Dr Phillip L. Clay
Dr Phillip L. Clay

As MIT’s chancellor from 2001 to 2011, Dr Phillip L. Clay served as one of the Institute’s two most senior academic officers. He has been a faculty member at MIT since 1975 and has held academic leadership positions at MIT for nearly two decades.

A driving force behind the Campaign for Students at MIT, Clay has helped raise more than $500 million to support future generations of MIT students. Under his leadership, MIT was able to improve the quality, diversity and breadth of achievement of students admitted to undergraduate programmes. Similarly, he advanced initiatives for an improved quality of student life and learning experience including expanded graduate housing, better mental health and support services, and opportunities for global education and exposure. During the recent financial crisis, Clay played a leadership role in managing the recent global financial crisis and bringing MIT to a solid financial footing.

Dr Clay is a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and widely known for his work in U.S. housing policy and community-based development. His research, writing, as well as contributions to a range of public and private initiatives continue to influence U.S. housing and urban policy.

From 2002 to 2006, he served as the chairman of the board of Roxbury Community College and was recently appointed to the board of trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a member and vice chair of the MasterCard Foundation board.

Born and raised in Wilmington, N.C., Clay is a 1964 graduate of Williston High School and received the AB degree with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1968. He and his wife, Cassandra, live in Boston.​