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David Clayton, former director of the Greenville Technical College Center for Manufacturing Innovation, has been named an assistant vice president for the Clemson University Office of Corporate Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives.

Clayton will be based in Greenville at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research and will work to develop and manage business development strategies and grow corporate partnerships for the university, according to a news release.

David Clayton“David’s success in developing strategic corporate partnerships and his business and government contacts will be invaluable as we work to offer our students purposeful educational experiences, innovate new technologies and provide the talent pipeline for industry in our state,” said Jack Ellenberg, associate vice president of corporate partnerships and strategic initiatives, in the release. “At the Center for Manufacturing Innovation, he created an environment that integrated research and education with collaborative R&D projects to teach production and engineering technicians for advanced manufacturing.”

Since 2015, when he became inaugural leader of the Center for Manufacturing Innovation on the CU-ICAR campus, Clayton has developed strategic partnerships with corporate partners. Working with the Greenville Tech Foundation, he secured $4.6 million in donations and $1.8 million in consigned and donated equipment for the 100,000-square-foot manufacturing and education facility, the release said.

Clayton ended his tenure with the Center for Manufacturing Innovation on Oct. 31. Greenville Technical College spokeswoman Becky Mann said the college will start the hiring process soon for Clayton’s replacement.

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