Clemson AD plans to retire by July 2013

Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips will retire at or before the end of his contract, which runs until July 2013, the school announced on Thursday.

Clemson president James F. Barker said a national search for a successor will be launched this fall, and the goal is to have one named by the time Phillips’ contract ends so there is no need to appoint an interim director.

“As I am now in the final year of my contract, I have decided to publicly announce my retirement plans, so that President Barker can have as much time and flexibility as is needed to conduct a search and ensure a smooth transition in leadership,” Phillips said in a prepared statement. “I’m very proud of what we have accomplished at Clemson, and I believe the future for the athletics program is bright.”

Phillips recently said he would not seek a contract extension this year, so it shouldn't come as a surprise. He has been at Clemson since 2002.