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Clemson University’s David Clayton and Lee Gill named to the 2021 Greenville Business Magazine’s 50 Most Influential list


David Clayton, executive director, CU-ICAR and assistant vice president, Office of Corporate Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives and Chief Inclusion and Equity Officer and Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion and Equity Lee Gill have been named to Greenville Business Magazine’s 50 Most Influential list. 

Annually, Greenville Business Magazine honors 50 men and women chosen from staff research and community nominations. In 2020, Greenville Business magazine inducted President Jim Clements and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees E. Smyth McKissick into its Hall of Fame. 

More About David Clayton 

With more than twenty years’ experience in higher education, industry and public service, David Clayton is an expert in southeast economic development strategy, advanced manufacturing and the mobility industry. His work spans public-private partnership development, corporate engagement, business development, market research, financial services, transportation and nuclear engineering. Working closely with industry, Clayton develops corporate partnership models supporting opportunities for students as well as industry partners that are in line with Clemson’s land-grant mission to the state and its residents.  

More About Lee Gill 

Lee Gill has spent more than 25 years guiding organizations to more inclusive work environments. Some of the nation’s most prestigious organizations have sought his expertise, including Whirlpool, Horizon Bank, the University of Michigan and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Board. 

Since joining Clemson in 2016, Gill has led the effort to develop and institute robust programs to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts at Clemson. His work has led to the creation of more than 31 programs and initiatives. The highly acclaimed Men of Color National Summit brings together 2,000 young African American and Hispanic youth, business professionals and educators, and the Women’s Roundtable brings approximately 500 participants together, focusing on the tools and skill sets necessary to navigate educational and professional environments. 

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