Clemson University Board of Trustees Values

Clemson University was established to fulfill its founder’s vision of a “high seminary of learning,” to develop the material resources of South Carolina and to enhance the economic opportunities for South Carolina citizens. Today Clemson is a nationally recognized land-grant research university committed to providing students with an academic foundation that gives them the opportunity for meaningful careers and to be leaders who give back to society. Clemson is a student-centered institution whose mission is to educate students in a manner consistent with these values and to drive economic development in South Carolina. The Board of Trustees honors the intent of Mr. Clemson’s Will and shares the following values:


Be honest, trustworthy, responsible and ethical.

Value the rights of others, their individual differences, beliefs and ideas. Actively listen and communicate. Seek to understand the challenges they face and be tolerant and forgiving.

Attract and retain students, faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds who come together as one inclusive Clemson family.

Honor our military heritage and our commitment to duty, service, leadership, tradition and civic responsibility.

Exceed expectations and continuously improve. Be creative and take appropriate risks. Learn from failure. Best is the standard.

Work hard, exercise self-discipline, be results oriented, and dare to do the right thing, even when it is difficult or unpopular.