The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

State News

November 11, 2013

Clements named president of Clemson University

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CLEMSON, S.C. — "The Clemson Tigers are getting a national-caliber leader who, we know, will always carry the Mountaineer spirit in is heart.

"In the coming days and weeks we will announce a plan for interim leadership, and then a permanent plan moving forward.”

Clements sent the following letter to the WVU community following Monday’s announcement of his appointment to lead Clemson University:

Almost five years ago my family and I moved to Morgantown, West Virginia. At that time we didn’t really know anyone in the state. We quickly learned that West Virginia is filled with wonderful, hard-working, loyal, and dedicated people – and that West Virginia University is made up of great faculty, staff, administrators, and students. I am so thankful and honored that I had the chance to serve with so many outstanding people in the pursuit of the important land-grant mission at WVU.

Together, we built momentum for our University. We have broken numerous records including many in enrollment, fundraising, and research. We have been blessed to have alumni and friends who give so much to make a difference in the lives of others. The support through private giving has been overwhelming. Our hospital system has grown significantly with WVU health care providers saving lives as they reach out to every corner of the state. Our extension program expanded, and continues to be recognized as the go-to place in the local communities. Although there is much more to do in terms of salaries and benefits for the faculty and staff, we have made critical gains in funding more competitive salaries. We are in the midst of nearly $1 billion in construction projects that will provide an enhanced learning environment, better research labs, patient care, and improved housing for our students. These projects are building a better future for the generations that follow us.

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