Clemson president Jim Barker recovering at home after release from hospital

Barker says he's progressing well, appreciates cards and prayers, but visitors limited

Jim Barker, president of Clemson University, prepares to shake hands with each graduate during the morning commencement.

Photo by Ken Ruinard, Anderson Indepedent Mail, S.C.

Jim Barker, president of Clemson University, prepares to shake hands with each graduate during the morning commencement.

Clemson University President Jim Barker says he has returned home after undergoing heart bypass surgery a week ago.

In a letter Friday to Clemson faculty, students and supporters, Barker said his doctors are satisfied with his progress, but want him to continue to rest. Barker underwent quintuple coronary artery bypass surgery on Jan. 18, a day after blockages were discovered in some of his arteries.

Barker says he is still limiting visitors and can't accept gifts of food because his diet is restricted. He says he had read every card and comment left on a special website and appreciates the prayers and concern he has received from the Clemson family.

Provost Doris Helms is acting as Clemson's president while Barker recovers.

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