Clemson's 15th President, James P. Clements
The President is the chief executive officer of the University with complete responsibility to the Board for operating within the policy mandates of the Board. The President is responsible for preserving the internal viability of the institution and for dealing extensively with constituencies outside the academic community, making the President well qualified to advise the Board in its decision making.
The President provides leadership in academics and other affairs of the University. The President encourages innovative academic ideas and programs and ensures that the resources of the University are coordinated to carry out teaching, research and public service.
In addition to having the usual missions of a land-grant university, Clemson has been charged by the General Assembly to exercise broad regulatory powers in the public sector. Thus, the President of Clemson has a direct responsibility to the General Assembly and to the people of South Carolina in the implementation of regulations, which in most states are assigned to another agency or department of the government.
The President is the leader in pursuing the mission of the University and shaping its role in higher education and public service in South Carolina.
The future will continue to present Clemson University with challenges, all of which will require outstanding leadership, ability and guidance from the President. The President must develop a strong, cohesive and aggressive management organization at Clemson University. The President must recognize that energy, health and a person's potential are all critical to South Carolina's development and that of the world. Because of the critical importance of agriculture to South Carolina and to the entire world, the President must be an innovative planner for Clemson's role in agriculture. The President must be particularly innovative in the cost/benefit analysis of all programs, determining specifically how Clemson will grow or control its growth and how Clemson can lead rather than merely react to the problems encountered. The President must be the leader of active capital campaign fund-raising efforts.
The President must provide leadership to the University's total public relations program, including relationships with students, faculty, staff, the various governments, the General Assembly, the Commission on Higher Education, the Alumni Association, the University Foundation, the intercollegiate athletic programs, the various economic interests and to all of the other segments of the public which the University serves through its many public service programs.
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