Jim Clements at Clemson

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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  • 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

    • Debra

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • Hal Varian

          You didn't...

          • Hal Varian

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

      • 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...

  • Life

    No wonder oliver luck was going too texas

  • 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!

    • Hal Varian

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

      • Mike

        Do you ever post anything positive? Sad life.

        • 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....

          • 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.

  • 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.....

    • Hal Varian

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

      • Mike

        Compare the records. If you can do the math.

      • susanf1218

        You are ridiculous. Go away.

        • Hal Varian

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

          • Mike

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

          • susanf1218

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

    • Matt

      Stewart was a trainwreck

      • Hal Varian

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

        • 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

  • 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.

    • Hal Varian

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

  • 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!

    • Hal Varian

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

  • 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.

    • 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...

      • Mike

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

        • Hal Varian

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

          • Mike

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

      • 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.

        • Hal Varian

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

          • Joe

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

  • 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

      Thinking exactly the same thing!

    • 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

    • Hal Varian

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

      • Matt

        LOL Hal miss you on the scout boards.

        • Hal Varian

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

          • Mike

            All misinformed comments are welcome.

    • Joe

      +1

  • 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.

    • Hal Varian

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

      • 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.

        • Hal Varian

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

          • 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

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

      • 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

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

          • 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!!

  • Anthony

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

  • Larry

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

    • 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.

  • WVU 74

    Bon voyage!