Letter from the Vice President

John W. Kelley vice president for public service and agricultureOne of the founding principles of Clemson University was to improve the economic conditions of South Carolina. This emphasis is as important today as it was in Thomas Green Clemson’s time more than 100 years ago.

Clemson public service personnel apply this principle every day through their research, Extension and regulatory programs. Their efforts are contributing to a stronger state economy by developing new knowledge, products and processes for agribusinesses and the life science industries; by preparing youth to participate in a knowledge-based economy; and by developing the potential of families and communities.

Through their work and your continuing support, Clemson will continue to improve the quality of life in South Carolina in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, economic and community development, food safety and nutrition, and youth development and families.

Of course, there isn’t space in this newsletter to report all the work that Clemson public service personnel are doing; but I hope this issue will give you an overview of some of our efforts to make our state prosper as an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

John W. Kelly
Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture