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PRESIDENTS OF GEORGIA TECH


Isaac S. Hopkins
1888-1896

Lyman Hall
1896-1905

Kenneth G. Matheson
1906-1922

Marion L. Brittain
1922-1944

Colonel Blake R. Van Leer
1944-1956

Paul Weber
Acting President
1956-1957

Edwin D. Harrison
1957-1969

Vernon Crawford
Acting President
1969


 


Arthur G. Hansen
1969-1971

James E. Boyd
Acting President
1971-1972

Joseph M. Pettit
1972-1986

Henry C. Bourne, Jr.
Acting President
1986-1987

John Patrick Crecine
1987-1994

Michael E. Thomas
Acting President
1994

G. Wayne Clough
1994-Present

President G. Wayne Clough, Ph.D.

 

In September, 1994, Dr. G. Wayne Clough became the tenth President of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the first alumnus to serve as president. Dr. Clough received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1964 and 1965, and a Ph.D. in 1969 in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Clough was a member of the faculty at Duke University, Stanford University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Washington. He served as Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, and as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington.

During his tenure as president, Georgia Tech served as the Olympic Village for the 1996 Centennial Olympics. Research expenditures have increased from $212 million to $425 million, a required computer initiative for all students was implemented, and enrollment has increased from 13,000 to 17,000. Over $1 billion in private gifts have been obtained. A state-wide Georgia Tech regional engineering program has been implemented. An ambitious building program of over $900 million has been completed with another $300 million in planning or design. In 1999, Georgia Tech received the Hesburgh Award, the nation's top recognition for support of undergraduate teaching and learning; and in 2003 it was ranked among the top ten public universities by U.S. News and World Report. In 2001 and 2002, Black Issues in Higher Education cited Georgia Tech as the only university to graduate the largest number of African-American engineers at all three levels: Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D.

Dr. Clough has been recognized for his teaching and research, including a total of nine national awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers, most recently the 2004 OPAL lifetime award for contributions to education. He is one of a handful of civil engineers to have been twice awarded Civil Engineering's oldest recognition, the Norman Medal, in 1982 and in 1996. He received the George Westinghouse Award from the American Society of Engineering Education in 1986 for outstanding teaching and research. In 1990, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He was awarded the 2002 National Engineering Award by the American Association of Engineering Societies and in 2004 was named as a Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Engineering at U.C. Berkeley.

In 2004, Dr. Clough was named to the National Science Board. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Dr. Clough to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and he currently is a member of the nanotechnology task force and previously chaired the Federal Research and Development panel. Clough's other current service activities include: University Vice Chair of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness where he co-Chairs the National Innovation Initiative; he chairs the Engineer of 2020 Project for the NAE. Previously Clough chaired Governor Barnes' Blue Ribbon Natural Gas Task Force and Mayor Franklin's Clean Water Advisory Panel. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and a Trustee of Georgia Research Alliance. Clough serves on the Board of Advisors for Noro-Moseley Partners, the southeast's largest venture capital fund, and the Board of Directors of TSYS of Columbus, Ga. He serves as a special consultant to the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit System for ongoing major seismic retrofit operations. For eight years Georgia Trend magazine has listed him among the 100 Most Influential People in Georgia.

Clough's interests include technology and higher education policy, economic development, diversity in higher education, and technology in a global setting. His civil engineering specialty is in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. Dr. Clough has published over 120 papers and reports and six book chapters.