Trustee task force on Clemson University history moves into final phase
CLEMSON — The board of trustees task force on the history of Clemson heard an update on results of efforts to gather input from constituents and directed President James P. Clements and his administrative team to draft a set of actionable recommendations for the near-, medium- and long-term on how Clemson should tell its complete history. The recommendations will be based on the feedback received by the task force and administration since early September.
“The response we’ve received from the Clemson family to this task has been incredible. The care and effort that people put into their thoughts on how best to tell Clemson’s history is impressive, and it has provided the task force with real substance as we move into this next phase,” said David H. Wilkins, who chairs the task force and is past board chairman.
“Having been able to take part in many face-to-face meetings, and more informal discussion with important groups from the Clemson family has been eye-opening and productive,” said Max Allen, chief of staff and interim chief diversity officer. “It’s clear that there is a lot of thoughtful work going into to this process, and students, faculty and other key groups are dedicated to making sure we tell Clemson’s full history and leave the right kind of legacy.”
The task force and administration have been jointly engaging stakeholders from the Clemson family through meetings, listening sessions and written online and hard copy submissions. To date, members of the task force and administration have met with representatives from the Clemson Alumni Association, Clemson University Foundation, Staff Senate, Faculty Senate, Clemson Black Alumni Association, Board of Visitors, Undergraduate Student Body, Graduate Student Body, Diversity Advisory Council, history department and university history experts.
“Over the next few weeks, we will be working to consolidate the excellent information and recommendations we’ve received during this stakeholder engagement period into a comprehensive report for the board,” Clements said. “However, this work is just part of our ongoing commitment to better document and tell the full story of Clemson’s history, so we will continue to listen to ideas from interested parties.”
The final recommendations will be made public and presented to the board at its February 2016 meeting.