Deputy Chief of Staff
An accomplished leader and emerging higher education scholar, Kyra Lobbins plays a key role in the overall leadership, direction and national reputation of Clemson University.
Currently in her seventh year at Clemson, Lobbins serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff and works closely with President Clements and Vice President & Chief of Staff Allen on the university’s strategic initiatives. She provides expert liaison, policy, and operational support to the President.
Lobbins’ role builds upon her responsibilities from her previous position as Director of the President’s Leadership and Strategic Initiatives, which included developing the President’s Leadership Institute (PLI). She has spoken nationally on PLI’s success and popularity with faculty and staff at Clemson, and has consulted with other universities on creating a similar model. Lobbins also works with top business and industry leaders as coordinator of the President’s Advisory Board. Most recently, she was named to the Clemson Chamber Board, the Greenville Chamber Advisory Board, and has been recognized as one of Greenville’s Best and Brightest 35 and Under.
Lobbins came to Clemson in August 2013 after a national search to be part of the Clemson Athletics Department as the Director of Student Athlete Development. She led a team of
professionals in helping student athletes across 16 sports develop professional and leadership skills in preparing them for life beyond college athletics before being tapped to work for
Lobbins is currently working on her Ph.D. in educational leadership. She previously earned an MBA from the University of Akron in 2015, a master’s in sport management from Northern Illinois University in 2011, and a bachelor’s degree in communication in 2008.