Editor’s note: This is a special installment of the “Student Affairs Talk” podcast, where Communications Director for Student Affairs Philip Sikes visits with various leaders from Clemson’s staff and student communities. This week’s featured guest is Associate Dean of Students Kris Hodge.


Kris Hodge joined Clemson's staff as associate dean of students and director of the Office of Community and Ethical Standards in March 2020.

Kris Hodge joined Clemson’s staff as associate dean of students and director of the Office of Community and Ethical Standards in March 2020.
Image Credit: Kris Hodge

Kris Hodge was hired as Clemson’s associate dean of students and director of the Office of Community and Ethical Standards (OCES) in March. Since that time, she has worked remotely due to the ongoing global pandemic. But it has not stopped her from establishing relationships within Student Affairs and with partners across campus, despite no previous experience in an academic setting.

Hodge enjoyed a successful 25-year career as a prosecutor with the 13th Circuit solicitor’s office in Greenville and Pickens counties. Through a mutual connection, she was encouraged to apply for the OCES director’s position at Clemson because some of the changes made to the adjudication process for students. She felt her skill set would translate well. So far, so good.

In the podcast, Hodge talks about hitting the ground running — in a virtual environment. She also reflected on her legal experiences and why Clemson offered a much-desired career change, how she has fit in so far with colleagues and some of her favorite things to do away from work.

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

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