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Antonio 'Tony' M. Clayton
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for the Southern University System

Atty. Antonio “Tony” M. Clayton assumed the office of Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Southern University on January 1, 2009 and thus, became the tenth person to hold this distinguished position in the Board’s thirty-four year existence. Atty. Clayton is the senior partner in the law firm of Clayton and Fruge’ in which the firm has strong emphasis in civil litigation – representing such companies as Ford Motor Company, Mid-Continent Insurance Company and various corporate entities as well as major plaintiff-oriented cases.

Mr. Clayton received an undergraduate degree from Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in Baton Rouge in the area of Political Science; and in 1991, graduated Cum Laude while receiving the Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center.

The Plaquemine, Louisiana native and Oscar, Louisiana resident began his private law practice in 1991. In the ensuing years, his legal career expanded into the public sector as he served in such capacities as Prosecutor and Special Prosecutor, respectively, in the Parish of East Baton Rouge; Special Prosecutor for the 18th Judicial District Court; and as Parish Attorney in the Parish of West Baton Rouge. In 1997, Atty. Clayton became one of the youngest judges in Louisiana when appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to the bench as District Court Judge.

Chairman Clayton’s past and current professional affiliations include – the Southern University Law Center Alumni Organization; American Inns of Court; Barrister; Southern University Board of Supervisors; Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance Commission; Louisiana Tuition Assistance Board; the Louisiana District Attorney Association; Ex-Officio Member, Postsecondary Education Review Commission; and, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

He is married to the former Paula Hartley. He is the proud father of five children.

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