CLEMSON, S.C. —
Jim Clements has been named the 15th president of Clemson University.
Clemson Board of Trustees Chairman David Wilkins announced the board’s selection Monday. Clements has been president of West Virginia University since 2009.
Clements succeeds Jim Barker, who announced in April that he planned to retire after 14 years and become an architecture professor at the school.
Wilkins says Clements is the right fit for Clemson, adding he understands the unique mission of land-grant universities. Clements is chairman-elect of the Council of Presidents of the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities.
James W. Dailey II, chairman of the West Virginia University Board of Governors, said Monday, “Since the hiring of Jim Clements in 2009, West Virginia University has experienced unprecedented success in many areas – private giving, enrollment, academics, research funding, health care, community service, economic development and so much more. Of course he will say it is because he has had a great team, but it’s more than that.
"Jim is a natural born leader – someone who understands the higher education climate. He is committed to excellence. He stands for integrity and is a champion for this University and its diverse audiences – from students and their parents, to faculty and staff, to donors and funders, to city, state and federal lawmakers, to opinion leaders, to our state’s citizens and others.
"The bottom line: He understands how a public land-grant University changes lives — and he has brought people together to make that mission a very powerful one on our campus.
"I want to personally thank him for his leadership and vision, as well as his friendship. And on behalf of the WVU Board of Governors and a grateful University, we wish Jim and Beth – and the entire Clements family – all the best as they transition to a new home at Clemson University.