Meet Claiborne

Claiborne LinvillC. Claiborne Linvill has lived in Clemson, S.C., since 2005. During that time, she served as PR and Marketing Director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, where she was involved in the Lake Hartwell Tourism Alliance. She also taught public relations classes at Clemson University. She is the founder and president of Rock Creek Communications, a marketing consultancy that serves several clients at Clemson University as well as many Upstate-area businesses. She is also a senior strategist and writer for ALINE, based in Spartanburg. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Claiborne has a B.A. in Communication from Wake Forest University and an M.A. in Professional Communication from Clemson University.

Claiborne has dedicated time and energy to several nonprofit organizations in Clemson and Pickens County. She is on the Executive Board of the Community Foundation of Greater Clemson and was appointed to the Keep Pickens County Beautiful committee by Pickens County Council in 2020. She ran the Reflections for the Arts program of the PTA at Lakes & Bridges Charter School, and previously chaired the International Festival and served as Vice President of the PTA at Clemson Elementary. She has volunteered as a Girl Scout Daisy Leader, a Cub Scout Webelo Den Leader, and as a Central-Clemson Rec assistant softball coach. Claiborne served on the PTO and board of the Episcopal Day School, and served on the Communications Committee for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Along with a group of retired teachers, Claiborne was a member of the founding committee of Lakes & Bridges Charter School, the first public, tuition-free school in the Southeast for children with dyslexia. Starting a new nonprofit school in the Upstate required working with government officials, local business and education leaders, city employees, and charitable organizations. Thanks to the committee’s hard work and a unique partnership with Pickens County Schools, Lakes & Bridges opened in 2018 and now serves 200 children in Easley.

Claiborne is a member of the City of Clemson’s Leadership Clemson Class of 2015 and a member of the South Carolina Democratic Party’s James E. Clyburn Political Fellowship Class of 2021.

Claiborne is married to Darren Linvill, who is an associate professor of Communication at Clemson and the son of Nancy Linvill, retired teacher from Central Elementary and R.C. Edwards, and the late Dale Linvill, CU Emeritus Professor. Darren and Claiborne have two daughters: Sylvia attends R.C. Edwards in Central, and Amelia attends Lakes & Bridges Charter School in Easley. They live with their rescue dog, Cosmo.

When not running lots of carpools, Claiborne enjoys going on hikes throughout the Upstate, taking dance classes, traveling, reading, and playing board games.


Claiborne with other board members of the Community Foundation of Greater Clemson
Claiborne gathered with fellow Board members of the Community Foundation of Greater Clemson. Claiborne was proud to be an assistant coach for the 10U All-Star Softball team from Central-Clemson after 2 years of co-coaching her daughter Sylvia's teams.


Claiborne presenting at the opening of Lakes and Bridges Charter School Claiborne and Darren at Todd's Creek in Central, SC
With fellow founding school members, Claiborne welcomed new parents to the opening of Lakes & Bridges Charter School in Easley. Claiborne and her husband, Darren, enjoy hiking in the Upstate, including this favorite hike along Todd's Creek in Central.


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