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Edisto Research and Education Center Director

Clemson University
64 Research St, Blackville, SC 29817

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Edisto Research and Education Center Director

64 Research St, Blackville, SC 29817
Open Date:
Feb 6, 2024

The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University invites applications for the position of Professor and Director of the Edisto Research and Education Center (REC).

Clemson University is a Land Grant institution designated as an R1 university with strong community engagement. The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences is deeply rooted in Clemson University’s heritage as a land-grant institution, advancing founder Thomas Green Clemson’s vision of higher education that benefits South Carolina, its people, land, natural resources and economy. World-class education, research and Extension merge for scientific discoveries of global impact, while partnerships with industry and state and federal agencies foster innovation and provide unique opportunities for faculty and students.

Clemson University’s Edisto REC is located in Blackville, South Carolina in an active agricultural crop and livestock production area of the state and has served for many decades to enhance the agricultural industry. With expertise in agronomy, horticulture, integrated pest management, precision agriculture and soils, Edisto REC's mission is to help foster economic development. In collaboration with the Cooperative Extension Service, regional problem-solving and grower educational programs receive major emphasis.

The station is home to the Clemson University Center for Agricultural Technology (CU-CAT) and has 10 resident faculty (tenured or tenure-track), 32 support staff members, and other research and Extension personnel.  The Edisto REC includes 2,354 acres of cropland (organic and conventional), pastures, and forested land in the coastal plain of South Carolina.  The property includes meeting rooms, classrooms, field and clean laboratories, greenhouses, growth chambers and other specialized facilities for crop and cattle research.  Expansion of the research laboratory infrastructure and graduate student housing capabilities are underway.

General Duties and Responsibilities

The Director serves as the principal internal and external spokesperson for the Edisto REC and its mission. The Director will hold faculty rank and provide leadership and support to maintain and advance strong integrated research and Extension programs appropriate for the Edisto REC vision and mission.

The Director will provide a vision for innovative educational initiatives; foster a collegial working environment at the REC and collaborative relationships with faculty on the Clemson University main campus and growers in the state; and strengthen working relationships with local communities, external funding agencies, research collaborators at partner institutions and other key constituency groups.

Additional Responsibilities:

• Provide leadership and oversight of Research and Extension activities at the REC

• Mentor researchers and provide vision for research initiatives

• Establish a foundation for active and sustainable fundraising

• Manage the REC’s daily operation, budget and resources

• Provide supervision of support staff

• Improve and expand Edisto REC infrastructure through successful fundraising and project guidance

• Foster diversity and inclusion among students, faculty and staff


Clemson University seeks a strategic and visionary scientist to lead the Edisto REC. The successful candidate will have experience in a premier academic setting and can serve as a strong advocate for faculty, staff, and students. The candidate will also have demonstrated accomplishments, impacts, and programmatic vision of relevance to the research and Extension programs at the Edisto REC.

Additional Desired Qualifications Include:

• Influential leadership skills including supervisory and budgetary experience

• Ability to build support for initiatives through engagement with stakeholders and industry

• Strong communication skills and capacity to inspire others

• Commitment to the land-grant mission and to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment

• Understanding of fundamental and applied research opportunities across the range of disciplines represented within the Edisto REC

• Demonstrated commitment to research and/or Extension as illustrated by achievements in grants, scholarship and academic reputation in the field

• Mentoring skills that encourage faculty to achieve their highest potential

• Ability to create and maintain appropriate alliances with the diverse stakeholders



The successful candidate will have earned a Ph.D. in an agriculture-related discipline and achieved a record of scholarly activity warranting appointment at the rank of tenured Professor in the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences at Clemson University.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, please apply by March 29, 2024. This position will be posted until it is filled.

Applications should include 1) a detailed curriculum vitae, 2) a letter of interest that addresses the requirements described above and the applicant’s motivation to apply, 3) a statement of vision (2-page max) for the Director role at the Edisto Research and Education Center including leadership style and values, and diversity, and 4) names, titles, and contact information for at least three references.

All application materials are required to be submitted electronically via

Inquiries and nominations can be submitted confidentially to Dr. Pat Wechter ( or Dr. John Mueller (

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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