Jim Clements became Clemson University’s 15th president on Dec. 31, 2013 after serving as president of West Virginia University. Since his arrival, the value of the Tiger Paw has never been higher, driven by the university’s elevated academic reputation and the exposure from Clemson’s athletic success on the national stage.
Under Clements’ leadership, Clemson has raised the bar in admissions, enrollment, research, graduation and retention rates, and fundraising, including the successful completion of the $1 billion Will to Lead capital campaign in 2016. In addition, the campus is currently undergoing the largest construction boom in the history of the university.
Clements is a nationally recognized leader in higher education who has served as president of a university in three different athletic conferences –the Big East, the Big 12, and the ACC, where he served as the 2016-17 chair of the ACC Council of Presidents. He currently serves on the board of directors of the American Council on Education and on the executive committees for the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities, the Council on Competitiveness and the Business Higher Education Forum.
Clements holds a B.S. degree in computer science as well as an M.S. degree and Ph.D. in operations analysis from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. He also holds an M.S. degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and was awarded an honorary degree as doctor of public education from his alma mater, UMBC.
His “Successful Project Management” book is now in its seventh edition, and has been published in multiple languages and used in numerous countries.
Clements was born in Arlington, Va., but spent the majority of his life in Maryland before relocating to West Virginia and then Clemson. He and his wife, Beth, have been married for 28 years and have four children, Tyler, Hannah, Maggie and Grace, and two sons-in-law, Tanner Coombs and Max Kinser.