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Associate Dean Bruce Clayton Retires

Associate Dean Bruce Clayton Retires

Bruce Clayton

Associate Dean Bruce Clayton, a third-generation pharmacist from Grand Island, Nebraska, found his calling in education, forgoing a position at Clayton’s Family Pharmacy with the blessing of his father. Clayton has been helping to steer the ship for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) since 1989. His affable demeanor and gracious manners, along with his encyclopedic knowledge of COPHS policy and history has been invaluable to faculty and students alike. 

The Physician Assistant (PA) program holds a special affection for Clayton, as it was he, along with Laurie Pylitt, who created the initial proposal for the Butler University PA program. Clayton noted that in the early 1990s federal funding ceased for many PA programs across the United States, forcing many programs to close. Clayton saw this as an opportunity for Butler University. After successfully securing the support for the PA program from the Board of Trustees and the Indianapolis medical community, Clayton went on to write the curriculum and arrange the faculty for the first class, which matriculated in 1995. 

When asked if there were any obstacles to overcome in the early days of development, Clayton remarked, “There were surprisingly few. The University was very supportive and the physicians at Methodist Hospit

al were enthusiastic about taking on the clinical portion of the PA education.” Clayton has been able to see the small, fledgling PA program with two faculty members and eight students grow into its current form as an esteemed program with students enrolling from all corners of the country.

Clayton’s initial retirement plans include traveling with his wife Francine to see relatives across the world, and spending more time with his grandchildren. He might even have time to resume his interest in photography and target shooting.