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Clemson Elevate

Leading Through Ideas and Actions

Message from the President

I am thrilled to present Clemson Elevate, a bold strategic plan to achieve even greater heights of excellence for our beloved University and all whom we serve.

In the last decade, Clemson has set new records in student success, research, outreach, athletics, fundraising, industry partnerships, innovation and impact. Importantly, we attained this success while keeping Clemson “Clemson” — that abiding spirit for which Tigers are known. We serve needs. We contribute to the success of each other. And we maintain a championship culture that always seeks to elevate further.

Starting in spring 2021, Clemson’s leadership initiated a deep analysis of our progress toward some of our most aspirational goals and took stock of the opportunities ahead of us. More than 200 individuals representing all quarters of our institution identified key strategies for continued success. 

Clemson Elevate consists of three strategic pillars:

  1. We will deliver the #1 Student Experience in the nation, core to our mission.
  2. We will double research by 2035, working in collaboration with government and industry to advance scientific research and discovery.
  3. We will transform lives, impacting the citizens of South Carolina and beyond through measurable health and economic development.

I wish to thank all involved in the creation of this exciting plan: faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni, friends and advisers, the Executive Leadership Team and the Clemson University Board of Trustees. We started this effort during a global pandemic while uplifting our mission with distinction. Clemson Elevate delivers an exciting roadmap ahead.

Our future is bright. Go Tigers!

James P. Clements, Ph.D.
Clemson University

April 20, 2023