Mission & Purpose

The University Development Team (UDT) at Clemson University seeks to promote a culture of philanthropy that supports and enhances “Clemson Forever” and the mission of the Development and Alumni Relations Team.

The Development and Alumni Relations Team identifies, cultivates

and stewards relationships that result in increased long-term

engagement and philanthropic support for Clemson University.

The work of this dynamic team of development professionals is to inspire philanthropic giving throughout the University community including alumni, parents and friends.  The University Development Team is comprised of high-functioning, collaborative, fundraising teams. 

Specifically these teams:

  • Provides key leadership to the colleges, schools and units throughout the academy.
  • Works collaboratively with vice presidents, the provost, deans, university administrators, senior management, and volunteers to create and implement comprehensive fundraising strategies in support of the priorities for each of the colleges, schools and units; and works to set the overall strategic direction of fundraising efforts.
  • Establishes and monitors fundraising goals in each college, school and unit to increase the effectiveness of development activities and ensure metrics and performance expectations are met.  
  • Individually, development officers manage portfolios of major, planned and principal gift prospects where the team adheres to the D.A.D. principles (D= Donors Visited, A=Asks Made, D=Dollars Closed).  See Charting Your Path Within the University Development Team for additional information and  job descriptions related to UDT positions.
  • Develop, implement and maintain the comprehensive stewardship strategy for the colleges, schools and units that express the return on investment and gratitude for philanthropic gifts.
  • Motivate, train and mentor development officers and academic partners to maximize the University’s philanthropic opportunity through our talent management efforts.


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The University Development Team is structured with two goals in mind:

  • Goal 1: Support the Academy’s administrators and leaders in developing and executing a comprehensive development plan that maximizes the resources available to the academy through their UDT Team and resources throughout the Development & Alumni Relations team – including Corporate and Foundation Relations, Principal and Planned Giving, Advancement Services, Donor Relations, Alumni Association, Prospect Research, Marketing & Events, the CU Foundation, and Annual Giving.

  • Goal 2: Discover, cultivate, close and steward major gift prospects/donors to support strategic priorities and initiatives within our colleges and units.

In meeting these goals, the University Development Teams are deployed in the following areas:

BOLD= Primary Contact for the college/unit

Team Number


Development Officers Assigned
Team 1:

College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences

Amy Hunt, Kelly Cloyd, Doug Gray, Lieshe Lane

College of Business

Mark Ostapenko, Kelly Cloyd, Taylor Cook

Team 3:

College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences

Unit Lead to be hired, Margaret Owens, Kim Arp

Public Service and Agriculture

Tyler Cornwell, Margaret Owens, Kim Arp

College of Science

Julie Tovey, Margaret Owens, Kim Arp

College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities

 Margaret Owens, Renee Dooley, Amy Vogelgesang

College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences

Ben Grandy, Margaret Owens, Kim Arp

College of Education

Unit Lead to be hired, Margaret Owens
Team 5:

Division of Student Affairs, Parent Philanthropy, Libraries, Honors College

Brandy Page, DO to be hired, Jeff Cogburn, Paul Brammer, Bailey Griffin