Clemson's next president: The search continues

Greenville NewsOctober 11, 2013 

The committee searching for a new president for Clemson University met behind closed doors for four hours Friday at a hotel four miles from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

Officials wouldn’t say whether candidates for the job were interviewed.

The executive secretary for the board of trustees, Angela Leidinger, said the committee hasn’t set a specific timetable for naming the finalists.

The board of trustees began advertising the position nationally in July after developing a four-page leadership statement.

President James F. Barker, 65, announced in April that he will step down and return to the School of Architecture as a professor. He plans to stay on as president until a new leader is on board.

The seven-member search committee, which includes six trustees and the Faculty Senate president, met at the Marriott Hotel off Pelham Road and Interstate 85 and closed the meeting to the public almost immediately.

After the meeting, Leidinger issued a statement to The Greenville News from Trustee Smyth McKissick, committee chairman.

“The presidential search committee is actively evaluating candidates and will continue that work over the next few weeks,” McKissick said in the statement.

“We are very pleased with the progress of the search and the quality of the candidate pool, and we want to express our appreciation to those who have submitted recommendations.

“However, we have much more work to do. Given the need for confidentiality at this time, we are not able to discuss details related to the search or individual candidates.

“The search committee takes its charge very seriously, as we are well aware that the selection of a president is the single most important duty of the board of trustees.”

McKissick had asked for nominations to be submitted by Aug. 31, and the board met Sept. 5 to begin narrowing the field and deciding which candidates to interview in person.

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