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TWU names experienced higher education administrator Kay Clayton as new provost


DENTON/DALLAS/HOUSTON — Continuing to grow enrollment and expanding academic programs to meet the needs of the citizens of Texas are the priorities of new Texas Woman’s University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kay Clayton. A TWU alumna, Dr. Clayton will begin her duties at TWU on July 1.

“I want to build on TWU’s foundation of excellence and provide the leadership to expand those programs that can, and should, grow and also to identify new areas for program development to meet the needs of the citizens of Texas,” Dr. Clayton said. “The challenge, as always, will be finding the resources to enable this growth and expansion to happen.”

“TWU is a wonderful university with many important programs,” she added. “By working together and striving for excellence, we – the faculty, students, staff, and administration – can reach a new level of achievement. The future of the university is very bright indeed, and I am excited to be a part of the leadership team.”

Dr. Clayton currently is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Her experience includes more than 12 years of senior administrative duties at A&M-Kingsville, including professor and chair of the department of human sciences. At the national level, she has recent experience with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation process, and she continues to provide leadership training to new provosts for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

"Dr. Clayton is the right choice to lead us into the future,” said TWU President and Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart. “Our enrollment has grown tremendously; we are well into implementing our strategic plans, and we are preparing to build a new Dallas campus. Dr. Clayton will be an integral part of our success during this dynamic time.”

Dr. Clayton earned her Ph.D. in education from TWU. She received her master’s degree in education from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and her bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University. She replaces current TWU Provost Dr. Carolyn Gunning, who is retiring at the end of the spring semester.

“I will work very hard to lead the academic units in achieving the highest of standards in teaching, research and service so that we can continue to make significant and meaningful contributions to our society through higher education,” Dr. Clayton said.

Texas Woman’s University is the nation’s largest university primarily for women with campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. Six consecutive years of enrollment growth produced a record enrollment of 12,183 students in fall 2007. For more information, visit www.twu.edu.



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