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Statement on President’s Task Force on Athletic Admissions

Feb. 22, 2007


To: President’s Task Force on Athletic Admissions

From: President James F. Barker

Date: February 22, 2007

As promised in a recent e-mail letter to the campus, I am appointing a President’s Task Force on Athletic Admissions to examine every aspect of our current process for student-athlete admissions and recommend any changes that will ensure that Clemson’s process has a level playing field with our competition while preserving academic integrity. I ask that you serve on the task force.

The task force will comprise: – Dr. Dori Helms, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, co-chair – Dr. Terry Don Phillips, Director of Athletics, co-chair – Tommy Bowden) – Dr. Ron Bradley (designated by Head Men’s Basketball Coach Oliver Purnell) – Dr. Charles Gooding, President-elect of the Faculty Senate – Dr. Jan Murdoch, Dean of Undergraduate Studies

I am also appointing a Resource Group to work with the task force. These individuals will be available to provide background, data, benchmark information from other institutions, and significant professional insights about recruiting and admissions issues. Each member of the Resource Group will have the opportunity to interact with the task force throughout this process; however, the task force may solicit information from other sources as needed.

The Resource Group will comprise: – Robert Barkley, Director of Undergraduate Admissions – Dr. Larry LaForge, NCAA Faculty Representative – Head Football Coach Tommy Bowden – Head Men’s Basketball Coach Oliver Purnell – Head Baseball Coach Jack Leggett – Dr. Janie Hodge, Chair of the Athletics Council – Dr. Ronnie Chrestman, Office of Institutional Research – Dr. Maria Herbst, Vickery Hall learning specialist – Barbara Kennedy-Dixon, Senior Women’s Administrator/Associate Athletic Director

I ask that the work of the task force be completed by March 30. Brenda Smith will contact you to schedule the first meeting. Thank you for your participation in this review.