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Phillip L. Clay PhD '75

Professor of Urban Studies and Planning

Chancellor, 2001 - 2011

Professor of Urban Studies and Planning

Chancellor, 2001 - 2011

Phillip L. Clay PhD ’75
Professor of Urban Studies and Planning
Chancellor 2001 – 2011
Associate Provost 1994 – 2001
Department Head of Urban Studies and Planning 1992 – 1994

With a lifelong interest in urban studies, Phillip Clay is recognized for his contributions to US housing policy and community-based development; he continues to participate in a number of housing organizations. Professor Clay became chancellor of MIT in 2001, in which role he oversaw graduate and undergraduate education, student life, student services, international initiatives, and certain institutional partnerships.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Groundbreaking study commissioned by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation in which Professor Clay identified conditions resulting in the erosion of low-income rental housing.
  • Involvement in creating the US Housing Act of 1990.
  • Administrative experiences at MIT as head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, associate provost, and chancellor.
  • Investigation into and resignation of dean of admissions Marilee Jones.
  • Being a minority faculty member in the MIT environment.

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