Psychology graduate becomes president of American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Psychology alumnus Carl McClary, a nationally renowned document examiner, became president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in February 2021.

“My time at UofSC afforded me the ability to collaborate and socialize with many different types of people,” McClary says. “It started me off on the right foot. I learned how to come to a consensus with other individuals.”  

McClary’s mother and sister are artists, and he uses his creativity in the way he approaches his scientific work.

“I grew up around paper and ink,” McClary says. “I saw a job posting about getting to work with those same materials, and I knew immediately that was something I wanted to do.” 

In his presidency, McClary has worked to uphold the AAFS mission to provide collaborative research, quality education and recognize leadership to advance forensic science. He helped implement a strategic plan that included a rebranding initiative and website overhaul, pivoting to digital and hybrid conference models, and continuing to digitize content into an on-demand format — making it easier for those domestically and internationally to gain access. 

Read the full story, written by Rose Cisneros, on the university website.

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