CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The chairman of the West Virginia University Board of Governors said Monday Clemson was “relentless” in its pursuit of WVU President Jim Clements to be its next president.

Clements took the job and was introduced Monday.

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WVU BOG Chairman Jim Dailey II says Jim Clements was much sought after.

WVU BOG Chairman Jim Dailey II told MetroNews Clemson wasn’t the only university seeking Clements to be its next president.

“He was sought after by many other institutions over this country over the last several months,” Dailey said.

Clements’ 5 years in Morgantown have been record-setting when it comes to enrollment, fundraising and research and other universities noticed Dailey said. He believes Clements has improved the profile of the president’s job in Morgantown and that will bring top flight candidates to replace him.

“It’s an outstanding job to recruit for,” Dailey predicted Monday. “I think that’s been demonstrated by some of the new hires that Jim has brought on to the university.”

Dailey said Clements spoke with him about the Clemson job assuring him that he loved WVU but couldn’t pass up the Clemson position for a number of reasons including the future needs of his special needs daughter Grace.

“As a family it has to be upmost in their minds because it’s a lifelong commitment for them and their entire family. Not just Jim and Beth alone, but their entire family that surrounds that special child of theirs,” Dailey said.

The family of President Clements’ wife, Beth, lives near the campus. She’s had 2 brothers and a sister-in-law to graduate from Clemson.

In his letter to WVU, Clements said his daughter GraceĀ “has been surrounded by loving and kind friends. However, as she enters the next phase of her life we believe that having her extended family close to her is something that will be very important.”

Chairman Dailey said the WVU Board of Governors would next appoint an interim president and then decide on how it will search for the university’s 24th president. Dailey, for one, believes the next person needs to have the same high-energy and drive that Clements has had the last 5 years.

“That’s the type of individual that we need because things have been so good and the people are working so well together,” Dailey said.


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  • smitty13

    Thanks for the five years that brought us the wonderful luck and holgie show! How about taking them with you!!!! Lets start over, clean house, new beginning!!!

  • Jason

    I don't blame a man for going where his career takes him, but the reasons in his letter left me scratching my head. So his wife has two brothers and a sister in law who are Clemson alums. But he has two daughters who are current WVU students and other children enrolled in WV high schools. It seems that his immediate family has stronger ties to West Virginia!

    I'll take the Stewarts, Nehlens, Pastilongs, and Huggins' who are committed to staying and building WVU in the long term over searching for the best national talent, paying them a ton of money, and having them leave in a few years when the next job comes calling. How can we make long term plans when the University President, the AD, and the head football coach are all in flux?

  • Greg

    People change jobs all the time people. Get over the negativity. If I'm not mistaken I had two presidents during my four years at WVU. As a matter of fact my diploma is signed by Dr Gene Budig who went on become the American League President of MLB. So I guess you could say that he went on to bigger and better things. I hope Dr Clements does the same. WVU will find someone just as good or better I'm sure.

  • David

    I'm a Clemson alumni just trying to find out some information about our new president. Jim Barker was a great president, and it appears that we got another great president in Jim Clements. Jim Barker stepped down after 14 years as president because he wanted to return to his roots of being an architecture professor. I don't blame him for doing so. I don't take it as an insult. My oldest daughter is an architecture major at Clemson, and I couldn't be more excited for her. I can't believe that some WVU fans would fault a man for doing what he believes is in his best interest and the best interest of his family. One supporter said he ran for the money, but he will be making exactly the same money at Clemson that he made at WVU. This just happens to be about $300,000 more than President Barker made. Your President didn't run for the money, he just made some decisions he thought best for his family, and I respect that greatly. A lot of folks here in South Carolina consider Clemson to be a hillbilly school even though US News and World Report has us listed in the top 25 of public universities. I'm excited to get president elect Clements, and I'm sure that WVU will also get a great replacement.

    • Oh Did Ya?

      Jim and Beth Clements are as genuine, sincere and all around good people as you will find. Jim is liked by all - students, donors, faculty. It's hard to find someone that will find much fault in him. I wish he and his family nothing but the best!

      • Hal Varian

        No... you wish him and his family nothing but the best...

    • Fentanyl Bomb

      Welcome, David.

      I wholeheartedly think Clemson is getting a great President-elect. Our loss is your gain.

      To this quote, "I can't believe that some WVU fans would fault a man for doing what he believes is in his best interest and the best interest of his family."

      Haters gonna hate.

      Come on back and let us know how this transition works out for you and your University.

      Take care.

  • Big_Daddy_Kane

    This is to all of you posters who are writing negative toward former President Clements:

    Did you not read any part of the article that provided the primary reason he is leaving?

    Why would you think a person who has no ties to the state would not pass up an opportunity to continue his career while being closer to family. Not to mention it is very possible Clemson may be a better paying job. I've been to Clemson -- and let me say this -- as much as I love Morgantown -- Clemson is a fantastic town, campus in a much better climatic region with great lakes and mountains.

    Why would you post something like "don't let the door hit you in the......." This man as WVU's President that past 5 years did fantastic work. He elevated the expectations of the position of WVU President.

    • Fentanyl Bomb

      This man is a proven leader and his skills are valued in this economy. I wish President Clements the best and hope that others can do so, as well. As to his replacement, I hope that we have many good candidates to choose from.

      Unfortunately, there are many on this board that see WVU only in 2D. Football and Basketball.

  • me

    This was kept hush hush. surprise!

  • In da stickes

    There will never be a shortage of great candidates for this position. College Ave said it well. Dr. Clements left another place to come here. Get over it. He served the University well and we thank him for his service.

    • Art in Ohio

      I agree. We will continue to grow with the new president.. Job well done and I also thank you for your service to our great university

  • Bill

    Thanks for a job well done. Your successor at our great State University will have big shoes to fill.

  • President Clements

    Geez...why so salty? I think sometimes people think that a person isn't allowed to take another position to be closer to family. I wonder how you'd feel if one of you took another position somewhere and you were told to "not let the door hit you where the Good Lord split ya?" I'd bet that several would sing a different tune. But who am I than just to introduce a little friendly jab and fellow West Virginian's.

  • wvrefugee

    So, what the heck were the BOG doing to try to retain him???????? $$$$$$$????? They were too busy trying to jockey for position for their own personal interests!! Huge loss for us and THIS BOG has been a Huge FAIL!

  • College Ave

    Can't blame the man for taking a job that he and his wife believe to be better for them and their family.

    We West Virginians need to stop taking it personally when someone decides to leave here.

    • Charleston,WV

      That is a very well stated comment! Kudos!

  • George

    You have done a great job at WVU. God bless enjoy Clemson and your family.

  • So long Jimmy!

    WOW! After expecting Oliver Luck to take the money and run, President Clement is the one who actually did the deed!

    Oh well, have fun in Clemson! Don't let the screen door hit you on your way out!

    More and more 'professionals' taking the hillbilly highway out of West Virginia to find a better job.

    • Joe

      Completely out of line comment. President Clements has done a fantastic job, and from the article it appears he has a special needs child who will greatly benefit from the move closer to his wife's family.

      Not sure why you would have such a chip on your shoulder regarding a father looking out for his family.

      Best of luck, Mr. Clements. A job well done.

    • appikid

      Maybe there is a reason for that! Think about it! Good luck Dr. Clements! And Thank you for your time here!