The search for Clemson University’s next president picked up the pace Monday, with the search committee gathering at 7 a.m. for a daylong closed-door meeting at a hotel near Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Another meeting is set for today, and the full Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet Thursday and Friday, but board Executive Secretary Angie Leidinger said finalists aren’t expected to be named this week.
“There currently is no set timetable for completing the search, although we are moving deliberately through the process,” she told The Greenville News. “We will not be naming finalists at the conclusion of this meeting.”
The board’s meeting at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway came three days after a similar meeting near the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.
In announcing the meeting, university officials cited “the need for confidentiality at this phase of the search.”
The committee of six members of Clemson’s Board of Trustees and the president of the Faculty Senate has been sorting through applications taken since the position was advertised nationally in July.
President James F. Barker, 65, announced in April that he plans to step down after 14 years in the job and return to the School of Architecture as a professor. He said he will stay in the position until a new president is on board.
“Process-wise, the selection of the finalists and ultimately naming the 15th president of Clemson University will be done by the full board,” Leidinger told The News.
“Note, we do not anticipate that selection of finalists nor the naming of a new president to occur at our board meeting this week.”
The committee has reviewed more than 80 applications, she said. She wouldn’t say how many candidates are still in the running.