Stephanie Ellison is approaching her eighth full year as an associate athletic director for compliance services. The native of Pendleton, SC returned to Clemson in October 2003 after serving as the director of legislative services and assistant to the commissioner at the Southern Conference. While at the Southern Conference, Ellison was responsible for tracking NCAA legislative proposals, and served as the staff liaison to various conference associations and sports committees, including the conference Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), the Executive Committee, the Finance and Audit Committee, and the volleyball and men's and women's track & field committees.
Prior to her time with the Southern Conference, Ellison served as the director of compliance and the assistant compliance officer at George Mason University.
Ellison began her career in compliance services at Clemson, where she was a graduate assistant from August 1999 to May 2001. Her responsibilities included collecting and reporting student-athlete data, as well as administering NCAA and ACC forms to enrolled student-athletes. Ellison also provided interpretations of NCAA legislation and served as a liaison to the NCAA Clearinghouse. She also served on the SACS/COC Assessment Committee. Ellison developed forms used in monitoring activities and assisted in coordinating NCAA's athletics certification orientation visit. As an undergraduate, she worked as a student assistant with the football office.
A May 1998 graduate of Clemson with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Ellison also completed a master's degree in Human Resource Development at Clemson in May 2001. The 1994 Pendleton High School Honor Graduate is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Ellison is married to Ferrante Johnson and the couple has one daughter, Hayden.