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Alma Clayton-Pedersen, Ph.D.

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Alma Clayton-Pedersen, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Emeritus Consulting Group
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Dr. Clayton-Pedersen is CEO of Emeritus Consulting Group, a firm that uses organizational development principles to assist nonprofit, public and education entities in enhancing their effectiveness for the public good.

From 2010 – 2016 she was an AAC&U Senior Scholar serving as co-PI and director of the Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future project funded by the National Science Foundation. From 2000 – 2010 she was an AAC&U Vice President directing several ongoing programs. As VP she also led major initiatives including Making Excellence Inclusive and grant-funded projects like the Campus Diversity Initiative Evaluation Project. The latter project resulted in research briefs and a monograph for implementing, evaluating, and sustaining comprehensive campus diversity work.

She spent 16 years at Vanderbilt University in student, academic and athletic affairs and a public policy center including Associate Dean of Peabody College. While there, she co-authored Enhancing Campus Climates for Racial/Ethnic Diversity: Educational Policy and Practice.