Crystal Clayton Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Higher Education, 2015
Executive director of the Hegi Family Career Development Center at Southern Methodist University.
Crystal Clayton, a career-management professional with more than 20 years of experience working with graduate and undergraduate students, is the executive director of the Hegi Family Career Development Center at Southern Methodist University. She began her new duties Aug. 28, 2017.
Clayton had previously been director of the JCPenney Leadership Center and an adjunct management instructor in the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business. Clayton has also served as director of student services and associate director for career management with the Full-Time MBA Program in Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Clayton’s professional recognitions include a 2015 Students' Choice Staff Appreciation Award and a 2013-14 Dean’s Excellence Award for Professional Staff from OU. Currently, she serves on the executive committee of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Griffiths Leadership Society for Women. From 2009 to 2012, she served as a board member of the American College Personnel Association’s Commission for Career Development.
A native of St. Louis, Clayton received her B.A. degree in English from Truman State University. She earned an M.A. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and an Ed.D. degree in educational leadership and higher education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.