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James F. Barker, FAIA

James F. Barker, FAIA

James F. Barker, FAIA

Jim Barker came to Clemson University from Kingsport, Tennessee as an architecture student and track athlete. After graduating from Clemson, he spent several years as a practicing architect, at Mississippi State University and Clemson as a faculty member and dean, and was named Clemson president in 1999.

He led Clemson through an era of dramatic growth in academic quality and reputation, moving from the third tier to Number 20 among national public universities, according to U.S. News and World Report, and gaining Clemson recognition for its commitment to undergraduate teaching and the strong return on investment in tuition that graduates enjoyed. He helped lead the University through a $600-million fundraising campaign, which eventually reached $1 billion. After 14 years of service as President, he returned to the architecture faculty at Clemson and was named President Emeritus. He teaches seminar and studio courses to undergraduate and graduate students.

Jim Barker is a leading voice in higher education for South Carolina and the nation. He has served as President of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and as Chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, and served on the Board of The Shaw Group (a Fortune 500 company). He is also a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Design Forum (formerly the Institute for Urban Design), and a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.

Jim enjoys traveling, skiing, drawing, painting and spending time with his wife Marcia and their grandchildren.