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G. Wayne Clough speeches collection

Identifier: UA336

  • Staff Only


This collection includes speeches, lectures, and presentations given by G. Wayne Clough, during his tenure as the tenth President of the Georgia Institute of Technology (1994-2008). The collection exists only in its original digital form.


  • 1994-2008


Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


838 Item(s)

Scope and Contents

The electronic files in this collection contain transcripts, notes, presentation slides, audio, and video files documenting Clough's public appearances as President of Georgia Tech. They contain annual reports to the Georgia Tech Foundation and Board of Regents, as well as copies of the State of the Institute Address for each year of Clough's term as President. The detail included in the files for each speech or appearance varies from handwritten notes to outlines to entire transcripts. In addition to reports on the status of Georgia Tech, faculty and staff awards, and commencement scripts, notable topics include the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, the development of Technology Square and the expansion of Georia Tech's campus across Interstate 75/85 into Midtown Atlanta, The Engineer of 2020 Project, The National Innovation Institute, and Atlanta's Clean Water Advisory Panel.

Biography of G. Wayne Clough

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 increased from $212 million to $425 million, a required computer initiative for all students was implemented, and enrollment increased from 13,000 to 17,135. Over $1 billion in private gifts were obtained. A state-wide Georgia Tech regional engineering program was implemented. An ambitious building program of over $900 million was 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. The Institute was ranked among the top ten public universities by U.S. News and World Report, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education cites Georgia Tech as the top producer of African-American engineers.

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 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.

President George W. Bush appointed Dr. Clough to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in 2001, and in 2004 Bush nominated him to the National Science Board (NSB). Clough's other service activities include: Vice Chair of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and Co-Chair of the 2004 National Innovation Initiative; Chair of the National Academies Committee on New Orleans Regional Hurricane Protection Projects; and Chair of The Engineer of 2020 Project for the NAE. Previously Clough chaired Georgia Governor Roy Barnes' Blue Ribbon Natural Gas Task Force and Atlanta Mayor Shirley 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 ten 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.

In 2008, Dr. Clough stepped down as President of Georgia Tech on July 1, 2008 to serve as the twelfth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

Adapted from: Georgia Institute of Technology. Office of the President--Biography. [updated 19 January 2008, cited 20 January 2008]. Formerly available from Currently available from


The collection has been divided into fifteen series, arranged by year.

Missing Title

  1. Series 1. 1994 Speeches and Presentations
  2. Series 2. 1995 Speeches and Presentations
  3. Series 3. 1996 Speeches and Presentations
  4. Series 4. 1997 Speeches and Presentations
  5. Series 5. 1998 Speeches and Presentations
  6. Series 6. 1999 Speeches and Presentations
  7. Series 7. 2000 Speeches and Presentations
  8. Series 8. 2001 Speeches and Presentations
  9. Series 9. 2002 Speeches and Presentations
  10. Series 10. 2003 Speeches and Presentations
  11. Series 11. 2004 Speeches and Presentations
  12. Series 12. 2005 Speeches and Presentations
  13. Series 13. 2006 Speeches and Presentations
  14. Series 14. 2007 Speeches and Presentations
  15. Series 15. 2008 Speeches and Presentations

Within each series, the speeches are arranged chronologically.

In Georgia Tech's institutional repository SMARTech, they may be browsed by subject, title, author, or date. They may also be searched by keyword.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

An additional collection summary may be found in SMARTech, Georgia Tech's institutional repository, at


Donated by Sarah Eby-Ebersole. Accession #2006.168 and 2008.003.

Processing Information

Kent Woynowski completed the processing of this collection in August 2008.

Inventory of the G. Wayne Clough Speeches Collection, 1994-2008
Kent Woynowski
Copyright August 2008.
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA