Clay Clinedinst was born and raised in Shenandoah County, graduated from Central High School, went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree from Ferrum Junior College and graduated from Eastern Mennonite University. He has spent time in the military and has since found his calling in working with children.
In fact, most of Mr. Clinedinst’s career has been focused on children. He began working for the Tempe Center for rehabilitation, assisting with disabled kids and adults. He also worked with children and adults at Grafton School locally. Most recently he has worked with social services and child protective services.
About six years ago, Mr. Clinedinst was looking for a change when he was approached by one of the dorm counselors at a military boarding school--Randolph-Macon Academy--about an open position. He took advantage of the opportunity and enjoyed it thoroughly.
Mr. Clinedinst’s love of sports has also been a part of his experience at R-MA, as he coached the junior varsity boys’ basketball team for the first time in 2009-10. In high school, Mr. Clinedinst played football and basketball, and ran track. In college he played baseball and basketball. One of the highlights of his career was being an assistant girls’ basketball coach, leading the girls to win the Single A State Title in Virginia; they were the first team to do so in the history of Central High.
Mr. Clinedinst likes working with kids because he says that it “keeps you young.” He feels that he is well-equipped to handle his job as dorm supervisor because he grew up in a big family; now he is part of the “R-MA family.”
- Eastern Mennonite University