skip to content

TWU Provost Kay Clayton to leave university for medical reasons; Dr. Keith McFarland to serve as acting provost


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University Provost Dr. Kay Clayton announced today that she is leaving the university due to health reasons. Dr. Keith McFarland, retired president of Texas A&M-Commerce, will serve as acting provost beginning March 1.

“Due to serious health issues, I have requested and received a medical leave,” Dr. Clayton said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve TWU in the capacity of provost. TWU is blessed to have outstanding faculty, dedicated support staff, and excellent deans and chairs.”

Dr. Clayton, who earned her Ph.D. in education from TWU, became the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs in July 2008. Her medical leave will begin March 1, and she will retire from the university at the end of August.

“I want to thank Dr. Clayton for her many accomplishments and excellent service while at TWU, including her academic leadership and preparing for our reaffirmation of accreditation,” Chancellor Ann Stuart said.

Dr. McFarland served as president and CEO of Texas A&M-Commerce for 10 years before retiring in 2008. Prior to serving as president, Dr. McFarland served in a various roles for almost 38 years as a history professor, department chair and dean of the graduate school. He brought about significant change and helped establish A&M-Commerce as a strong leader in academic achievement and diversity.

“We welcome Dr. McFarland to TWU and appreciate his willingness to lead as acting provost and vice president for academic affairs during this transition period,” Chancellor Stuart said.

A national search for a new provost will begin in March.


Editor’s note: A photo of Dr. McFarland can be found at

Media Contact

Carolyn Barnes
Associate Vice President for
Marketing & Communication

page updated 11/12/2015 5:12 PM