Clemson, SC (WLTX) - Clemson Atheltics Director Terry Don Phillips announced Thursday that he plans to retire when his current contract expires next summer.
The university sent a statement confirming that Phillips had informed Clemson President James F. Barker and the trustees of his plans. Phillips says he'll stay on until July of 2013.
"I'm very proud of what we have accomplished at Clemson, and I believe the future for the athletics program is bright," Phillips said in a statement.
During his 10-year tenure, Phillips oversaw a $140 million investment in facilities and a rising academic peformance by student athletes, capped by a record 2.99 G.P.A. in spring of 2012.
"Clemson is a better university because of Terry Don Phillips," Barker said. "His integrity, dedication and business insights have made Clemson's athletics programs stronger financially, academically and competitively."
Barker said a national search for a successor will be launched this fall, and they plan to have the new AD when Phillips leaves.