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Panelist Bio


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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     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square 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.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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