Phyfer becomes trustee for Clemson

Cheri Marie Phyfer has been named to the Clemson University board of trustees, following the retirement of Leon J. “Bill” Hendrix, who has served on the board since 1995.


Cheri Marie Phyfer has been named to the Clemson University board of trustees.   Contributed photo

Cheri Marie Phyfer has been named to the Clemson University board of trustees, following the retirement of Leon J. “Bill” Hendrix, who has served on the board since 1995.

Phyfer is president and general manager of the Diversified Brands Division of Sherwin-Williams. She joined the company in 1993 after graduating from Clemson with a bachelor’s degree in management. She received a master’s of business administration degree from Clemson in 1999.

She was named one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas” in 2008 by the Texas Diversity Council. The following year, the Dallas Business Journal named her to its list of “Top 40 under 40” business people.

“I’m honored and humbled to be selected to serve my alma mater as a trustee. Clemson is an outstanding, highly respected university, and that is due in large measure to the leadership and dedication of the board,” Phyfer said. “I look forward to working with the trustees, President Clements, the administration, faculty, staff and students to help make a great university even stronger.”

Phyfer is also on the Clemson University Foundation executive board and leads the Trevillian Board for its College of Business. She is also a member of the National Association of Women in Construction and In Council with Women. She is a founding member of Professional Women in Painting.

“Cheri brings to the board strong business and leadership skills, a commitment to excellence and true passion for Clemson University,” Board Chairman Smyth McKissick said. “She will be a tireless advocate for the university and all of its constituents.”

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