MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University President Jim Clements is the new president at Clemson University. Clements was introduced to a large crowd Monday morning on the campus of the South Carolina school.

“The bottom line is this–the board of trustees is convinced that we got the very best person to be our next president. He is the right fit for Clemson University,” Clemson Board of Trustees Chairman David Wilkins said just before he introduced Clements.

Clements, 49, wearing an orange tie, eagerly accepted the position.

“Clemson truly is a gem in higher ed,” he said. “It truly is. This is a real special place.”

Clements introduced his wife Beth and four children and praised Clemson for being a great family atmosphere.

He also told the crowd he would work hard.

“My mother used to tell me a lot of simple things. She said, ‘Jim, be a good person and make a difference.’ And I can promise that we will do our very best to help all of you working together to fill the vision set forth by Thomas Green Clemson,” he said.

Clements has been lauded for his role in fundraising at WVU and he promised Monday to help Clemson meet its stated goal in an ongoing capital campaign. He also predicted a Clemson football victory Thursday night against Georgia Tech.

Clements will replace outgoing Clemson President James Barker who has been in that role since 1999. 

Clements was hired to be WVU’s 23rd president in 2009.  At that time, he was provost at Towson University.

In his role at WVU’s president, Clements has chaired the boards of the West Virginia United Health System, the WVU Hospitals and the WVU Research Corporation.


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  • red

    “Beth and I pledge to continue serving WVU and our great state with the same passion and energy that brought us here,” Clements said. “This is our home, our children’s home. We are all Mountaineers, and we plan to be here for a very long time.”

  • red

    $775k to lead or to use to negotiate a new salary elsewhere? see http://www.exponent-telegram.com/article_f9730e78-a14b-11e1-9bc3-001a4bcf887a.html

  • red

    he plans to stay for a very long time . . . .


    http://www.exponent-telegram.com/article_f9730e78-a14b-11e1-9bc3-001a4bcf887a.html

  • susanf1218

    Greg, I don't even know William, nor do I know you. But judging from the comments you, Hal, and others make, I am glad to say that I don't know you because I don't think I would like you very much. You are very unpleasant, disagreeable people.

  • susanf1218

    Hal Varian, is your period button stuck on your computer? B/c you seem to use it a lot . . . to make your idiotic comments!!

  • Joe

    Inbred is completely an out of line statement. Grow up.

  • Joe

    +1

  • Joe

    Their homes?! They treated their residences like crap.

  • Charleston,WV

    I'll forgive you. Good Day.

  • Nostradamus' Understudy

    Yes Hal, you are the very proof of that.

  • Nobama

    Danny
    Obviously your degrees were not in literature because I never once mentioned "He sucks" or "He rocks".

  • Nobama

    Classified Staff:
    He rarely mentioned classified staff and never pushed for helping them. He was not for the little person and thought faculty could do no wrong. In reality most faculty couldn't wipe themselves without staff.

  • Justin

    surprised he didnt stay @ wvu with all these positive folks in wv. (sarcasm)

  • JaneM

    @Hal , you got it right about (William) Bill Stewart ...

  • JaneM

    Stewart IS the reason WVU has problems NOW, having to play freshmen and sophomores and JC transfers he left the cupboard empty... Train wreck most definitely

  • susanf1218

    Please don't
    agree w/me Hal - because you are wrong. YOU are the ridiculous one to whom I was referring.

  • susanf1218

    Hal and Charleston, your remarks make absolutely no sense. It is obviously impossible to have a polite, or even rational, discussion w/you. Go away now.

  • susanf1218

    Actually, Hal that remark was intended for you!

  • richard

    hal varian....just reading your posts let's me know you are an idiot.

  • Hal Varian

    You need to take your rapier wit... and argue with the guy who says I am... a Yinzer...

  • Hal Varian

    You are probably right... and it is compounded because most of these hoopies... have no idea how the program is progressing... or what it was saved from...

  • Hal Varian

    I am not insulting the state... the WVians calling it a hopeless stepping stone are... I am insulting them... and another seer has already called dibs on me being... a Buckeye...

  • Hal Varian

    Yes... Oliver was powerful enough to get the UT AD job to come open... but could not land it... it makes perfect sense.... not to mention that Clements... has flirted with Clemson... for a year...

  • Tim Canfield

    Does anyone find it odd that both Mr. Clements and Mr. Luck both tried to leave while the WVRC lawsuit is still going on? Plus throw in Wayne King suddenly "retiring" a few months back. I have a feeling that some very ugly and embarrassing facts are going to come out and they do not want to be here when they do.

  • Hal Jordan

    For those wondering where such a bitter little man like Hal Varian was spawned, look no further than 75 miles up the road to Pittsburgh. He's a yinzer. He's quick on the draw but thin on character. He's a rock thrower who lives to to get under your skin.....like a chigger. He's lonely and you only feed his fragile ego by replying to his insults at our great state. Ignore him.

  • martinsburg resident

    LMAO! Me too!

  • Big Larry

    And who are you again???

  • Slim

    One thing I wish Dr. Clemmens could have addressed is all the gay activity in STansbury hall lockerroom.

  • J the C

    William,,,sad goof!

  • tc

    Please take Mr. Bad Luck with you. I hope you the best. Sure you will do a great job and hope you enjoy your new job. It is a great place to be.

  • Hal Varian

    No... I'm wondering how fat... you actually are...

  • Danny

    Nobama: Have you anything specific to say about this? I have two degrees from WVU and have attended school here or worked here pretty much all the time since 1970 as faculty, staff, and FEAP. My feelings about Clemens's job are complex, but I will try to give my view on any point you might address--if you have a point at all. If it's merely "He sucks" or "He rocks," don't bother.

  • Big Larry

    Please take Huggins too...

  • Big Larry

    And Huggins...

  • Big Larry

    William,

    "Love your Work"

  • Big Larry

    WVU TRAIL OF FAILURE

    1. The WVU Board of Governors hires as president James P Clements who had no prior experience as a college President...

    2, James P. Clements hires athletic director Oliver Luck who had no prior experience as a college athletic director.

    3. Oliver Luck hires head football coach Dana Holgorsen who had no prior experience as a college head football coach.

    4. Dana Holgorsen hires defensive coordinator Joe DeForest who had no prior experience as a college defensive coordinator...

    And you are wondering where things went wrong?

  • Cardinal

    Best wishes to you President Clements!

  • College Ave

    Most people judge the effectiveness of a university president based on athletics. And that's not good.

    I'd say that's especially true here in WV. For the majority of West Virginians, WVU football and basketball is the only direct relationship with the university they have.

    If that's the case, it's pretty hard for most people to really know how well or poorly Jim Clements has done as president.

  • Hal Varian

    Or maybe because... he understands what it's like to have a career... with options... and is not an... inbred...

  • Hal Varian

    You randomly capitalize... The Country... Love... and Great.... Sucess [sic]... but not... i...

  • wvwisdom

    Why is Clements leaving? Clue: two Metro news stories today are more popular than the above article about his surprise departure: "Final WVSSAC Rankings" and "Class AAA 1st round pairings." In WV, high school football is more important than higher education.

  • Hal Varian

    Bill Stewart was a classic two-faced phony... he lied... he cheated... and he did not have near the class Dana has...

  • Hal Varian

    Joe Manchin is also... an idiot... aside from that I agree with you... up to your inbred loser... conclusion...

    WVU is a stepping stone because of attitudes like yours... we must admit it... then fix it...

  • Mike

    Please don't reply to Hal Varian. He's an obnoxious Ohio State Buckeye that thinks he's better than West Virginians.

  • Hal Varian

    West Virginians... I agree...

  • Hal Varian

    Thank you... Matt... I'm glad at least one other person... could see it...

  • Hal Varian

    Despite your incorrect... assumptions... that is the inbred attitude... that traps this state... in obese... semi-literacy...

  • Mike

    I now have a figured out. You have to be an Ohio State Buckeye fan. Only their obnoxiousness rises to your level. Go back to Ohio.

  • Hal Varian

    susan of the broken shift key... you are obviously... a megalomaniac... good job googling... it...

  • Hal Varian

    Jim did bully the students... he kicked out of their homes...

  • Mike

    You're not even a West Virginian or a WVU graduate. You're an outsider and not worth any more of my time.

  • Hal Varian

    You are a poor reader... it says "Lady" right... in her name...

  • Hal Varian

    Yes... because Jim owes more to WVU... than to himself... and his family.... Do you work... for WVU? ...

  • Hal Varian

    Do you work for... WVU? ...

  • Hal Varian

    ... and unlike Hardesty... Jim has done things at WVU to be a desirable candidate....

  • Hal Varian

    You didn't...

  • Hal Varian

    Everything I post is positive... you just don't like it because... you don't understand it... and sad life? ... I'm not the one who is... unemployable.... and unwilling to take a job....

  • Hal Varian

    Price of success... inbred... WVU generates $4 for $1 taken in...

  • Hal Varian

    WVU hires every day... there are jobs... just not the ones you want... like Dr. Jim...

  • Greg

    Perhaps WILLIAM has finally found the girlfriend he so desperately needs. Didn't they make a movie about that? Desperately Seeking Susan. And who'd have thought it wouldn't have been Match.com but MetroNews that brought them together!

  • Mike

    Too bad you didn't stay out of state. West Virginia doesn't need you.

  • Mike

    ....but we don't need obnoxious posts like yours.

  • Mike

    You're ignorant. Read the post again. I left because I was out of a job and couldn't find work in West Virginia. In fact, not that it is any of your business, but I was out of work for a year. Born here, graduated from WVU. Can you say the same, without flapping your brain.

  • Hal Varian

    That was... easy... can anyone see what I did... there?

  • Hal Varian

    I agree with susan of the broken shift key... you are ridiculous, Mike... go away....

  • Hal Varian

    Because this state needs people like me... intelligent, informed, self-confident... outsiders

  • Hal Varian

    You left for money... by your own admission... you showed your true colors... they are not old gold and blue...

  • wirerowe

    Beilein did not stick a knife in our back. he did a great job for us and took a better job in Michigan.

  • Charleston,WV

    Have a good night.

  • Charleston,WV

    Sorry for the typo: My questioning of your persona as a 'megalomanic' comes from the fact that you have some delusional sense of grandeur in defense of this "hack" who calls himself a mountaineer fan

  • Charleston,WV

    Okay, why are you defending someone who constantly derogates, denigrates, and all in between our land grant institution? Why? My questioning of your persona as a 'megalomanic' comes from the you have some delusional sense of grandeur in defense of this "hack" who calls himself a mountaineer fan. If you want to defend someone like that, than by all means, go ahead and kiss the cow. I'll choose not.

    P.s. Have a good night, and don't lose sleep of William, Larry and Curly.

  • Mike

    Hardesty stayed because he was an undergraduate student at WVU, Hardesty and was Student Body President. Someone that loves the state and the university will stay around for awhile.

  • Danny

    Nobama: Are you talking about faculty, classified staff, FEAP, or non-classified? I believe Clements's presidency has had quite different outcomes for the different classes of employee, and wonder whether you agree.

  • susanf1218

    You are ridiculous. Go away.

  • susanf1218

    Indeed you have, Sir!

  • susanf1218

    How, exactly did you arrive at the conclusion that I am a megalomaniac?? Unlike you, I can tolerate other people who may disagree w/me without resorting to calling them "trolls".

  • me

    Guess money talks and loyalty walks. Like someone said just a stepping stone

  • Wowbagger

    No, WVU under Clements has been taking advantage of West Virginia's good credit rating to suck up money at bargain rates to buy up and develop property in Morgantown. My problem is they are ultimately narrowing the tax base and threatening to raise my property taxes.

  • Curious

    That politics, through WVU, rules in WV.

  • Curious

    Agree completely.

  • Mike

    Do you ever post anything positive? Sad life.

  • Mike

    Compare the records. If you can do the math.

  • Mike

    Hal If you're in the state, why don't you leave?

  • Mike

    All misinformed comments are welcome.

  • Mike

    Hal Varian, I took less pay to return to my native state where I grew up. Only left because I couldn't get a job. So unless you are better informed, you should just keep quiet.

  • richard

    wow, that came out of the blue. does anyone have loyalty to WVU anymore? wait, I know of one person who would have given his heart and soul to this school-----RIP COACH STEW. at least you were loyal, but the very ones who got rid of you are either leaving or want to leave!!!

  • cutty77

    People all over The Country Love WVU people. I wish Jim and Beth Great Sucess. Another reason i liked him,he told Joe Man.to shove it too.

  • Hal Varian

    It makes perfect sense... Your obtuseness... is the problem...

  • wvrefugee

    Duh!!! He was "told" to hire Luck by Drew Payne and his cronies! Poor guy got beat up by Raese ever since!

  • Hal Varian

    Ok... I see what I am dealing with... and hope that you are not a WVU alumni...

  • wvrefugee

    Not sure who you are referring to? Maybe you're one of the slum lords of Morgantown he made mad by his aggressive buildings projects??? He is a great guy and will be missed. My only problem was just last week he told a group that "I love this place!"

  • clay

    I remember folks whining about how much money he was being paid... mainly from other wvu faculty and staff who were not seeing salary increases they felt they were entitled to. I guess we know why he was being paid so well (by WV standards) as research, enrolement and fund raising all set new records. It seems the best and the brightest are destined to leave our state for greener pastures....

  • mark

    I've met him and he seemed like a fine fellow. However, they are all whores. (i.e. Rich R., Oliver L. etc.) There is simply NO loyalty anymore.

  • Shadow

    Did he hire OL?

  • Hal Varian

    Thank you... I was there last Monday night...

  • The Professor

    And what exactly was his point?

  • Doug

    Your name actually made sense to your parents as they named you?

  • Brian

    Not really Motown.... as much as it honestly pains me to say this:
    Stepping stone
    Stepping stone
    Stepping stone.
    Will we ever be more than this??

  • Matt

    Stewart was a trainwreck

  • Matt

    LOL Hal miss you on the scout boards.

  • Low Rider

    Kenny,

    Joe Manchin does not have the academic qualifications to be prez of the university. Typically you need a PHD or Law Degree. Mrs. Puskar is not qualified. Gaston Caperton at age 73 is too old.

    WVU needs to conduct a national search like it did when it hired Clemens, and get a dynamic leader for the U. We will always be a stepping stone for other universities, but that is who we are. Having said that, Hardesty stayed on as WVU president for a long time.

  • Medman

    hal, Do you actually know where the Mason-Dixon line is? Your post makes no sense.

  • Medman

    Clemson's first pick accepted the job and then backed-out.

  • Hal Varian

    He actually looks a little bit like Beilein... who also stuck a knife in our backs...

  • Hal Varian

    Moving below the Mason Dixon Line does not mean he suddenly owns his family...

  • Hal Varian

    Unlike susan of the broken shift key... I understand your P.S... and, yes... it does...

  • Rob

    Will certainly be missed. Best Wishes to the Clements' family.

  • Hal Varian

    For all of you butt hurt and calling for administrators who "want to be here" and (like you) would never leave the state... decades of those people is why WVU is... a stepping stone...

  • Charleston,WV

    Mrs. Susan F: Your comments apply to both sides. Never did I say that William couldn't post a comment on here. I was simply commenting on his monotony of cut and paste comments of negativity that he daily posts here on the WV metronews site. It does become boorish when you make these comments day in and day out. Oh Well, that's my two cents. Misery meet Company; William, SusanF1218.

    P.s. If I am a sycophant, does that make you a megalomanic?

  • Hal Varian

    HCDH is taking the blame from you Hoopies... for cleaning up Stew's train wrecking WVU football...

  • Eerfan

    Record fundraising levels. If he was turning the donors away, I sure missed it!
    Jim and Beth Clements will truly be missed. Best wishes to them and their family on this new chapter in their lives.

  • Hal Varian

    Clemson is not the ACC and... an individual is not a university... What a bunch of insecure hoopies...

  • Hal Varian

    WV is not a state and Appalachia is not a culture conducive to retaining.... high quality leaders...

  • Hal Varian

    I'm sure Jim appreciates that... and will post his thank yous when he reads... wait...

  • Hal Varian

    That has nothing to do... with William's very valid point...

  • Free Markets

    Unfortnately, WVU cannot keep good leaders....anywhere. From Health Sciences to Stewart Hall.

    This is a sad day for WVU.

  • Hal Varian

    Unless you work for the University with no intention of leaving... you are a hypocrite...

  • Hal Varian

    That actually made sense to you as you typed it?

  • Hal Varian

    No, it's a loss for WVU because now the state of WV will try to suck the university back down to its level. Too much forward thinking, too much ambition, and too much embracing "outsiders" for WVians comfort...

  • Doug

    So WVU academics were not good enough to get into the ACC but the president from WVU is?

  • Hal Varian

    I'm not going to lie... that orange tie rankles me...

  • Hal Varian

    Tidbit: Mike Garrison was the original inspiration for South Park's Mr. Garrison.

  • Debra

    I think Joe Manchin would rather be president of the United States, not president of WVU.

  • Hal Varian

    Clements was everything WVU needs, because he is everything WV... is not. I hope we do as well hiring his replacement... and that the Old Boys (and Gals) keep their noses out of it.

  • derek

    Take Huggs anyday of the week bud.

  • Hal Varian

    Exactly. William has every right to public exhibit his stupidity... just like susan1218 (whose shift key is apparently broken).

  • Hal Varian

    Any idiot with a wifi connection can exhibit their stupidity on the internet. Another one has.

  • Kenny H.

    What a week for WVU. First, dodging a bullet that almost tuck the greatest AD we ever had in Luck, Holgs, blows the game against Texas, and now Clements, our now former president, pulls a Rich-Rod, like a theif in the night, leaves for Clemson.

    This has to be the worst week in WVU history since that whole Rich-Rod thing in 2007.

    Talking about choices for new president of WVU, here are my Pre-Requistes:

    1. Some one with of course experience

    2. Some one with commitment

    3. Some one with WVU/West VirginiaTies

    That takes me to my top three candidates in that order;

    1. Joe Manchin
    2. Mrs. Puskar-(Widow of the Late Great Mylan Puskar
    3. Gaston Caperton

  • Life

    No wonder oliver luck was going too texas

  • susanf1218

    Enough w/the troll comments, please! They are really getting old. And whether you like it or not, William and anyone else is entitled to post their opinions on here. I happen to agree w/William, by the way. Guess you are going to call me a "troll" too? Whatever. At least I'm not a toady little Luck and Holgerson sycophant!

  • susanf1218

    Well, I certainly hope the Board of Governors picks someone to replace him who actually has the credentials - remember the Mike Garrison debacle? As for Clements, in my opinion, he has done a good job. He was very personable - he made it a point to greet the incoming freshman at Lincoln Hall when my son was moving in and he opened the President's home for the Young LIfe group to meet there. I just hope that Oliver Luck isn't a candidate for the job!

  • WVWho

    he was making great strides for the academics at the university. They liked what they saw, end of story. BTW the school STILL would not get in for academics or the more important reason...tv units

  • Rich

    I thought we were losing our AD to Texas? I'm with Anthony can he take Dana with him? It's only a matter of time before Luck leaves for a better deal, we're stuck with Dana.

  • JimJim

    Can we all say, IMG, together.
    How about the way Stew was handled. 9-3, 9-3 & 9-3 Replaced.....

  • WVUP

    Everyone wondered why Clements wasn't all over Luck for trying to get the Texas job........hard to chastise someone for jumping ship when you are in the middle of doing so yourself. If he didn't want to be here....we shouldn't want him.

  • WVUP

    Does anyone else find it ironic that he leaves less than a week after Luck was supposed to go to Texas? Think about it.....if Luck gets the job in Texas, they would have both been leaving within days of each other......Kinda like rats jumping from a sinking ship.....I think Clements saw the writing on the wall.

  • Class of 04'

    Good luck Sir and thanks for all you have done for our University!

  • The Professor

    Have you checked Mylan's stock lately? She has done a pretty damn good job running Mylan. Don't think the degree made much of a difference as to her abilities.

  • Jason

    They are powerful...day to day they are figureheads, kissing donors rears, shaking hands, and giving speeches...however..they are responsible for the powerful people under them that run the show.

  • Jason

    True that

  • Former higher ed guy

    He stole my beer once. Was at a reception, standing at a table with him. I looked away to talk to someone, turned back and thought, "Where's my beer?" There it was in Jim Clements hand. Those Clemson beer drinkers better watch out!

    But seriously, he seemed to be a great president with lots of positive energy. It's a loss for the whole state of West Virginia and a gain for South Carolina.

  • Mike

    Thinking exactly the same thing!

  • Wowbagger

    Having lived near a college or university most of my life I can say with certainty that unless a school administrator of Clements class has local ties they always keep their bags packed and are ready for an interview at a moment's notice. WVU gave Clements his first President's job and now he is history. Not a big surprise here! WVU is still just a stepping stone. This is how Gordon Gee got his salary up to over $1 million per year.

  • Low Rider

    I love it. The ACC uses WVU academics as a reason not to select us during expansion…and then steals our president. Two faced hypocrites.

  • Mike

    It's time to get a WVU President and AD that want to be here for the long-term. That are here because they love the state, not just using the university for another job. Luck played here, but showed his true colors just last week.Please bring us a true Mountaineer President.

  • Mountaineer1

    Just poking a little fun, Jason. He did a great job and I wish both he and the next one here the best of luck

  • Grant

    Considering that you probably never set foot in a college classroom anywhere let alone WVU, we'll ignore your ignorant opinions on this issue.

  • Grant

    Big12, infrastructure upgrades.. overall academic ranking improved... he did a GREAT job here. Quit being small minded

  • Anthony

    Will he take Ollie & Dana with him?....Please??

  • Nobama

    Ben
    You are not very well informed are you?

  • Larry

    Are university presidents really that powerful?, I always thought they were just kind of figureheads.

  • Larry

    But they were cheating when they did!Nowadays they always seem to "Pull a Clemson".

  • WVU 74

    Bon voyage!

  • ben

    Sad day. Regardless of what you people think, Clements has done a stellar job. People at WVU know this. What ever negative things people are conjuring up on here is a figment of their pea brains. Good luck Mr. President.

  • john b

    Funny how I thought this guy was trying to keep Oliver Luck when he was looking to move on himself.

    Seemed like a nice guy. Met him at gathering this year in Norman this year prior to Oklahoma Game he was very cordial not only to myself but the several hundred fans at that gathering. So I wish him Luck at Clemson, and I'm sure we will find a great President soon!

  • Jason

    Good point, however, if you are referencing history. Clemson has won a National Championship in Football.

  • William

    Give Heather Bresch a call
    She would fit right in at WVU
    That's where she picked up her degree at
    She could lead the way, and she knows the ropes!

  • Jason

    He probably was...that is why he got this job.

  • Bobby M

    Its BASKETBALL they wear sweatsuits Friend! Thats like saying Pat "who runs with the FOOTBALL" White or something! THINK!!!

  • Charleston,WV

    Kudos to Clements, as he will be missed. On to search for our new school President to lead West Virginia U.!

  • Charleston,WV

    Go back to your hole, you troll.

  • William

    Luck stays
    Clements leaves
    What a terrible day
    Stuck with Luck
    Stuck with Dana"The Man in Black"Holgerson
    Stuck with Bob "Sweatsuit" Huggins

    It's a SAD DAY to be a Mountaineer fan wherever you may be.

  • Mountaineer1

    70-33

  • lee good

    This is WVU's finest hour. It is way past time to be rid of him. Maybe now some of the donors he turned away might consider coming back.

  • DaiAtlas

    Ouch... and Clemson's football team was just getting itself together.

  • Nobama

    Poor Clemson. They will be broke like WVU in a few years. I feel sorry for their staff because he will ignore them like he did to the WVU staff.

  • NorthCentral WV Lady

    So sad to lose Jim Clements - an excelent President for WVU - if only it could have been the AD and football coach instead. I wish nothing but the best to the Clements family.

  • D Johnson

    Can Luck be a package deal??

  • Artie Smithers

    Well boo on that. I thought he might be here long term. Really like the guy and felt he was doing/was going to do great things for WVU.

  • In da stickes

    Six great seats available at the Coliseum for WVU basketball. Call (843) Clemson

  • Morgantown

    That came out of nowhere!

  • Da Dogg

    Good Luck Pres!