David Clayton

David Clayton serves Clemson University as Executive Director of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research and Assistant Vice President for Corporate Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives. Based in Greenville, David works closely corporate partners to establish and execute cooperative research projects and broader strategic programs for the mutual benefit of industry and the university. Prior to joining Clemson, David was the inaugural Executive Director of the Center for Manufacturing Innovation, a collaboration between Greenville Technical College and Clemson University that offers research and workforce development solutions for regional manufacturers. David previously served as the Director of the Research Division at the South Carolina Department of Commerce, a senior director at Resurgent Capital Services, a marketing strategy analyst at PTV Loxane in Paris, France, and a senior design engineer at General Electric Gas Turbines and Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel. David earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Clemson University and an International MBA from the University of South Carolina