College of Health, Education and Human Development

HEHD Staff Spotlight: Regina Carroll

Regina Carroll, HEHD Chief Business Officer, Clemson University College of Health, Educaiton, and Human Develolpment Name: Regina Foster Carroll
Title: HEHD Chief Business Officer
Department/Unit:  HEHD Business Office

What is your role within HEHD? Describe a typical day at work. It’s my job to manage the business and human resources functions of the college.  My position is all about customer service, training, and compliance.  Often, my day begins at 7:00 am with a greeting for our building custodian, Ginny.  From there, I move from reports, to phone calls, to meetings, to e-mails a-plenty and in no particular order.  “Boredom” is a word that’s seldom (if ever) heard in my position and I love it!  No two days are ever the same.

What do you like best about your job? I like the challenges that come from working with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and administrators.  I truly believe that I currently have the “dream job” for Business Officers at Clemson.

What's the most interesting thing that has ever happened to you at work? In almost 20 years, there have been quite a few “interesting” moments at work on this campus.  I’ve been chased down for a kiss on the cheek at a departmental Christmas party by a very UGLY masked man who turned out to be my new boss.  While very pregnant along with a co-worker in the same office, the entire Business Center dressed up at Halloween as pregnant women (including two men).  In the picture, you can’t tell who is really pregnant.  My office has been “trashed” by co-workers to celebrate my birthday.  I’ve worked in the dark for three days during a power outage.  I’ve watched exploding golf carts outside my window.  I’ve watched it “rain” on one side of the building while it’s sunny on the other thanks to fire department exercises where they spray water off the top of the building.  I’ve hunkered down in the fall-out shelter basement of the P&A Building while a tornado passed by.  To say the least, working at Clemson can be quite interesting at times.

Tell us about your family. My husband, Tracey, and I have been married for 20 years on September 1st this year.  We have one son, Todd, who is 12 years old and three horses.  We live on a small family farm with a total of eight horses.  My husband’s parents live right across the road and his grandfather lives next door and I love it!  My parents live nearby and we all attend church faithfully at Hopewell Baptist in Seneca.  I am actively involved in the choir, sing special music alone and with others, and sometimes teach adult Sunday School classes.  I have an older brother, Lane Foster, and an older sister, Janice Foster McLeod.

Please list your favorite(s).

Hobby: Horseback riding and reading
Book: I love to read and don’t necessarily have a favorite book.  I read a lot of Christian romance and other Christian fiction books.
Movie:  “Gone with the Wind” would have to top the list but I like to watch all sorts of movies (unless they are filled with vulgarity and foul language) including animated films.
Electronic gadget:  I’d have to say my laptop computer.   Technology is progressing so fast, I’m beginning to feel like my parents did when they introduced VCR’s and cell phones.  Thank goodness for an almost-teenager in the house to help out the “old folks”!
Vacation destination: Myrtle Beach – Lakewood Campground
Music or musical genre: Country, southern gospel, 80’s rock, pop, easy listening – truly I like most music with the exception of opera and rap.
Previously owned vehicle:  1985 Nissan 300ZX – I loved that car!
Influential person: My mother AND my mother-in-law.
Person with whom you would like to have a conversation: Jesus Christ
Thing that makes you smile:  Sleeping children, good clean jokes, and a smile on someone else’s face.
Advice received: The Golden Rule:  Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.
Advice to give: Work to live and don’t live to work.  Life’s too short.  Enjoy your family while you can.  And have fun at work!  You spend too much time there not to enjoy it.  Make it enjoyable for others when possible.

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