Yesterday, Nov. 11, 2013, WVU President James P. Clements announced his departure from West Virginia University. He spent his day in Clemson, S.C. making his first impression as Clemson University’s 15th President.
This news may have come as a shock to many WVU students and Mountaineer fans everywhere, but Clements felt as if he received an offer that he and his family just could not refuse. The career change was not due to any monetary reason, according to The Charleston Gazette, as he will make the same $775,000 salary he made at WVU. It was more personal for Clements and his family.
After being announced as the new President of the South Carolina university, Clements released a letter to the WVU community to make everyone aware of his reasoning for leaving.
“When my family arrived at WVU we didn’t realize how much we would fall in love with the state and the university. Beth and I knew that it would be very difficult for any university to convince us to leave WVU. However, Clemson is a university that is very special to our family. Beth’s family lives near the university and her two brothers, and a sister-in-law, are graduates of Clemson, said Clements.
I wasn’t looking to leave WVU. In fact, when I first was called I simply responded that I love WVU, the students, faculty and staff and the community. However, after much thought, reflection and prayer, Beth and I decided that this is an opportunity that we couldn’t pass up.”
Clements closed the letter with a statement that could make a true Mountaineer misty-eyed.
“We are very proud of what we accomplished together. We wish you all the very best in the future. May God Bless the entire Mountaineer Nation now and always!”
So what does this mean for WVU?
According to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Clements departure date has not been set. WVU board chairman James W. Dailey II says that interim leadership plans will be announced in the coming days and weeks until a more permanent decision can be made.
Although it was a sad day for Mountaineers everywhere, many people reached out to show their appreciation for all that Clements has done for WVU during his time here.