Clemson fills #2 job

07/31/2014 12:00 AM

07/30/2014 6:12 PM

A biology professor and dean from West Virginia University has been tapped to fill Clemson University's newly created second-in-command-to-the-president position of executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Robert H. "Bob" Jones, a Clemson alumnus, will start the job as his alma mater's chief academic officer on Sept. 16.

Jones, who comes from the university headed by Clemson President James Clements until Clements started here in January, was chosen from among three finalists in a national search that drew about 400 candidates.

"I am thrilled with the opportunity to work with Clemson University's amazing students, faculty and staff, and with its energetic new president, Dr. James Clements," Jones said. "There are many appealing elements of Clemson for me, including its strong sense of community, positive momentum and track record of success in all three of the land-grant missions: learning, discovery and engagement.

"It's also the place where I launched my life in academia and met my wife, Jeri. Truly, this is a chance of a lifetime!"

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