Kermeta ‘Kay’ Clayton, former Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK) Interim President and former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs died Friday, Jan. 18.
Clayton, 68, served as interim president in 2001 and 2002.
“Karen and I were saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Dr. Kay Clayton last night,” said TAMUK President Steven Tallant.
Clayton held a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University, a master’s from Our Lady of the Lake University and a Ph.D. from Texas Women’s University.
“Although Kay left the university prior to our arrival, we came to know and respect her through her continued support and involvement with Texas A&M-Kingsville,” Tallant said.
“She cared deeply about this university and will be remembered for her long-lasting commitment to our students, faculty and staff.
“We appreciated her friendship and support, and we know she will be dearly missed by many in our Javelina family.”
Clayton joined A&M-Kingsville in 1988, where she served as professor and chair of the Department of Human Sciences, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs, vice president for
Student Affairs and Special Services, senior vice president and provost. She retired in September 2010 from her position at A&M-Kingsville.
Clayton published multiple studies while a professor at A&M-Kingsville.
These studies include, but are not limited to, “A Small‐Group Sex Education/Intervention Model for the Well Elderly: A Challenge for Educators” and “Relationship of Role Preference to Teaching Effectiveness During Student Teaching.”
Tallant asked that students and faculty “please keep Kay’s family in your thoughts at this difficult time.”
The funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Porter Loring Funeral Home in San Antonio at 11:30am.
There will be a memorial on campus pending approval, a family friend reported.