James P. Clements

James P. Clements is the 15th president of Clemson University. Clements earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in operations analysis from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), as well as a Master of Science in computer science from Johns Hopkins University. The fourth edition of his project management textbook was published in four languages and used in multiple countries; the fifth edition was released in spring 2012. Prior to assuming the WVU presidency, Clements served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Towson University, the second-largest public university in Maryland. He had previously been Towson’s vice president for economic and community outreach, held the Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professorship and chaired the department of computer and information sciences.

Articles by James P. Clements

Building on Our Legacy of Undergraduate Excellence

More than 4,700 Clemson graduates walked across the stage in December and May of this past academic year in a commencement tradition that never gets old. I love looking into the eyes of our new graduates wondering how they will use the amazing foundation their Clemson education has provided. With each hand that I shake […]

Setting a new bar for research and scholarship

As a public, land-grant institution, the responsibility to conduct research for the benefit of South Carolina and beyond is embedded in our foundation — and our future. Every day, faculty, staff and students are working to improve the quality, quantity and impact of our research to foster our position as a world-class research university that […]

The View from Sikes: Preparing for What Comes Next

A new academic year always brings a sense of renewed optimism and anticipation for what comes next. Preparing for what comes next is — after all — the essence of what universities do. Asking questions, experimenting, creating, debating and thinking deeply and critically — these are essential tools for equipping students to succeed during and […]

The View from Sikes

Building Futures If you’ve been on campus lately, you’ve noticed a lot of construction fences, cranes and re-routed traffic. That’s because Clemson University has embarked on one of the largest campus development projects in at least half a century — maybe in history. We call it Building Futures — a capital improvement plan to ensure […]

My Freshman Year

Many people have asked me what I learned during my “freshman year” at Clemson. Most of what I learned confirmed what I already knew. Our University has world-class faculty, dedicated staff, smart students, loyal alumni, great traditions, a proud history and unlimited potential. In 2014, the rest of the country caught on to this truth […]

The radical ideas and passion that resulted in a university

In my inaugural address at Commencement May 9, I spoke about the upcoming 125th anniversary of the University’s founding. In November 1889, the state of South Carolina officially accepted the terms of Thomas Green Clemson’s will to establish a scientific institution on the grounds of his Fort Hill home. But the story of Clemson University […]