Family. Faith. Community.
Clements Family Puts Values Into Action
You never have to ask Mike Clements what is important to him. His actions say it all.
"Having an institution such as UT Tyler is a huge benefit to the local community and surrounding areas by providing such a high quality education to students locally." -- Mike Clements
"UT Tyler is like its own community. The professors are all very caring and want the students to succeed, while making the courses very challenging. It provides an excellent education ... right here in Tyler."
Clements' passion for faith, family and community permeates his life. In addition to running a successful business in the oil and gas industry, Clements, his wife Donna and family also support life-changing organizations in the community.
The University of Texas at Tyler is honored to be among them.
Clements has served on the Patriot Golf Classic Committee since 2008, even leading the event as vice chair and chair.
"The Patriot Classic is a great way to raise scholarships for students who need help," said the owner of Clements Fluids Management.
Also a member of the UT Tyler Development Board, Clements believes supporting the university helps the entire region.
"Having an institution such as UT Tyler is a huge benefit to the local community and surrounding areas by providing such a high quality education to students locally," he said. "The university connects outstanding graduates with local businesses. It also benefits the community through events held at the Cowan Center, lectures and sporting events. All these things really enrich the local community."
A Family of Fans
Support of UT Tyler is not just Clements' passion. It is a family affair. Mr. and Mrs. Clements' daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Chase Tarrant, both graduated from UT Tyler. Their other daughter, Abigail, attended the university. And even granddaughter Michaelann is a Patriots fan.
Mrs. Clements tells why: "UT Tyler is like its own community. The professors are all very caring and want the students to succeed, while making the courses very challenging. It provides an excellent education ... right here in Tyler."
Megan graduated from the UT Tyler School of Business and Technology with an accounting degree and played on the Patriots golf team. She is putting her education in finance and accounting into action for Clements Fluids Management.
Chase graduated in 2007 with a bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree, and was a UT Tyler baseball player. As a pitcher from 2004-2006, he has records for most saves and most appearances in a season.
Through the Clements Family Foundation, the family has established a UT Tyler scholarship endowment, which they grow each year.
Mr. and Mrs. Clements are members of the Patriot Classic Society, Gold Level – the highest level of philanthropic support for UT Tyler scholarships, said Deanna Sims, UT Tyler director of major gifts and advancement services.
"The Clements family not only gives but encourages others to give,'' Sims said. "We are grateful for their commitment to the university."
For the Love of Baseball
The family also supports the UT Tyler athletics program through the annual Clements Fluids Classic Baseball Tournament, which serves as the Patriots' season opener.
Clements, who played baseball throughout college, became impressed with the UT Tyler baseball program.
"The impact that Coach Vilade had on our future son-in-law was incredible,'' he said of former Patriots coach James Vilade. "The coach was a very positive influence in his life, as well as the other players. He encouraged the baseball team to get involved serving the community in events such as the Boys and Girls Club of East Texas Day for Kids and others. Because the baseball team gives so much to the community, we want to support them as well."
Chase was a member of the first baseball team in UT Tyler history in 2004. Today, he is operations manager for Clements Fluids Management.
"UT Tyler gave me the opportunity to obtain a degree in preparation for my current career in a management position, while giving me a chance to play baseball at the collegiate level," he said.
"The faculty and staff were very helpful and motivating and gave me the resources and knowledge to succeed in life after school. While attending UT Tyler, I was able to meet Megan. I would not be where I am today, if it was not for UT Tyler," added Chase, who proposed to his wife on the pitcher's mound during a UT Tyler baseball game at Irwin Field, after she threw the first pitch as special guest.
Foundation of Hope
Through the Clements Family Foundation, the family impacts lives at UT Tyler and beyond.
"We as a family have been extremely blessed in the East Texas area, and felt like we wanted to establish the foundation as a family to give back to the community," Mrs. Clements said. "Our family foundation was founded on this premise: Seeking to reflect God's unconditional love by providing vulnerable children and families with the resources necessary to empower them for success."
Daughter Abigail, who attended UT Tyler and graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in psychology, is administrator of the foundation, which supports efforts by the Boys and Girls Club of East Texas as well as UT Tyler.
"We like to focus on charities that help kids in need, whether it is for food, shelter or education," Mrs. Clements said.
Recently, the foundation combined these efforts by creating a scholarship to UT Tyler for eligible young people who work for the Boys and Girls Club of East Texas.
"We established the Boys and Girls Club scholarship because it is an organization with which we are closely involved and believe hugely benefits the community,'' said Clements. "There are quality kids who have been involved with the club, and we wanted them to have the opportunity to attend UT Tyler. It seemed like a great fit, benefiting both organizations."
The Clements family puts their compassion into action through involvement in the Boys and Girls Club, their church and other efforts that help the community. The university is proud this close-knit family is part of the UT Tyler family.
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