Liza Corrine Grant
Liza Corrine Grant or “Corrine” is a proud graduate of Clemson University. She holds a bachelors in Biological Sciences & Master of Human Resource Development. Currently she serves as Director of Alumni Relations & Development for the Office of Inclusion and Equity at Clemson University. She has been in this role since October of last year. She enjoys opportunities to engage with diverse alumni as well as supporting the diversity and inclusion mission across Clemson University. Corrine has over 10 years of advancement experience and began her career as a Development Officer at Clemson University Libraries. She is extremely proud of being the first female African American Development Officer at Clemson University. She is from Westminster, South Carolina and is a very creative person. She enjoys doing crafts, which she says “often pays off for a nice unique stewardship gift for her donors”. She also served as President of the Clemson University Woman’s Club, which celebrated its 100 year anniversary during her term (2015-2017). Just like she was the first African American female Development Officer at Clemson University, she was also the first African American President of the Women’s Club.
Corrine’s interview was conducted by AADO member Nicholas Stafford:
What drew you to this profession?
The opportunity to build relationships with people that will impact the future of so many.
What attracted you to be a part of AADO?
AADO has given me a network of people who could provide wisdom on how to handle similar cultural challenges I face in my profession. Also, I believe it is often beneficial to expand your network to learn new ideas and to draw on the strengths of each other to achieve a common goal.
What has been your greatest accomplishment since being in advancement?
I feel my greatest accomplishment in advancement has been connecting people with opportunities about which they are passionate. To see the joy individuals have, when they see the student, faculty, or staff whose life they have impacted, is priceless.
Five words a Clemson University colleague would best describe you?
Best advice someone has given you?
The best advice I have received is , “When you are in the company of great people or when you reach new levels of success, carry yourself as though you are supposed to be there."