Kevin Clayton, ’84, ’13P,
was appointed Interim President of Lehigh on July 9, 2014. Along with serving
as Interim President, Mr. Clayton is also a co-chair of the Presidential Search Committee. His term is
effective Aug. 1, 2014.
Mr. Clayton is a former
principal and director of the global investment management firm Oaktree Capital
Management, L.P., where he had a distinguished 19-year career. Upon his
appointment at Lehigh, Mr. Clayton announced his retirement from Oaktree.
A graduate of Lehigh’s
College of Arts and Sciences, Clayton earned a B.A. in Government from Lehigh
in 1984 and an M.B.A. degree from St. Joseph’s University in 1988. Clayton
embarked on his lifelong service to Lehigh during his undergraduate years, serving as a four-year class president and as a member of the Newman
Association and Alpha Tau Omega. Clayton was also elected to Omicron Delta
Kappa, the national leadership honor society.
Clayton has served as a member of the Board of Trustees during the period from 1993 to 1999 and again from 2005 until his appointment as Interim President. As a member of the Board, Clayton has been an active member of the Finance Committee; Endowment Fund Investment Committee; the Campus Planning and Operations Committee (former Chair); the Student Affairs Committee, and the Advancement Committee (Chair) of the Board. Clayton has also served on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Business and Economics.
Clayton and his family have long-standing ties to and a profound love for Lehigh. They have supported the University in numerous ways over many years. His late father, William Clayton ’51, was a Lehigh trustee for more than 20 years and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Board. Kevin and his wife Lisa, daughter of James and Lorraine Egizio of Center Valley, PA, have continued and built on the tradition of financial support of Lehigh by the Clayton family.
In honor of Kevin’s parents, Lisa and Kevin established the William L. and Carol L. Clayton Endowed Scholarship Fund in 2003. In 2008, they established the Lisa A. and Kevin L. Clayton ’84 Endowed Scholarship Fund to support students enrolled in South Mountain College, a residential academic program that focuses on interdisciplinary learning. Their contributions also include supporting the Annual Fund, the Athletics Partnership Program, and the Dean’s Strategic Initiative.
Lisa A. and Kevin L. Clayton ’84 ’13P at Lehigh University’s Leadership Plaza on Founder’s Day, 2012.
Longtime members of the Asa Packer Society and the Tower Society, Lisa and Kevin were honored at Lehigh’s 2012 Founder’s Day ceremony. Their names are engraved on Leadership Plaza, outside of the Alumni Memorial Building, in recognition of their philanthropy and commitment to Lehigh, joining Clayton’s parents, who are also recognized on Leadership Plaza. Continuing their commitment to and support of Lehigh, Lisa and Kevin in 2013 established and funded the Kevin L. Clayton ’84 ’13P and Lisa A. Clayton ’13P Deanship for the College of Business and Economics.
Clayton recently completed service as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees at Blair Academy where he chaired the Endowment Fund Investment Committee.
Clayton began his business career with Chrysler Corporation, holding a variety of management positions in the U.S. Automotive Sales and Marketing Division. In 1990, he moved to Trust Company of the West, rising to senior vice president. He then joined Oaktree in 1995, where he founded the Marketing and Client Relations department.
The Claytons reside in Far Hills, N.J., and have three children: Jessica, Patrick ’13 and Grace.