Sunny Dueland has been passionate about leadership her entire life. She graduated from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BS in Child, Youth, and Family Studies in which she had a minor in Leadership and Communication. She furthered her degree and joined the Master of Science program at Clemson University. Here she studied Youth Development Leadership and was the coordinator of Student Athlete Development and the Co-advisor of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Along with her present position in the Clemson University Athletic Department she is also a curriculum designer for the Jon Gordon Companies. Sunny is responsible for designing a 21-chapter leadership playbook for Jon Gordon’s book, Hard Hat. Moreover, she worked vigorously to produce reflective activities to guide personal enhancement and team growth while incorporating leadership theories and ideas.
Prior to joining the Clemson Family Sunny began her leadership journey as a student athlete at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. While there, she was the Co-Captain of the Rifle team, and was able to balance both athletics and academics. She was recognized as a Nebraska Scholar Athlete, which is the highest distinction and received the Howard and Judy Vann outstanding student leader award. During her time as a student athlete Sunny became an intern at the Nebraska Athletics life and skills department. There she became involved in SAAC and organizing things such as career fairs, and professional development opportunities for the department.
Following her graduation Sunny became an NCAA Postgraduate intern in the leadership development Unit. While there, Sunny aided in planning, management, and facilitation of 14 leadership development programs. Moreover, she developed and executed two NCAA programs as the primary administrator serving over 150 participants.
Since Sunny’s arrival at Clemson University she has excelled in Student Athlete Development, moving from a position of a Graduate Assistant within the department to the Director of Student Athlete Development. As director, Sunny manages the budget of the department and overseas the rest of her staff so that the department runs smoothly. Sunny’s in depth background in leadership development has made her a great addition to the Clemson Family.
January 15, 2021