Rose Ellen Davis-Gross, right, confers with Staff Senate’s administrative assistant Karon Donald before a monthly meeting at the Madren Center.

By Hope Snipes | Media Relations

Third generation Clemson graduate and employee Rose Ellen Davis-Gross is no stranger to the Clemson spirit. A native of Darlington, she followed the footsteps of her father and her grandfather to Clemson, where she earned her marketing degree.

Now the associate director of assignments and marketing for University housing, she often looks at her freshman- and senior-year housing assignment cards for Young Hall and Clemson House that her mother saved. She says these cards are a reminder of the way things used to be and the progress they have made in University housing.

“When I was a freshman, there wasn’t a requirement for freshmen to live on campus, and my grandparents lived in Clemson,” said Davis-Gross, “but I decided to live on campus. I enjoyed the experience so much and all the new friends I made that I stayed all four years.”

She returned to Clemson housing six years ago, but now she’s the one handing out the room assignments.

The University has continued to grow since she was a student, and she enjoys the fact that her job offers her the ability to contribute to that growth. Last year’s freshman class size forced students to live in overflow rooms and upperclassmen residence halls. But Davis-Gross said budget cuts have proved to be the biggest challenge since she began working at Clemson.

This year, she serves as Staff Senate president, a role that gives her additional opportunities to help Clemson grow, adjust to the current budget crisis and meet the challenges ahead.

“With our wonderful faculty, students and staff, we can succeed in this process and come out with creative ideas. No matter what, we will still be Clemson,” Davis-Gross said.

Leadership may be in her genes – her mother, Rose J. Davis, who worked as a food and nutrition specialist for Clemson Extension, was elected Extension Senate president in 1989.

Her passion for Clemson University and her Tiger spirit are evident from the Clemson orange reflected in her wardrobe. And some of her most important memories are from her student days. In fact, she found a Tiger of her own while attending college. She and her husband, Matthew, are happily married and stay busy with their 12-year-old daughter, Emma.

She treasures the memories of attending football and basketball games with her grandfather, who was a former member and coach of the Clemson football, basketball and boxing teams. The times she spent with this special man in her life are priceless.

This love of Clemson sports has become a family tradition, most evident when these world-class tailgaters gather for Saturday football games. They pull out all the stops with televisions, great food and fans for hot weather. In fact, they once had a van, purchased on Craigslist and painted orange, that was visible on satellite images from Google Earth. These game-day gatherings are a magnet for generations of family and friends.

Davis-Gross has continued her family’s rich tradition of attending, working and supporting Clemson, and has become an enthusiastic and involved member of the greater Clemson Family. Her blood truly runs orange.

“I love working for Clemson and University Housing, and I have had many great encounters with students and parents,” she said, “but I believe my most memorable moment may be yet to come.”