CLEMSON — Clemson University President James P. Clements, a member of the board of directors for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), is in Washington, D.C., this week to help steer the organization into the future.

APLU is a research, policy and advocacy organization for 223 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems and related organizations. It is the nation’s oldest higher education association, with member institutions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories and Canada.

The board is the association’s governing and policymaking body. Each director is elected to a three-year term and officers are elected to one-year terms.

At the winter meeting, the organization lays out its objectives and planned activities for the coming year and discusses it with the board directors to get feedback, opinion and guidance.

As chairman-elect, the Clemson president is part of the five-member executive committee, which provides guidance to the APLU president. Clements has been a board member for several years and is in line to assume the top position as chairman beginning in November.

“Chair-elect a senior leadership role that helps inform and guide the role that APLU takes in advancing policies, innovative ideas/solutions and initiatives to strengthen public universities across the country and ensure they are meeting the ever-changing needs of their states and the country overall,” said Jeff Lieberson, APLU vice president for public affairs.

All APLU member institutions can be involved with its six commissions, which focus on broad issue areas. Each president may appoint a voting delegate to each commission.

Annually, APLU member campuses enroll four million undergraduates and 1.2 million graduate students, award more than one million degrees, employ more than one million faculty and staff, and conduct $39 billion in university-based research