Dear Clemson Family: The passing of former Clemson President Max Lennon

November 30, 2016

Former Clemson University President Max Lennon

Former Clemson University President Max Lennon

I join many, many others across the Clemson family in being saddened by the news of the passing of Max Lennon, who served Clemson as 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.

President Lennon’s vision was to make Clemson University competitive among land-grant institutions, and he led the effort to dramatically increase our research and problem-solving initiatives while focusing on maintaining the highest possible quality of undergraduate instruction.

President Lennon also advanced the concept of strategic planning at the university, which led to the identification of university-wide priorities and goals, and a process for restructuring the university for the 21st century.

His 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 our partnership with the Greenville Hospital System, as well as in the establishment of degree programs such as packaging science and landscape architecture.

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


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