WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Wayne Clough, President of the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been named to succeed Dr. Charles M. Vest as the new University Co-Vice Chairman of the Council on Competitiveness. The Council on Competitiveness is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization whose members are corporation chief executives, university professors and labor leaders dedicated to setting an action agenda to drive U.S. economic competitiveness and leadership. The Council is made up of three Co-Vice Chairs, each representing Industry, Universities and Labor. Clough joins Sandra Feldman, Immediate Past President of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, who represents Labor, and Duane Ackermann, Chairman and CEO of the BellSouth Corporation, representing Industry. Together, they make up the governing body of the Council on Competitiveness. Dr. Vest is stepping down from the University Co-Vice Chairman position after recently retiring as President of MIT. Dr. Clough, who has been involved with the Council for a number of years, recently helped the Council launch the National Innovation Initiative with co- chair Samuel J. Palmisano, Chairman and CEO of IBM Corporation. This Council Initiative is focused on keeping the United States at the forefront for innovation throughout the world. Dr. Wayne Clough became the tenth President of the Georgia Institute of Technology in September of 1994. Previously, he was a member of the faculty at Duke University, Stanford University, Virginia Tech and the University of Washington. He served as Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, and as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Dr. Clough to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, where he currently is a member of the Nanotechnology Task Force and where he previously chaired the Federal Research and Development Panel. Clough received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Georgia and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkley. The Council on Competitiveness is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose members are corporate chief executives, university presidents, and labor leaders dedicated to setting an action agenda to drive U.S. economic competitiveness and leadership in global markets. The Council helps shape the national debate on competitiveness by concentrating on a few crucial issues including national and regional innovation, competitiveness and security, globalization, workforce development, and the benchmarking of U.S. economic performance against other countries. For more information about the Council on Competitiveness, please visit http://www.compete.org .
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