1999 Board of Trustees votes to name James F. Barker, FAIA, Clemson University’s 14th president. Barker assumes office in December.
2000 Clemson Commitment campaign: Trustees approve increasing goal to $260 million from $210 million. Hendrix Student Center opens.Clemson establishes National Scholars program.Inauguration of James F. Barker as president. Greenville Summit explores ways to strengthen Clemson service to Greenville and relationship between the two. TIME Magazine names Clemson public “College of the Year” for 2001. Clemson establishes Call Me MISTER® program, with goal of placing more diverse male teachers in elementary classrooms. Clemson holds first Ring Ceremony.
2001 Clemson students complete nation’s first Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build. Five houses completed in two weeks. State budget cuts and unfunded mandates leave Clemson $8 million below previous year’s funding level. Trustees announce tuition increase to offset state cuts and fund improvements in academics and student support. Clemson establishes Academic Support Center (later renamed the Class of ’56 Academic Success Center). Clemson Commitment (five-year campaign) ends with$295 million in gifts and pledges, exceeding original goal of $210 million and revised goal of $260 million. New “West Campus Housing,” now renamed Stadium Suites, opens, along with an addition to Lightsey Bridge Apartments on East Campus.
2002 Clemson, BMW and state announce partnership to build automotive graduate education center in Greenville. Civil engineering students win third National Concrete Canoe Championship. Research alliance among Clemson, Western Carolina University and UNC-Charlotte creates Carolina Micro-Optics Triangle to advance photonics and opto-electronics research and economic development. Two Clemson athletes named best in nation for their sports — Khalil Greene in baseball and D.J. Trahan in golf. Campus space utilization study completed and new campus master plan begun, first since 1994.
2003 First National Conference on Best Practices in Black Student Achievement coincides with 40th anniversary of Clemson’s desegregation in 1963. Fort Hill House and Hardin Hall reopen after restoration. Golf team wins national championship, Clemson’s fourth national championship overall. New graduate automotive engineering initiative receives $15 million in funds under state’s new Research Centers of Economic Excellence program, now known as SmartState, to be matched dollar-for-dollar with money from BMW, Michelin and other automotive industry partners. Fike Recreation Center reopens after $21 million renovation that added 33,000 square feet and new Swann Fitness Center. University announces plans to invest $70 million over five years in advanced materials research at Clemson Research Park in Anderson County. Littlejohn Coliseum reopens after $31 million renovation and expansion.
2004 Clemson rises from 35th to 32nd in U.S.News & World Report rankings of nation’s top national public universities. Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) established in North Charleston. Brooks Center celebrates10th anniversary. University dedicates $27 million Biosystems Research Complex on campus. State awards $8 million for endowed faculty chairs in automotive engineering and advanced materials. Construction of $21 million Advanced Materials Research Laboratory completed. Four seniors earn graduate Goldwater Scholarships for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering, tying for most in nation with Stanford, MIT, Yale, Princeton, Harvard and Virginia. Four is the maximum number a school can receive. Groundbreaking for WestZone complex held in Memorial Stadium. Administration adopts policy that new construction and substantial renovations be designed to meet at least LEED-Silver certification, a measure of energy efficiency and sustainability.
2005 University celebrates 50th anniversary of coeducation with ceremonies recognizing first full-time women students in 1955. Creative Inquiry program, combination of engaged learning and undergraduate research, begins. Clemson and Tri-County Technical College establish “Bridge to Clemson” program. First “Bridge” students enroll at Tri-County in fall of 2006; 82 percent will earn Clemson degree within five years. $25 million renovation and new construction to Fraternity Quad completed.
2006 Will to Lead campaign begins leadership phase with working goal of $500 million.
2007 Clemson receives charter for a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most respected undergraduate honor society, fulfilling one of Jim Barker’s original goals for University.
2008 Clemson chapter of Habitat for Humanity named National Chapter of the Year for building more houses than any other student Habitat chapter. Clemson rises from No. 27 to No. 22 among national public universities — its highest ranking to date — in 2009 U.S. News guide, America’s Best Colleges. University hits No. 2 on list of “up and coming” schools that have “made striking improvements or innovations — a school everyone should be watching.” University and City of Clemson establish International Town-Gown Association, which now counts among its members 200 institutions and college towns nationwide. Multiple state funding cuts, starting with mid-year cut of $25 million, lead to implementation of faculty and staff furloughs, building moratorium, outsourcing of several service units and other aggressive cost-cutting measures. Eight budget task forces appointed to identify long-term strategies for dealing with significantly reduced state funding. Faculty and staff launch “Furlough Relief” fundraising drive to support low-wage employees hardest hit by recession, raising more than $70,000 to replace earnings lost to mandatory furlough.
2009 Corporation for National and Community Service lists Clemson in President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2009, first of six consecutive years. Clemson University Restoration Institute — in partnership with GE Energy and South Carolina’s electric cooperatives — hosts two summits at CU-ICAR on energy and job creation in the green economy. Keynote speakers include U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt. U.S. Department of Energy announces that Clemson is awarded $45 million grant, the largest single grant in Clemson history, to support next generation of wind turbine design by building and operating large-scale wind turbine drivetrain testing facility. College of Business and Behavioral Science moves MBA program and Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership to former Bowater building in downtown Greenville, which becomes known as “Clemson at the Falls.” Rowing team’s V4+ crew wins national championship.
2010 Clemson dedicates Scroll of Honor Memorial, which honors alumni who gave their lives in service to their country. Clemson publicly announces largest private fund-raising effort in University history, the Will to Lead Campaign, with goal of $600 million to support students and faculty through endowed scholarships, fellowships, professorships and chairs, as well as improved facilities and technology. Harris Smith Building, home of Sonoco Institute for Packaging Design and Graphics, becomes first on-campus facility to achieve LEED Gold certification. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science also certified LEED Gold.
2011 Board of Trustees approves Clemson 2020 Road Map, strategic plan for next decade.
2012 Class of 1956 Academic Success Center and Lee Hall complex dedicated. Center for Emerging Technologies, first multi-tenant building at CU-ICAR, opens to provide office and lab space for startup companies and entrepreneurs. Will to Lead campaign exceeds goal of $600 million by nearly $9 million. Trustees announce decision to extend campaign with new goal of $1 billion.