Wed September 30, 2009 at Bass Lecture Hall
As Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget from 2003 through 2008, Clay led what most informed observers consider to be the most successful reform of the Federal government’s management practices in modern times. As Executive Director of the Bush-Cheney Transition in 2000-2001, he organized and led what most students of such matters believe to be the most successful American presidential transition in recent memory. He also worked closely with Governor and President George W. Bush to select and recruit the senior officials for his administrations, and served as Governor Bush’s Chief of Staff. Clay is respected for his accomplishments in Washington by critics and supporters alike, and by his predecessors and successors.
Prior to his government work, Clay served as president of the nationally prominent Horchow and Neiman Marcus mail order companies. He also held management positions at Pepsico, Citicorp, and the Dallas Museum of Art. He has a BS degree in Administrative Sciences from Yale University and an MS degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.