Kevin L. Clayton earned a bachelor of arts degree in government from Lehigh University in 1984, and a M.B.A. degree from St. Joseph’s University in 1988. While at Lehigh, he was class president, a member of the Newman Association, Alpha Tau Omega, and elected to Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society.
Clayton began his 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. In 1995, he joined Oaktree Capital Management, a global investment organization, where he retired as director and principal of the firm in July 2014. In August, he became interim president of Lehigh University and will serve through July 2015.
Clayton has been an integral part of Lehigh serving as a member of Lehigh’s Board of Trustees from 1993 to 1999 and 2005 to 2014. He served as a vice chair of the board before becoming interim president. He is active on many Lehigh planning committees and advisory boards including the Endowment Fund Investment Committee, Lehigh Leadership Council, the College of Business and Economics Advisory Board, and Campus Planning and Operations. Additionally, he chairs the Advancement Committee.
Clayton was a member of both his 10th and 25th Reunion Fund Committees and received the Alumni Award for the Class of 1984 at his 25th reunion. He served as president of the regional Lehigh University Alumni Association Club of Michigan. Clayton chaired the Fraternity Task Force, which established the Residential Environmental Review, an assessment system to strengthen Lehigh’s Greek system. He is also on the executive committee of the Board of Trustees at Blair Academy where he chairs the school’s Investment Committee.
Lisa Clayton has deep family roots in the Lehigh Valley. Born and raised in Bethlehem, her great-grandfather founded the A-Treat Bottling Company. She is the daughter of Jim and Lorraine Egizio of Center Valley, PA.
The Claytons are long-time members of the Asa Packer Society and the Tower Society. Their generous contributions include supporting the Annual Fund, the Athletics Partnership Program, and the Dean’s Strategic Initiative Fund. Wanting to see students compete successfully in a global environment beyond graduation, 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. In honor of Kevin’s parents, they created the William L. and Carol L. Clayton Endowed Scholarship Fund. William Clayton ’51, ’87H served on Lehigh University’s Board of Trustees from 1979 to 1999. He was a member of the executive committee and is now a trustee emeritus.
The Claytons reside in Far Hills, New Jersey. They have three children Jessica, Patrick ’13, and Grace.