Clemson wants to hire 86 new faculty over 5 years

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson University is seeking $5 million in the coming year to begin hiring 86 faculty members.

University president James Barker asked a House budget-writing panel Wednesday for $12 million in additional money. That includes $5 million for the first phase of a five-year hiring plan, as the university continues its new mantra of divesting to invest.

Barker says the university has eliminated 550 positions over the last three years through buy-out offers and normal attrition. He says there were no layoffs.

Barker says the 86 new positions will boost the university's four focus areas: health, energy, environmental sustainability and transportation.

Barker also asked for $46 million in one-time money for building programs, mostly to renovate two of the campuses' oldest buildings and other maintenance needs.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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