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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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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m.

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Patricia Smith, with the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University, moderate the discussion.

“Election 2016” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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