Clemson University President James Barker to undergo emergency heart surgery Friday
CLEMSON — Clemson University President James Barker will undergo emergency triple-bypass surgery Friday at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Barker announced the surgery in an email to Clemson staff this afternoon. The Post and Courier obtained a copy of the email. Barker said blockages were discovered during a medical exam this week.
“This will require a hospital stay of five to seven days with visitation limited to family, and I anticipate a medical leave for recovery,” Barker wrote. “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.”
Provost Dori Helms will assume Barker’s responsibilities during his absence.
The Clemson Board of Trustees has called an emergency meeting for Friday morning.