Clemson University recently presented the Clemson Medallion, the university’s highest public honor, to businessman James E. Bostic Jr. and President Emeritus James Barker, two alumni of the university.
The medallion is only given to people who have shown significant positive support and service to Clemson University. They also must embody the foresight and dedication of the university’s original founder, Thomas Green Clemson.
Bostic is from Bennettsville, and was a student at Clemson. He later joined its board of trustees, the Foundation board of directors, and the Alumni Association’s board of directors. He also led and participated in the board of directors for the IPTAY organization (part of the Athletic Division) and earned the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Award.
“I am pleased to receive the Clemson Medallion,” Bostic said. “I will continue to help and support Clemson University and will work to help more South Carolinians receive the outstanding educational programs and services provided by this land-grant institution. This is our responsibility.”
Barker is from Kingsport, Tennessee, and he was the university’s 14th president after being its student, athlete, alumnus, parent, professor, and finally dean. After retiring from 14 years as president, he became a faculty member at the School of Archiecture.
“In every phase of my life, Clemson has served me,” Barker said. “I have tried to repay this debt by serving Clemson. However, receiving the Clemson Medallion reminds me that I will never adequately thank Clemson for all she has done for me. I’m honored to join my classmate and friend, Jim Bostic, in this special recognition.”
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