Clemson working on transition plan in wake of Kelly's pending departure

John Kelly, Clemson University's vice president for economic development, has been hired as president of Florida Atlantic University.

Clemson University is working on a transition plan after vice president for economic development John Kelly announced last week that he was leaving for the president's post at Florida Atlantic University.

Kelly was promoted to the vice president position at Clemson in November. Before that, he served as executive director of the Clemson University Restoration Institute, where he was a leader in opening the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center, a massive wind turbine testing facility on the former Navy base in North Charleston.

In his position as vice president, Kelly oversaw the Restoration Institute, the International Center for Automotive Research, known as CU-ICAR in Greenville, and other economic-development initiatives statewide.

Clemson President James Clements said the university over the next few days will be working to develop a plan for a seamless leadership transition for economic development and agriculture programs.

Nick Rigas now serves as the Restoration Institute's executive director.

Kelly could not be reached for comment Tuesday.