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Clemson president undergoes quintuple bypass surgery

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Clemson University President James Barker talks to the media during a press conference at CUICAR. (File/FOX Carolina) Clemson University President James Barker talks to the media during a press conference at CUICAR. (File/FOX Carolina)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Clemson University President James Barker underwent quintuple bypass surgery Friday morning.

Barker said in a statement released Thursday that doctors discovered blockages in his heart during an exam, which required triple bypass surgery. However, in a statement released Friday afternoon, Barker's wife, Marcia, said her husband ended up needing five bypasses instead.

"Otherwise, there were no surprises," Marcia Barker said. "Well, it may have been a surprise to see that he's orange on the inside, too!"

The president said he delegated his responsibilities to Provost Doris Helms, who was authorized by the Board of Trustees Friday morning via a resolution to assume his duties and manage the business operations of the university while he recovers.

James Barker said in his statement that he expected to be hospitalized for about a week, followed by a period of leave to complete his recovery.

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