New employee spotlight: Jada Hardric and Neil Carter
The Clemson Family welcomes two new employees, Jada Hardric and Neil Carter. Both Hardric and Carter are excited to join the welcoming faculty and staff and passionate students that make up Clemson’s campus.
Jada Hardric is an academic advising and coaching specialist in the Academic Success Center. Hardric was attracted to this position because it provides her with a unique opportunity to provide guidance to Clemson students, especially students who are returning after a break in enrollment or those that are unsure of their major or career path.
Prior to moving to Clemson, Hardric attended Mississippi State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and a Master of Science degree in educational leadership with a concentration in student affairs and higher education. “I am most proud of completing both of my degrees in five years,” Hardric said. “As a first generation college student, I can attest to the importance of persistence and hard work, and I would encourage all students to continue striving towards their goals.” While pursuing these degrees, she served as a graduate assistant for the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans, supporting Mississippi State’s military student population throughout their transition to higher education and beyond.
Neil Carter is assuming the role of Security Specialist II at the Clemson University Police Department as a security detail to President Clements. When asked what drew him to this position, Carter responded, “I failed at retirement,” and that he is eager to get back in the workforce on a campus filled with excitement and young people. He is looking forward to working with President Clements, who he can already tell has a great relationship with Clemson employees and students.
Carter is originally from Asheville, N.C. and worked for the North Carolina Highway Patrol for many years before retiring. He then spent 13 years with the U.S. Marshal Service in Knoxville, TN. and Savannah, GA. He attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Government, the U.S. Marshal School in Atlanta, GA and completed SWAT training under the FBI, giving him many years of experience in every facet of law enforcement.
Carter moved to Clemson with his 4.5-pound Yorkie, Flossie, named by one of his four granddaughters. He is excited that Clemson is close to Asheville, N.C. so that he can easily visit with his two children and their families, who he considers his greatest accomplishments.