GWU Remembers a Friend and Faithful Supporter

Rod Clouse Served the University and the Community in Several Capacities

GWU Remembers a Friend and Faithful Supporter

Gardner-Webb is remembering a friend and faithful supporter, Rod Clouse, who passed away Saturday, June 27. He was current chair of the Godbold School of Business Board of Advisors, and a member of the GWU Board of Trustees.

A native of Indiana, Clouse and his wife, a Boiling Springs native, retired to Cleveland County, N.C., in 2010. His association with GWU began as a sports fan. Fellow church members introduced him to GWU athletics, and in 2012, he joined the Bulldog Club.

“We are all deeply saddened by Rod Clouse’s sudden passing,” shared GWU President Dr. William M. Downs. “Rod was an active and dedicated member of Gardner-Webb's Board of Trustees, and he was a passionate supporter of Bulldog athletics. Always ready with a thoughtful suggestion or a word of encouragement, Rod was a true asset to our campus community. I will remember him with both gratitude and respect."

From his interest in sports, Clouse’s affinity for the University extended to its strong academics and emphasis on service. After a career in national and international manufacturing with Parker Hannifin Corporation, Clouse felt drawn to GWU’s acclaimed Godbold School of Business. In 2014, he agreed to serve on the School’s Board of Advisors.

Mischia Taylor, School of Business dean and instructor of marketing, appreciated Clouse’s support and his vast professional experience. “When I began as dean, he was quick to reach out and offer his assistance,” she related. “He was a great mentor to me and served everyone in our department. He was a wonderful man, who always attended events and supported our students.”

Jennifer Marion Mills, president of the GWU Board of Trustees, also praised Clouse’s character and his service to the University. “Rod provided significant leadership on the Board of Trustees, where he served on both the Development Committee and the Marketing Committee,” Mills affirmed. “Rod had a servant’s heart and was truly an advocate for Gardner-Webb University. Rod’s contributions will be missed not only by the Board, but the entire University. I know I share every Board member’s sadness. Rod will be greatly missed.”

Clouse also served various other organizations in Cleveland County, including the Habitat for Humanity board, the Cleveland County Arts Council Board, the Cleveland Community College Foundation Board and was a Guardian ad Litem—a court-appointed advocate to represent the best interests of foster children.