Editor’s note: This is the latest installment of the “Student Affairs Talk” podcast for 2019-20. Communications Director for Student Affairs Philip Sikes visits with various leaders from the staff and student communities. Our next guest in the summer 2020 series is John Gressette, a senior from Columbia, South Carolina.


John Gressette, pictured alongside President Jim Clements and his parents from Move-In Day 2017, currently serves as president of the Interfraternity Council at Clemson.

John Gressette, pictured alongside President Jim Clements and his parents from Move-In Week in August 2017, currently serves as president of the Interfraternity Council at Clemson.
Image Credit: Clemson University Relations

John Gressette applied to other universities, but when it came down to it, he just couldn’t imagine being anywhere else other than Clemson. After all, his family legacy is strong with the Upstate institution. His grandfather, Lawrence Gressette, was a longtime member and former chairperson of the Clemson University Board of Trustees. Gressette Hall, formerly known as Core Campus A, was named in his grandfather’s memory last spring.

Gressette has carved out his own legacy at Clemson, which includes involvement with both the Student Alumni Council and most notably the Interfraternity Council (IFC). He served previously as IFC’s vice president for risk management and currently is the organization’s president, overseeing the governing body’s efforts on behalf of all affiliated fraternity chapters at Clemson.

In the podcast, he discussed his grandfather’s impact, following in the footsteps of two older brothers at Clemson, how IFC has been an integral part of his growth and college experience and much more.

Click the green ‘Play’ button below to listen. Read the entire interview transcript.

2019-20 Podcasts
Paige Zoltewicz, University Housing & Dining
Miles Maynard, Graduate Student
Sarah Custer, Emergency Management
Cam Walters, Sophomore
Pam Davis, Campus Activities & Events
Ty Robinson, Junior
Jack Debbout, Senior
Almeda Jacks, Vice President for Student Affairs
Olivia Loynes, Junior
Kristin Walker-Donnelly, Student Affairs Business Operations
Melondy Munson, Senior
Jimmy Mullinax, Campus Recreation
Glenn Spurlin, Student Transitions and Family Programs
Madison Bolick, Senior
Taylor Williams, Graduate Assistant
Rusty Guill, Special Assistant to the Vice President
Troy Nunamaker, Center for Career and Professional Development
Brooke Beidler, Campus Recreation
Trinity Scott, Senior