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.

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