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Philip Clay, ‘68

With graduate education in City Planning, I have moved some distance from classical sociology, but demographics and race relations have figured prominently in my work as well building from the model provided in the advising I received as an undergraduate. I earned the Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975. I have been a professor of city planning at MIT since that time and served as MIT’s chancellor from 2001 to 2011.

As chancellor and a senior administrator, I was involved in educational and research initiatives that MIT conducted with governments, corporations, and universities in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East to design sectoral or national strategies to harness the power of advanced research and education to advance national development goals. I am also experienced in higher-education development and administration. I have been a trustee of the Kresge Foundation and a founding member and former vice chair of the MasterCard Foundation.  I currently serve on the board of the Aga Khan University and on an advisory committee of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences and was previously a member of the board the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  As a faculty member, I have been active as a consultant on housing and urban policy.

Phillip L.Clay, Class of ’22 Professor of City Planning

Massachusetts Institute of  Technology


Submitted December 2015