Trustees approve academic program updates, facility plans, and Woodland Cemetery policy at quarterly fall meetings


At its Fall 2022 quarterly meetings this week, the Clemson University Board of Trustees approved a number of facility plans, adopted an updated policy for burial at Woodland Cemetery, and approved the tuition schedules for graduate programs in the upcoming academic year. The Council also approved a new master’s program in public health, a new department of interdisciplinary studies and a name change for the Nieri Department of Construction, Development and Planning.

Clemson President James P. Clements presented a detailed report to the full Board of Trustees, reviewing the University’s progress on several key points. The president also highlighted a team of bioengineering students who won a pair of national titles in the Collegiate Inventors Competition.

Council adopted an updated policy establishing criteria for future interments at Woodland Cemetery. The policy enforces guiding principles that existing burials will be preserved and a historic preservation plan put in place that honors and respects all those buried here.

“This is a significant moment in the history of Clemson University as we honor the lives of those who are buried and those whose final resting place will be in Woodland Cemetery,” said the board chair. of Directors, Kim Wilkerson. “The council deeply appreciates the understanding of the modern burial families and the descendant community as we conduct research to establish a preservation plan that respects all those interred at Woodland Cemetery.”

During committee meetings on Thursday and Friday, the board received reports from the administration on accomplishments at the start of the fall semester, updates on ongoing facility projects, as well as details and requests for approval of measures to be taken.

The Board was also made aware of the implementation of a reorganization of the University’s marketing and communications function, including the renaming of the University Relations Division to the Marketing and Communications Division.



  • Creation of a new Master of Public Health program at the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (CBSHS) designed to prepare public health professionals to work with rural populations, as well as to protect and improve the public health. The degree will have two concentrations, including Rural and Community Health (RCH) and Outcomes and Quality Improvement (OQI). (Start date – Fall 2023)
  • Creation of a new Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities (CAAH) to serve as the academic and administrative headquarters for three existing undergraduate programs, one existing interdisciplinary Ph.D. existing technical writing curriculum and courses for non-English speaking majors. (Effective Date – July 2023)
  • Renaming of the Nieri Family Construction Science and Management Department to the Nieri Construction, Development and Planning Department following a reorganization of the departments by the college.


  • Resolution of obligations to fund part of the construction and approval of Phase II of the 143,000 square foot Advanced Materials Innovation Complex project, which will address the lack of research space capable of supporting research initiatives. modern research and help create the next generation of engineers and scientists.
  • Approval of Phase II of the Johnstone/Union demolition project, which will save the University $1.6 million per year and create additional green space on the main campus as part of the revitalization effort campus and improving security.
  • Approval of projects with budgets under $5 million, which include renovations to the Edisto REC Discovery Heritage Center, ADA accessibility improvements, addition of sidewalks, lighting, storm drainage and landscaping on the North Lawn area directly behind the Cooper Library and renovations to support the Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program.


  • The board approved the administration’s recommendation of a new University-wide strategic plan titled “Clemson Elevate” to be introduced in 2023.

The next quarterly board meeting is scheduled for February 2-3, 2023.

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