She was born in Newark, N.J., grew up in Orange, N.J. and now lives in San Antonio, Texas. The NJIT Board of Overseers is composed of senior executives, CEOs and entrepreneurs. Board members provide a broad range of advocacy for and support to NJIT, both corporate and personal. Beyond creating a connection between the university and the corporation, some overseers have demonstrated their personal commitment by creating scholarships to honor loved ones. These businessmen and women also serve as professional advisors, supplying expertise in a multitude of areas including marketing and strategic planning.
Clayton has overall responsibility for large aircraft modification center in San Antonio, Texas, and tactical aircraft modification centers at Williams-Gateway in Mesa, Ariz., and Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Fla. Prior to this assignment, she was vice president of quality for Boeing Military Aircraft and Missile Systems.
Clayton joined McDonnell Douglas in 1995 as director of the Machining Center. She later became division director of Fabrication in St. Louis, Mo., with responsibility for the strategic manufacturing centers for tooling, composites, and machining, as well as the sheet metal center. Before coming to McDonnell Douglas, she held a number of increasingly responsible positions in manufacturing, procurement, project management and plant operations at Lockheed Martin, General Electric, RCA and General Motors.
Clayton holds a master’s degree in business management from Webster University and a bachelor's degree in industrial administration, with a concentration in industrial engineering and finance, from NJIT.
Throughout her career, Clayton has participated in numerous community, church and civic activities. She is currently a board member of the St. Louis Academy of Science, a member of the Board of Regents at Linn State Technical College, a member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Amelia Earhardt Society, and a member of Leadership America. She is also a member of the American Society of Industrial Engineers.
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