Clemson donor gives $2.5 million to athletics


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Michael Nieri, who received his degree in construction management in Clemson’s College of Architecture in 1986, has pledged the fifth Cornerstone Gift to Clemson Athletics. His gift of $2.5 million will go to the development of a new student-athlete academic and life skills enrichment area in the Memorial Stadium WestZone.

"I am so thankful to Michael Nieri and his family for their generous support of Clemson athletics,” said President James P. Clements. “Giving our student-athletes the resources they need to be successful off the field is just as important as developing their skills on the field, and that’s what the Nieri family is enabling us to do with their gift.”

The Clemson Athletic Cornerstone Program is a vital part of the new athletics facilities initiative. With new facilities, upgrades and rebuilds planned for or underway at football, basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer and academic support, it is the most comprehensive change to the facilities of athletics ever undertaken at Clemson.

This cornerstone gift is part of Clemson University’s “The Will to Lead” capital campaign to raise $1 billion to support Clemson students and faculty with scholarships, professorships, facilities, technology and enhanced opportunities for learning and research.

Michael is the president and founder of Great Southern Homes, headquartered in Columbia, S.C. Great Southern Homes specializes in residential homebuilding and built/sold over 600 homes in multiple markets around the southeast in 2015. Michael Nieri and Great Southern Homes was recently named homebuilder of the year in South Carolina.

“We’re so appreciative of Michael and Robyn’s commitment to Clemson and this generous donation,” IPTAY CEO Davis Babb said. “Their support of IPTAY through this gift will allow for future generations of Clemson student-athletes to continue to achieve at high levels both on the fields of competition and in the classroom.”

Michael is married to Robyn Nieri, a graduate of East Carolina, and they have three children: Pennington, Maigan and Patrick. Pennington received his degree from Clemson in construction science and management in 2015. He's engaged to Katherine Jaco, a 2015 graduate in civil engineering. Maigan Nieri is majoring in education and Patrick is majoring in construction science. Both are sophomores at Clemson.

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