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MIT Chancellor and UNC Trustee Phillip Clay will share his experiences at MIT in a discussion about how UNC-Chapel Hill might approach innovation. The conversation and brainstorming session will be in the Hyde Hall Incubator (2nd floor) from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 27.

Clay will share “A Strategy for UNC: What Makes Us Different from MIT and How to Make the Most of It.” The conversation will explore ways that UNC might approach innovation and will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

In addition to serving as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology chancellor, Clay is a professor of city planning. According to his UNC Board of Trustees biography, Clay graduated from Carolina with a B.A. degree with honors in 1968 and earned his Ph.D. in 1975 from MIT. He received the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2002. Clay serves on the Academic Leadership Program National Advisory Board for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Dr. Clay, widely known for his work in U.S. housing policy, is president of the Board of Directors of the Community Builders, the nation’s largest nonprofit developer of affordable housing. He serves on several boards and councils that address public policy and education in the United States and abroad.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and the Minor in Entrepreneurship. This program supports the Innovate@Carolina Roadmap, UNC’s plan to help Carolina become a world leader in launching university-born ideas for the good of society. To learn more about the roadmap, visit