of Real Estate Development program. He is a past member of the Clemson Board of Visitors, the Clemson Alumni Association board of directors and is a longtime major IPTAY supporter.
In 1985, he was awarded the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian award for extraordinary lifetime service and achievements of national and statewide significance.
In her letter supporting Pulliam’s nomination for the DSA, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said, “As a Clemson alumnus and citizen of the Palmetto State, Mr. Pulliam exemplifies servant leadership and civic engagement in the highest form.”
Pulliam lives in Spartanburg with his wife, Jo. They have three grown children — Tracey Rogers of Pawleys Island, Norman Pulliam Jr. of Spartanburg and Thomas Pulliam of Greenville — and three grandchildren.