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Clemson hires WVU president to replace Barker

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CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Clemson University's Board of Trustees has selected the next person who will serve as president.

James "Jim" Clements was chosen to replace James Barker, who announced he would retire back in April.

"Dr. Clements is a distinguished scholar, a nationally recognized voice in higher education and a proven leader who understands the unique mission of land-grant universities," said board Chairman David Wilkins. "We are confident he is the right person to lead Clemson University to the next level as a great public research university."

Clements has degrees from University of Maryland Baltimore County and Johns Hopkins University. Before becoming president at West Virginia, Clements served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Towson University, the second-largest public university in Maryland.

According to a letter Clements issued to WVU announcing his departure, he served as president in Morgantown for almost five years.

"When my family arrived at WVU we didn't realize how much we would fall in love with the state and the university," Clements said in the letter. "Beth and I knew that it would be very difficult for any university to convince us to leave WVU. However, Clemson is a university that is very special to our family. Beth's family lives near the university and her two brothers, and a sister-in-law, are graduates of Clemson."

During Clements' tenure at WVU, the school joined the Big 12 in athletics, the university was in the midst of nearly $1 billion in capital projects, 25,473 students graduated from the university and the school set records private fundraising, enrollment and research funding.

Clements is secretary and chairman-elect of the Council of Presidents of the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU), which places him on the executive committee. BOth Clemson and WVU are land-grant universities.

He also is co-chairman of the APLU Energy Forum, chairman of the American Council on Education's (ACE) Commission on Leadership and a member of the Business Higher Education Forum that includes Fortune 500 CEOs and higher education executives. He was also the only university president selected for a 15-member Innovation Advisory Board to the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was also nominated and participated in the 81st Joint Civilian Orientation Conference through the U.S. Department of Defense.

Clements and his wife Beth have four children: Tyler, twin daughters Hannah and Maggie, and Grace.

Barker announced in April he would retire after serving 14 years as president. He said he will return to teaching in the School of Architecture

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