James Clements, President of Clemson University Addresses Club on June 9


President Clements will share with the club his plans and priorities for Clemson.

James P. Clements became Clemson University’s 15th president on December 31, 2013. He is also a Professor in the School of Computing, College of Engineering and Science, at Clemson.

During the first year as president, Clemson reached several milestones, such as beginning the largest campus development initiative the University has seen since the mid 1960’s, launch a strategic planning process, and helping raise more than $115 million in private gifts, setting a record as the University’s largest fundraising year.

Clements is a nationally recognized leader in higher education who currently serves as Chair of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, North America’s oldest higher education association. Annually, APLU’s 235 member institutions enroll 4.7 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.1 million degrees and conduct $41 billion in university-based research. Clements is also Chair of the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Commission on Leadership; co-chairs the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE); is a member of the Business Higher Education Forum; serves as academic co-chair of the Automotive Sector of the Council on Competitiveness-Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Partnership (EMCP); and is national co-chair of APLU’s Energy Forum.

He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Analysis from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. His Successful Project Management book is now in its 6th edition and is published in multiple languages and used in numerous countries.

Clements and his wife, Beth, have four children.