Clemson University President James Barker is having a triple-bypass heart surgery tomorrow. He e-mailed the Clemson students first to tell them about his surgery less than an hour ago (around 5pm or so).
Prayers to him and his family.
Here is the e-mail to the students and professors:
During a medical check-up this week, I became aware of a situation that
will require immediate attention. Tomorrow morning, I will have triple
bypass surgery at Greenville Memorial Hospital in order to treat
blockages that were discovered during a heart catheterization today.
This will require a hospital stay of five to seven days with visitation
limited to family, and I anticipate a medical leave for recovery. I am
delegating the responsibilities of office to Provost Dori Helms until
the Board of Trustees can convene tomorrow and take any appropriate
I have every confidence of a complete recovery for several reasons.
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.
Be assured that I will keep you informed as I learn more from my doctors.