Margaret Stephens, ’74, has returned to her alma mater as special assistant to the vice president for institutional advancement as part of a detail with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to give back to the University. To Claflin, I owe a lot of gratitude,” said Stephens. “I’m honored to be here and become a part of the dynamic team that will create a world class center for scientific excellence.”
Stephens’ main role at the University will be to raise funds to build the planned $17 million Science and Technology Center, which will house classrooms, an auditorium, offices and state-of-the-art laboratories. The Science and Technology Center is a key component of Claflin’s historic $96.4 million capital campaign Imagine the Possibilities.
Stephens will spend the next two years at Claflin from HUD, where she is a senior project advisor.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement Rev. Whittaker V. Middleton says the addition of Stephens has demonstrated track record of success that will add to the dynamic of Claflin’s already considerable fundraising capacity.
“Ms. Stephens is a remarkably successful alumna of our beloved institution. Her presence will ensure our visionary faculty and staff will continue to experience second-to-none facilities and the ability to further their scientific inquiry without limits,” said Middleton.
When Stephens arrived at Claflin in August, it had been the first time in many years back on campus. What she saw is a Claflin vastly different from the place she experienced as an English major. “Claflin has totally transformed. It’s been unbelievable to see the University flourish as it has under the leadership President (Dr. Henry N.) Tisdale,” she says.
Now, Stephens has returned to help bring Tisdale’s vision of Claflin becoming a premier undergraduate teaching and research institution to light through project management skills. To assist in raising funds for the Science and Technology Center, Stephens plan to utilize teamwork and relationship building.