Inside Clemson

Trustees’ quarterly meeting emphasizes quality; focus on academic programming and facilities

Dr. Ronnie Lee elected vice chairman

Clemson University’s board of trustees met Thursday and Friday for their quarterly meetings with an emphasis on quality, as the university administration presented plans for academic programming focusing on new pathways to master’s degrees in teaching and initial concepts for multiple capital projects. Trustees also heard updates from several students, including participants in Clemson’s Creative Inquiry program, which provides unique research experiences and opportunities for undergraduate students.

The two-day session began with committee meetings on Thursday. The Finance and Facilities Committee was provided updates on the financial status of the university, long-term financial planning and provided recommendation for Concept Phase I approval of three capital projects: core campus safety and revitalization, roadway pedestrian safety improvements and renovations to Memorial Stadium.

The Educational Policy Committee recommended approval of curriculum changes to a pair of Master of Arts in Teaching programs, providing an alternative, efficient, pathway for non-education majors to receive teaching credentials. This innovative pathway for current seniors would also be available for individuals seeking a career change into education.

Friday’s lone committee meeting was the Compensation Committee, which approved several FY20 Compensation Plan increases for deans and vice presidents as well as compensation for the interim vice president for Student Affairs. The Compensation Committee also recommended an adjustment to deferred compensation for President Jim Clements.

The full board of trustees meeting began Friday morning where Dr. Ronnie Lee was elected vice chairman, President Clements provided his quarterly report in which he highlighted several of the University’s recent successes, and the board approved the programs and projects recommended by the various committees. The trustees also received a final report from the History Task Force, which closed its substantial work with a recommendation of future development a museum and visitor’s center located in the center of campus. More information on the work of the History Task Force can be found HERE.

The next scheduled quarterly meeting of Clemson’s board of trustees is February 6-7, 2020.