James Frazier Barker

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James Frazier Barker
Born (1947-05-01) May 1, 1947 (age 67)[1]
Kingsport, Tennessee
Nationality American
Alma mater Clemson University
Washington University in St. Louis
Occupation Administrator, Professor
Title President of Clemson University
Term 1999–2013
Predecessor Constantine W. Curris
Successor James P. Clements

James Frazier Barker (born May 1, 1947) is the former president of Clemson University.

Early life and education[edit]

Barker was born in Kingsport, Tennessee. He attended Clemson University and graduated with a degree in architecture in 1970. He then attended Washington University in St. Louis, earning a master's degree in architecture in 1973.[2]

Academic career[edit]

Following graduation, Barker was an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Tennessee, before moving to Mississippi State University in 1974.[3] In 1984 he became dean of architecture at Mississippi State. Barker became dean of architecture at Clemson University in 1986, a position he held until his election as president in 1999.[4]

President of Clemson[edit]

Barker served as President of Clemson from 1999 to 2014. In his inaugural address, Barker stated a goal of having Clemson ranked in the Top 20 public universities, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. In 2009, Barker and the university drew criticism for their methods of pursuing the goal, including accusations of manipulating faculty salary data and giving low peer rankings to competing institutions.[5][6] During his tenure, Clemson's U.S. News ranking has risen from #38 to #22.[5] Barker has overseen the creation of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research and the Restoration Institute in North Charleston (including a $98 million wind turbine research center).[7]

Barker also has served as the chair of the NCAA Division I board of directors from 2007 until 2010,[8][9] and commissioner (2002–2004) and chair (2004–2006) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[3][10]

In January of 2013 Barker underwent five heart bypass surgeries. On April 16, 2013, he announced plans to retire and return full-time to the classroom.[11] James P. Clements replaced him as president on January 1, 2014.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Randall, Henry Pettus, ed. (1969). Who's who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Randall Publishing Company. 
  2. ^ Rogers, Betsy (Spring 2002). "Features". Washington University in St. Louis Magazine. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae of James F. Barker, FAIA". Clemson University. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "James F. Barker". NNDB. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Lederman, Doug (3 June 2009). "'Manipulating,' Er, Influencing 'U.S. News'". Inside Higher Ed. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Lederman, Doug (9 June 2009). "The Best University?". Inside Higher Ed. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Clemson Lands US $98M for Wind Turbine R&D". Renewable Energy World. 1 December 2009. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Division I committees appoint leadership positions". National Collegiate Athletic Association. 7 May 2007. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Brutlag Hosick, Michelle (17 August 2010). "South Florida President Genshaft to chair DI Board". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  10. ^ Warner, John (10 December 2007). "Barker receives meritorious service award from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools". Press release. Swamp Fox. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Shain, Andrew (April 16, 2013). "Clemson president Jim Barker announces retirement". The State (Columbia, SC). Archived from the original on January 5, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Clemson’s Barker praised, thanked as 1,100 graduate". Pickens County Courier. December 24, 2013. Archived from the original on January 5, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2014.