President Clough Celebrates Milestone Decade

 President Clough Celebrates Milestone Decade

On the evening of June 11, Wayne Clough experienced one of the rarest moments of his tenure as Georgia Tech's president. He was caught off guard.

Alumni Association President Thomas Gay surprised his co-host at the annual Presidents' Dinner with a resounding tribute celebrating Clough's milestone 10th anniversary. About 800 of Georgia Tech's most loyal and generous supporters raised champagne glasses, giving a toast and a standing ovation to Wayne and Anne Clough before breaking into a boisterous rendition of "Ramblin' Wreck."

The first alumnus to serve as president, Clough is steeped in Tech's culture. He is a helluva engineer who excels at accomplishing projects on time and under budget. It took Gay, IM 66, nearly 10 minutes to list the accomplishments of Clough's "amazing 10 years."

During Clough's tenure, the Institute developed a comprehensive strategic plan and a new master plan, served as the Olympic Village during the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, experienced a building program of more than $900 million coupled with another $300 million for planning and design, completed a five-year $712 million capital campaign and launched a campus expansion that vaulted the Downtown Connector, establishing an eight-acre academic oasis in Midtown called Technology Square. A new campus was opened in Savannah that is rapidly expanding to serve a growing student demand.

Research expenditures increased from $200 million to $400 million under Clough and Tech has attracted a stellar faculty that is ranked seventh in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Student enrollment increased to 16,500 while SAT scores improved to an average of 1338. During his administration, more than $1 billion in private gifts have been obtained and an endowment through the Georgia Tech Foundation has grown to $875 million. Intercollegiate sports expanded and the Yellow Jackets celebrated their winningest sports year in school history — 15 of 17 varsity teams advanced to postseason play in 2003-04, with five teams completing the season ranked in the top 10 of their sports nationally.

Clough began his first day as Tech's president at 8 a.m. Sept. 1, 1994, 30 years after he received his undergraduate diploma in civil engineering from the Institute. Clough actually completed his undergraduate work in September 1963, but his diploma was not awarded until the June 1964 graduation. He earned his master's degree in civil engineering from Tech in 1965 and his PhD from the University of California-Berkeley in 1969. Recently it was announced that he will receive the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Berkeley College of Engineering.

He was a member of the faculty at Duke and Stanford universities, dean of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech and provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington.

In 1990, Clough was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He has received eight national awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers for his teaching and research, including the 2004 OPAL Award for Lifetime Achievement. He is one of the few civil engineers to have been twice awarded the organization's oldest recognition, the Norman Medal, in 1982 and 1996. In 2002, Clough was appointed by President George W. Bush to his Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and he was named recipient of the National Engineering Award by the American Association of Engineering Societies.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Georgia Tech among the top 10 public universities and ranks its engineering college in the top five. The School of Industrial and Systems Engineering has been No. 1 in the country for 13 out of the last 14 years. In 1999 the Institute received the Hesburgh Award, the nation's top recognition for support of undergraduate teaching and learning, an award few research universities have won.

Clough said his most rewarding accomplishment during the past decade has been "helping to create an outstanding team of administrators, faculty and staff that has led to the advancement of Georgia Tech as an institution — creating a standing that is seen in a similar light with some of the great institutions in the country. A coordinated and inspired team effort allowed Georgia Tech to make strides few others can match."

©2004 Georgia Tech Alumni Association