- Lieber Memorial Associate Instructor Award (1972)
Dr. W. Clay Hamner received his DBA from Indiana University and his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Hamner was a professor of business at Northwestern University and at Duke University, where he was the director for the Center of Entrepreneurial Studies. As a lecturer at Indiana University, he received the Lieber Memorial Outstanding Teaching Award. He is currently the director for the Center of Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC Kenan-Flagler.
He is also the chairman of Montrose Capital Corporation, which he founded in 1982. Montrose Capital Corporation has owned or held majority interest in over 40 businesses and made numerous venture capital and real estate investments. Dr. Hamner has served on the board of directors of numerous companies including Wendy's International, Inc., Fuqua National Corporation, Triton Group, Ltd., Interstate Johnson Lane, Giga Media, Kleinfeld, Inc., The Pantry, Inc. and Capital Technology, Inc. Dr. Hamner has served on the boards of visitors at UNC Kenan-Flagler, the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, UNC Management Company, Inc., UNC-Chapel Hill Foundation Investment Fund, Inc., Duke University Medical Center, Duke's Fuqua School of Business and the Indiana University business school.