Nikki Haley named to Clemson Board of Trustees

Nikki Haley named to Clemson Board of Trustees
Nikki Haley named to Clemson Board of Trustees(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 12:04 PM EDT
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CLEMSON, S.C. (WYFF) - Nikki Haley, former United States ambassador to the United Nations and former governor of South Carolina, has been named to the Clemson Board of Trustees, the university announced Tuesday.

The appointment is effective immediately, officials said.

Haley succeeds David Wilkins, of Greenville, who is retiring as a trustee after serving since 2007, including six years as chair. Wilkins will become a trustee emeritus.

“Ambassador Haley’s love of country, leadership skills, commitment to education, and passion for Clemson University will serve the Board well. She will be a tireless advocate for the University and all of its constituents,” Kim Wilkerson, chair of the Board of Trustees, said in a statement.

Wilkerson was elected to a two-year term as the board’s chair on July 15.

She is the first woman to lead the Clemson board in school history.

Haley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Clemson in 1994. After leaving Clemson, she worked for her family business and served as its chief financial officer. Haley’s career in public service began in 2004 with her election to the South Carolina House of Representatives.

In 2010, Haley was elected as the first female and first minority governor of South Carolina and was the youngest governor in the country at that time.

She was re-elected as governor in 2014. In 2016, then-President-elect Donald Trump nominated Haley to be the 29th U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Haley continued to serve as governor of South Carolina until her confirmation by the U.S. Senate in January 2017.

Haley served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations until January 2019. During that time, she was also a member of the president’s cabinet and the National Security Council. Since 2019, Haley has led the Stand for America advocacy group, which seeks to promote public policies that strengthen America’s economy, culture, and national security. Born in Bamberg, South Carolina, she is the daughter of Indian immigrants. Haley and her husband, Michael, a combat veteran who was deployed to Afghanistan, have two children and reside in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

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