Missy Ryan Penland, Senior Director of University Development at Clemson University

Book recommendations:

Belief and Confidence by Ronald J. Schiller

Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family’s Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University by Doug White

Topgrading (How To Hire, Coach and Keep A Players) by Brad Smart

Personal habit that contributes to success: Work hard. “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”

Ice breaker for new donor prospect: Always start with a “Thank You” for what they have done, and follow up with something discussed in their discovery call.

Best piece of advice ever received: AFI. AFM. “Ask for it. Ask for more.”

If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it?:

For work: Visiting a donor.

For personal time: Hiking.

Contact info: ryan2@clemson.edu