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Phillip L. Clay

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/17/1946
Birth Location:
Wilmington, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/17/1946
Birth Location:
Wilmington
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Biography

When Phillip L. Clay, Ph.D., was appointed as the chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on July 1, 2001, he became the highest-ranking African American official in the Institute’s 136-year history. As chancellor, Clay has oversight responsibility for undergraduate and graduate education, student life and services, research policy, strategic planning, campus development, international initiatives and the management of MIT’s large-scale institutional partnerships.

Born on May 17, 1946, Clay grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina and graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1968. In 1975, he received a Ph.D. in city planning from MIT. Upon graduating from MIT, he was appointed immediately as an assistant professor in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He rose through the ranks, first becoming associate professor and then becoming a full professor in 1992. Between 1980 and 1984, Clay also served as the assistant director of the Joint Center for Urban Studies of MIT and Harvard University.

Clay is recognized as a national authority on urban housing policy and community-based organizational development. He has been the principal investigator in several studies examining affordable housing, housing preservation and urban gentrification. For example, in a 1987 study commissioned by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, he identified the market and institutional conditions contributing to the erosion of low-income rental housing and documented the need for a national preservation policy. He later served on the national commission that recommended the policy that became part of the Housing Act of 1990. In research sponsored by several national foundations, Clay has evaluated the effectiveness of various initiatives to build organizational and developmental capacity in community-based development entities.

Clay is also a founding member of the National Housing Trust, which addressed the issue of housing preservation in urban areas. At the time of the interview, he the vice-president of the board of The Community Builders, one of the country’s largest non-profit producers of affordable housing.

Clay and his wife, Cassandra, live in Boston, and have a daughter, Elizabeth.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Phillip Clay's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Phillip Clay remembers his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Phillip Clay remembers his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Phillip Clay describes his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Phillip Clay describes life with four brothers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Phillip Clay recalls his earliest memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Phillip Clay recalls his childhood environs in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Phillip Clay describes family life in his childhood home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Phillip Clay describes the role of the church in his early life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Phillip Clay remembers influential individuals from his early life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Phillip Clay describes the sights, smells and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Phillip Clay describes his elementary school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Phillip Clay discusses education and politics in the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Phillip Clay shares memories from his school life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Phillip Clay describes his early career aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Phillip Clay explains his decision to attend the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Phillip Clay recalls his undergraduate years at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Phillip Clay discusses his interest in the politics of the 1960s, part I
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Phillip Clay discusses his interest in the politics of the 1960s, part II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Phillip Clay describes his efforts toward the desegregation of schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Phillip Clay describes his student involvement at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Phillip Clay remembers his college mentor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Phillip Clay describes his pursuit of graduate education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Phillip Clay recalls being drafted to serve in the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Phillip Clay recalls his experience as a doctoral student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Phillip Clay discusses his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Phillip Clay discusses occupational opportunities upon receiving his Ph.D.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Phillip Clay lists influential instructors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Phillip Clay lists his first course offerings as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Phillip Clay discusses his appointment at the Joint Center for Urban Studies, Harvard University/The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Phillip Clay reviews his career as faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Phillip Clay describes his responsibilities as Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Phillip Clay reflects on his students' successes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Phillip Clay discusses improving student life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Phillip Clay details his involvement in community development and housing initiatives
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Phillip Clay describes his leadership at Roxbury Community College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Phillip Clay reflects on his life and career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Phillip Clay describes how he'd like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Phillip Clay shares his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Phillip Clay evaluates difficulties facing young black people