DECO leader to serve as acting provost at TU

TOWSON, Md. (March 28, 2007)-- James P. Clements will assume the position of acting provost and vice president for Academic Affairs as of April 2. Clements is currently vice president of the Division of Economic and Community Outreach (DECO). While in his new position, he will retainDr. Jim Clements with President Bob Caret full administrative responsibility for DECO.

As vice president, Clements has been a member of the president’s Cabinet and oversees a staff of approximately 130 employees. Under his guidance DECO has created a wide range of education, community and business partnerships. In cooperation with Academic Affairs he shared responsibility for extended education initiatives and development of off-campus centers and the creation of new online education programs.

Prior to assuming his position at DECO in January 2004, Clements was a faculty member in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and executive director of the Center for Applied Information Technology (CAIT). He joined Towson University in 1989 as a visiting assistant professor. He received early promotion to associate professor, with tenure, in 1995, then becoming full professor in 2000.  He served as department chair from 1997 to 1999.  He has served on many department, college and university committees including Assessment, Curriculum, Promotion & Tenure and various faculty and university search committees. 

Clements’ academic and research accomplishments include the publishing of more than 50 papers on management information systems and technology. The third edition of his project management book is used in 30 countries and has been published in three languages; a fourth edition is scheduled for spring 2008. As a professor he received the Spirit of the University award in 2003 and has been honored with a number of outstanding teacher awards. In 2002 he was named the Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor of Information Technology. Active in the pursuit of grants, he has participated in securing several millions of dollars in grants.

Clements holds a B.S. in computer science from University of Maryland Baltimore County, an M.S. in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in operations analysis from UMBC.



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