CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- WVU President Jim Clements said he wasn't looking to move when Clemson University first contacted him.
But it's no wonder Clemson chose Clements from a field of 83 candidates and lured him away to another prestigious land-grant university in an area where Clements has family. Consider:
• Students praise him. WVU Student Government Association President Ryan Campione called the outgoing leader fantastic, a mentor to students and a good listener on issues large and small.
• Faculty also credit him with accomplishments, including adding 84 new faculty members out of a goal of 100, said Faculty Senate Chairwoman Lisa M. Di Bartolomeo.
• He has raised academic standards, improved student success and led the university into greater faculty research, observed Provost Michele Wheatly.
• WVU has set new records in fundraising during the past four years, said Foundation Chairman Bob Reynolds.
• James W. Dailey II, chairman of the university Board of Governors, called Clements a natural-born leader. "Since the hiring of Jim Clements in 2009, West Virginia University has experienced unprecedented success in many areas -- private giving, enrollment, academics, research funding, health care, community service, economic development and so much more," he said.
• WVU Staff Council President Lisa Martin said Clements leaves the university in better shape than when he arrived.
That is about the highest praise a leader can receive.
We wish President Clements and his family the best in this new challenge and thank him for his service.