Looking for help to find new Clemson president

05/10/2013 12:00 AM

05/09/2013 9:05 PM

The Clemson University presidential search committee went into closed session Thursday in Columbia to discuss proposals from several firms they are considering hiring to help find a successor to Jim Barker, the chairman of the Board of Trustees said.

“It’s still early in the process,” David Wilkins told GreenvilleOnline.com. “The major objective on the horizon is to select the best search firm that’s a good fit for Clemson.”

The committee, led by Trustee Smyth McKissick of Greenville, plans to meet again May 21 to interview representatives of search firms vying for the job, Wilkins said.

“After the search firm is decided on and announced, then we need reach out to different constituents groups like the faculty and get their input, and then come up with a complete job description, and get the public notice out across the country,” Wilkins said.

“And then we start the process of looking at applications.”

Barker, 65, announced last month that he plans to step down after 14 years but will stay until a new president is found.

Wilkins has said no timetable for finding a successor has been set.

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