Clemson G. Turregano earned his bachelor’s degree from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina with honors in Political Science. As an Army officer, he continued his education at Syracuse University, earning a Masters of Public Administration, Master of Political Science and completing his PhD in Political Science. He later completed a degree in Strategy and Security Studies at the US Army War College. Clemson retired from the US Army after 24 years of service, including 3.5 years in the South Carolina National Guard.
During his military career, Clemson served as an Armor officer, Assistant Professor at West Point, Commander of 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, and completed his career as a Professor of National Security at the US Naval War College. He has led units in operations in Egypt, Germany, Slovenia, Kosovo, Bosnia, and Serbia. He has also served in a civilian capacity in Afghanistan and Iraq. Following retirement, Clemson worked for the Center for Creative Leadership for over 16 years, serving as a Coaching Practice Leader, Government Vertical Manager, Dean of Faculty and programs in Brussels, and finally as the Global Director for the Center’s global leadership portfolio.
Clemson has three key roles he enjoys now. He is the Founder and CEO of Global Leadership Services, an international leadership development and services consulting firm. In this role, Clemson travels the world working with leaders at every level of the corporate, government, and nonprofit pyramid. As a leadership development professional and executive coach, he has trained on every continent and in over 30 different countries. His second role is serving as the Leadership Professor of Practice at The Citadel in Charleston SC. In this role he has been working with the Krause Center for Ethics and Service as well as the Department of Leadership Studies, building online and in-person development programs at the graduate level. His third role is training new Emergency Disaster Managers as the staff development officer for a non-profit collegiate consortium dedicated to humanitarian service and education. In this role he helps plan and execute the leadership events of the largest full immersion disaster simulations in the United States.
Clemson is an active member of the Spartanburg Rotary Club of Spartanburg South Carolina and a Paul Harris Fellow. He is a Life Member of the Military Officers’ Association, the Citadel Alumni Association, and the Army War College Foundation. He has written extensively on leadership and will be publishing a book on ‘The Myths of Leadership’ in 2024. This work brings together almost 4 decades of leadership experience and insight.
He has been married to Susan for 38 years, has two children and one grandchild. He enjoys motorcycling, traveling, and paddleboarding.