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Clements’ contract extended through 2022

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James Clements and Clemson University trustees have agreed to a contract extension for the university’s president that will keep him in the post through Feb. 2, 2022.

James ClementsTrustees approved the extension during their quarterly meetings last week. Financial terms of the contract call for an annual salary of $801,330 — the same as the previous contract. Of the total, $312,530 is paid by the state and the remaining $488,800 is paid by the Clemson University Foundation, according to a news release.

“Jim has a clear vision for Clemson and has built a strong team to help make that vision a reality,” said Smyth McKissick, chairman of the board of trustees, in the release. “We are very excited about what the future holds for the university under this leadership.”

Clements became the 15th president of the university on Dec. 31, 2013 after spending five years as president at West Virginia University.

He is a board member of the American Council on Education and a member of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. Currently, Clements is chairman of the Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents and is the co-chairman of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Last year, the university launched its 10-year strategic plan called ClemsonForward which is geared to improve academic, student life and athletics facilities. Additionally, the university completed the $1 billion Will to Lead campaign last summer.

“The future is very bright for Clemson and I am looking forward to continuing my work with our outstanding faculty, staff and board of trustees on behalf of our students and the state of South Carolina,” Clements said, in the release.

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