It is an exciting time to be at Clemson University – one of the Top 20 public universities in the country. The $1 Billion Will to Lead capital campaign is heading into the homestretch after a record year for giving. Applications for admission and the quality of the student body are at an all-time high. A major campus development initiative will add millions of square feet and position the university for the next 50 years. And, we are nearing the completion of the roadmap for our next strategic plan — 2020Forward.
These are all signs that the Clemson Family is stronger than ever. But as a father, I have learned that it takes a dedicated effort to nurture a family and help it grow. As an institution, we nurture the Clemson Family through our commitment to certain overarching priorities — academic quality and innovation, individual student success, public service and economic outreach, and our core values of integrity, honesty and respect.
Clemson University has accomplished amazing things in the past, and I believe the future is even brighter. The experience of being a part of the Clemson Family is unmatched, and I look forward to sharing it with all of you for years to come.
Joe Sherman, Class of 1934, captured the essence of Clemson when he wrote, “There’s something in these hills where the Blue Ridge yawns its greatness.” I can assure you that whatever that “something” is — it will stay with you and at this great University forever.
James P. “Jim” Clements, Ph.D.