Clemson trustees back academic reorganization

Reorganization will create seven new colleges within the university.

Clemson University’s board of trustees last week backed an academic reorganization initiative that will support the goals of the South Carolina university's new strategic plan while creating seven new colleges.

The brainchild of Jim Clements, Clemson's president, the strategic plan involves hundreds of staff and students. It was developed through a series of committee meetings, town meetings and online forums.

"This is a plan to move Clemson forward, to solidify our place among the nation’s great public, land-grant universities and to prepare for the next 50 years,” Clements said.

The new college structures will take effect on July 1, 2016. They will include: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences;  Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; Business; Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences; Education;  and Science. 

During the meeting, the board also approved an instructional site at the Greenville Health System for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which will open in August 2016; and approved the placement of three historical markers on the main university campus.

Also, trustees picked John N. "Nicky" McCarter Jr. of Columbia, South Carolina to serve as vice chair for a two-year term.

McCarter, who graduated from Clemson in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration Management, has been a Clemson trustee since 2008.

The trustees also approved a resolution to issue athletic facilities revenue bonds for $19.5 million to help fund a new football operations building.

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