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Kevin James, Professor and Founding Director, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, College of Science

Kevin James

Clemson University mourns the death of Kevin James, Professor and Founding Director of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences within the College of Science. The University was notified on March 22 that Dr. Kevin James had passed away.

James was hired at Clemson on June 23, 2000, and he was in his 23rd year at the University. He was a member of the 2022 cohort of the President’s Leadership Institute, and the mantra that he lived by was to treat people with kindness and respect.

“The loss of Kevin will be deeply felt by all who have been privileged to know him and to work with him – from his colleagues in the College of Science to the broader Clemson community and beyond,” said Cynthia Y. Young, dean of the College of Science. “Kevin was instrumental in creating an inclusive culture of support, research excellence and student success. He always saw the positive in everything, and his leadership and caring nature will be greatly missed.” 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides grief counseling to students. Any student who wants to speak to a counselor should contact CAPS at 864-656-2451. An after-hours CAPS counselor can be reached by calling 864-656-2451and selecting option 2 to speak to a counselor.

Counseling services are also available to faculty and staff through ComPysch, the University’s Employee Assistance Program provider, at 866-365-0813.

His obituary is available online.

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