50th anniversary of our partnership with the Baruch Foundation

50th anniversary of our partnership with the Baruch Foundation

In 2018, Clemson celebrates the 50th anniversary of its partnership with the Baruch Foundation. Since its inception, Clemson’s Baruch Institute has provided space for creative problem solvers to study, appreciate and preserve the natural resources of South Carolina. As a nurturing caretaker of the coast’s vital natural features, the Baruch Institute demonstrates the powerful combination of science, education, and sustainable management while celebrating the past and shaping the future.

Milestones

  • 1968 The first agreement is signed between Clemson University and the Baruch Foundation to establish the Belle W. Baruch Research Institute in Forestry, Wildlife Science, and Marine Biology (now known as the Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science).
  • 1973 Henry Franklin Percival completes the first Baruch Institute doctoral dissertation. 1973 Faculty and staff expansion begins to better support research. Dr. Donal Hook was hired as the first faculty resident director of Clemson’s Baruch Institute, replacing James Halpin, who directed activities from campus.
  • 1974-75 The Institute is renamed the Belle W. Baruch Forest Science Institute to better reflect the research focus. Four full-time permanent resident research scientists are hired.
  • 1975 A tripartite agreement is signed between Clemson, University of South Carolina and the Baruch Foundation to define the research roles of Clemson and USC.
  • 1986 The Institute’s 100th publication in a scientific journal or book appears.
  • 1989 The Baruch Institute opens a new line of research on disturbance ecology after Hurricane Hugo hits SC and moves its operations from the Hobcaw House to its current location.
  • 1993 Through efforts of the DeBordieu Keep-It-Green campaign and the Pate Family, land on the northern border of Hobcaw is donated to Clemson for use by the Baruch Institute. More land is added to the parcel in 1998. In total, Clemson receives over 700 acres.
  • 1994 The Wallace F. Pate Foundation for Environmental Research and Education is incorporated, formalizing a partnership between Clemson’s Baruch Institute and the DeBordieu Colony.
  • 1999 The Institute is renamed the Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science.
  • 2001 Expansion increases number of scientists from 5 to 8, including first two female scientists (Bo Song and Linda Roth) and first full-time extension specialist (Jack Whetstone).
  • 2008 New LEED gold headquarters and education building is completed (Building B). Replacement faculty add new expertise in hydrology and biogeochemistry.
  • 2013 A formal partnership with the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center is announced to focus on wildlife research, particularly alligator ecology.
  • 2014 The James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Center is founded upon the receipt of an endowment from Mr. Kennedy.
  • 2018 Clemson celebrates 50 years of partnership with the Baruch Foundation and shares the master plan for the future of the Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science.