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Clemson president taking medical leave


Staff Report
Published Jan. 18, 2013

Clemson University trustees delegated powers Friday to Provost Doris Helms to serve as chief executive of the university while President James F. Barker is on medical leave, effective immediately.

President James Barker
President James Barker
Barker was scheduled for heart surgery at Greenville Memorial Hospital today for a triple bypass to treat blockages discovered during a heart catheterization Thursday. It is expected he will be in the hospital for about a week, followed by medical leave for recovery, according to a news release.

“I have every confidence of a complete recovery for several reasons,” Barker said in a message to campus constituents Thursday evening. “First, I am being treated by Clemson doctors and nurses. Second, I am in good health overall. Third, I have full confidence in the administrative team at Clemson to keep projects and priorities moving forward without a hitch. The board of trustees has been notified and has pledged their full support as well.”


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