EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSJames Clements, WVU's Departing President, Welcomed As New Clemson President
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 11, 2013 11:15 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 11, 2013 2:39 PM EST
Clemson, South Carolina
James Clements introduced the "newest members of the Clemson family" during a news conference Monday when the departing West Virginia University president was announced as the new president of Clemson University.
"I want you to know how thrilled I am and how thrilled my family is to be with you," Clements said when he was introduced.
Clements introduced his wife Beth and their four children, Tyler, 21, in his fourth year as a student at WVU, twin 18-year-old daughters Hannah and Maggie, freshmen at WVU, and Grace, 13, a seventh-grader.
To watch the news conference video, click here
West Virginia University President James Clements is taking the job as the president of Clemson University.
Clemson was holding a live news conference Monday morning to announce Clements as the new president of the school.
School officials said Clements would be the 15th president in Clemson's history.
Clements announced that he was leaving WVU in a letter to the university posted on the school's website. You can see that letter here
"I wasn't looking to leave WVU," Clements said in the letter. "In fact, when I first was called, I simply responded that I love WVU, the students, faculty and staff and the community. However, after much thought, reflection and prayer, Beth and I decided that this is an opportunity that we couldn't pass up. West Virginia University will always have a very special place in our hearts."
Clements became WVU's 23rd president on June 30, 2009. Before coming to WVU, he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Towson University, the second largest public university in Maryland..
In his letter to the university community, Clements said he believes WVU had built momentum during his tenure, breaking numerous records, including many in enrollment, fundraising and research.
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