Kim A. Wilkerson

Kim A. Wilkerson, Clemson University

Kim A. Wilkerson

Chair, Board of Trustees
Clemson University

Wilkerson joined the Clemson University Board of Trustees in July 2011.  She is the first female successor member of the Clemson University Board of Trustees, and she is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees for Clemson University.

Wilkerson retired after 42 years with Bank of America in March 2023.  In her role as South Carolina president for Bank of America, Kim Wilkerson was the bank’s enterprise leader and provided business, civic and philanthropic leadership across the state.  In her role as Columbia president, she delivered the resources and expertise of the entire company to our customers and clients, while growing revenue in the Columbia market, and representing Bank of America in the community.  Wilkerson also served as Managing Director and South Carolina Market Executive for the Bank of America Private Bank.  In this role, she led the overall efforts to serve the wealth management needs of high net worth individuals and families in South Carolina.

Wilkerson joined Bank of America’s predecessor bank, Bankers Trust, in 1980.  Over the course of her career, she held positions in the Credit Department, Small Business Lending, the Commercial Bank, Local Market Delivery, Business Banking, and the Private Bank. 

Wilkerson graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management.  She received her Six Sigma Sales Greenbelt designation in December 2003 and is a NASD Registered Principal with Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 securities licenses.

Active in civic affairs, Wilkerson most recently served on the Palmetto Business Forum, and was Chair for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.  Throughout her career, she has served on numerous boards including the Clemson University Foundation Board, the Clemson University Board of Visitors, and the South Carolina Bankers Association. 

Wilkerson received the Order of the Palmetto by Governor Henry McMaster, inducted as a 2023 Laureate into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame, recognized as one of the 30 most influential bankers in South Carolina by SCBIZ News, a member of the Columbia Business Monthly Hall of Fame, the Business Leader of the Year by the South Carolina Chamber, theLeader of Distinction Award by Leadership South Carolina, the Distinguished Service Award by the Clemson Alumni Association, a Distinguished Alumna by the College of Business & Behavioral Science of Clemson University and as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts.  She is married to Avery Wilkerson and they have two grown sons and three grandchildren.