Clemson research leader to retire

CLEMSON - The Clemson University vice president who led the drive for the school's automotive research center in South Carolina is retiring.

Media outlets reported Wednesday that Chris Przirembel will leave his post as vice president for research and economic development in April.

He joined Clemson from Rutgers University in 1981 and has worked in higher education for more than 40 years.

The 67-year-old Przirembel said the decision was bittersweet. He says he wants to spend more time with his family.

Clemson president James Barker says that without Przirembel, there would likely be no International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville.