James P. Clements, Ph.D.


James P. Clements became Clemson University’s 15th president on December 31, 2013.

Under his leadership, Clemson has reached several milestones — the largest campus development initiative in university history, a record number of student applications with the strongest academic profile ever; and a record-breaking year in private fundraising.

Clements is a nationally recognized leader in higher education who recently served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. He serves on the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE) and on the executive committee of the APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity.

Clements is also Chair of the ACE Commission on Leadership; co-chairs the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE); serves on the executive committee of the Business Higher Education Forum, and serves on the Council on Competitiveness.

He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Analysis from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, as well as an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He has published and/or presented more than 75 papers in the fields of computer science, higher education, information technology, project management and strategic planning. He also served as principal investigator or co-PI on more than $15 million in research grants. Before he came to Clemson, Clements served as the president of West Virginia University for nearly five years.

Clements and his wife Beth have four children — Ty, Hannah, Maggie and Grace — and a son-in-law, Tanner Coombs.