COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jim Clements, president of West Virginia University since 2009, will take the helm at Clemson University in January, the school announced Monday.
Clements, 49, will become Clemson’s 15th president, Board of Trustees Chairman David Wilkins said in announcing the selection in Clemson. He succeeds Jim Barker, who announced plans in April to retire after 14 years and become an architecture professor at the school.
Barker has agreed to remain as president until Clements takes over, Wilkins said.
“The bottom line is this: The board is convinced we got the very best person to be our next president. He is the right fit for Clemson University,” Wilkins said.
Clemson will match Clements’ salary at WVU of $775,000 through public and private funds, Wilkins said. The state’s Agency Head Salary Commission will determine how much of that will be funded by taxpayers.
He’ll make nearly $304,000 more than Barker, whose salary totals $471,213. The state funds 52 percent of that, according to the college.
Clemson spokeswoman Robin Denny said Clements was selected from among 83 candidates.
Wilkins praised Clements’ job at West Virginia University, saying the college set records in private fundraising, enrollment and research funding during his tenure. The university is in the midst of nearly $1 billion in construction projects on campus, its university health system and student housing.
Clements previously worked as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Towson University in Maryland.