Dr. Joy Clay

Dr. Joy Clay

Professor Emeritus

Office Hours


Administrative Theory; Organizational Leadership and Evaluation; Health Policy; Public Budgeting and Finance

Educational Background:

Ph.D., 1991, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA), Major: Public Administration and Public Affairs.

M.A., 1974, Loyola University (Chicago, IL) Major: Colonial Latin American History.

B.A., 1971, University of Washington (Seattle, WA) Major: History


Dr. Clay, Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Clay has been on the faculty of the Graduate Program in Public Administration since 1990, where she has served as Department Chairman and MHA Program Coordinator. Dr. Clay worked for the Veterans Administration Central Office in Washington, D.C. for 13 years. Her recent publications are in the areas of organizational effectiveness and performance management. Dr. Clay teaches courses that range from public administration theory to finance and budgeting. She has served as a consultant to the City of Memphis Budget Office and currently serves on various public health-related advisory boards.