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Max Lennon, former Clemson President – Nov. 29, 2016

Former Clemson University President Max Lennon, 76, of Asheville died Nov. 29, 2016. Lennon was Clemson’s president from 1986 to 1994. During Lennon’s presidency, Clemson experienced unprecedented growth and success in research and private fundraising. The university’s research expenditures quadrupled and academic fundraising more than tripled. Clemson also began and completed its first capital campaign during his tenure.

Lennon’s impact on campus can still be seen in projects and infrastructure such as the Brooks Center, Sullivan Wellness Center, Hunter Laboratory, Garrison Arena, and the Fluor Daniel Building. His influence also exists in programs such as Communication Across the Curriculum and the university’s partnership with the Greenville Hospital System, as well as in the establishment of degree programs such as packaging science and landscape architecture.

Lennon is survived by his wife, Ruth, family and friends.

“Let us all keep his wife, Ruth, his children, and their families in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss,” said President Jim Clements. “And may we all continue moving Clemson forward from the solid foundation he helped build during his service to Clemson University.”

A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at the Asheville First Baptist Church.

*Clemson will host a Celebration of Life service at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at the President’s Box in Memorial Stadium on the main campus.