Clemson search committee hires Dallas firm to help find new president

Funk and Associates have found new leaders for several prominent universities

Clemson University President Jim Barker enters Littlejohn Coliseum for the school’s commencement ceremony on Friday.

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Clemson University President Jim Barker enters Littlejohn Coliseum for the school’s commencement ceremony on Friday.

COLUMBIA — The committee charged with finding a new president for Clemson University has hired a search firm to do the leg work.

Clemson’s Presidential Search Committee voted Wednesday to retain Dallas-based R. William Funk and Associates to help find a successor to Jim Barker, who announced last month that he was stepping down after 14 years as president and rejoining the university’s architecture faculty.

“The committee completed due diligence on several executive search firms and selected Funk and Associates by unanimous vote,” search committee Chairman Smyth McKissick said. “We have directed the administration to enter into a contract, and we expect that to be completed shortly.”

Funk and Associates has found leaders for several major universities across the United States, including:

G.P. “Bud” Peterson, president of Georgia Tech;

Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami;

David Skorton, president of Cornell University;

Carol Folt, chancellor of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

McKissick also restated the committee’s intention to bring faculty, staff, students and alumni into the screening process. He has appointed one of his colleagues on the board of trustees and search committee — Kim Wilkerson — to begin integrating those groups into the process, specifically to get their help developing the list of characteristics that the trustees should look for in the next president.

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It would be nice if we could stay away from "Elitist Progressives" just saying.

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