Clemson University has selected West Virginia University’s president to be its next leader, according to a news release Monday.
James P. “Jim” Clements was selected by the board of trustees to succeed James F. Barker, who announced plans to retire in April after serving 14 years as president. Barker will remain on the faculty of the School of Architecture.
“We are confident he is the right person to lead Clemson University to the next level as a great public research university,” board Chairman David Wilkins said in a statement.
Prior to assuming the WVU presidency, Clements served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Towson University, the second-largest public university in Maryland.
“Clemson is viewed as being among the very best in the country in terms of relationships with the community. I look forward to working very hard to help build the existing partnerships and to create new ones,” says Clements. “I really believe that the only way we can win is by working together as one team.”
Under his leadership, WVU has set records in private fundraising, enrollment and research funding, the release said. Through university and public-private partnerships, nearly a billion dollars worth of capital improvements are under way on campus, in WVU’s health care system and in the community.