CLEMSON — The late Clayton D. Steadman, former general counsel for Clemson University, was posthumously honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for College and University Attorneys (NACUA).

The award recognizes individuals who have given extraordinary service both to NACUA and to institutions of higher learning over an extended period of time, whether in legal or other capacities. Recipients have made outstanding contributions to the work of the association and to their legal and educational professions.

Steadman died April 17 after suffering a heart attack. He was Clemson’s general counsel from 2004 until the time of his death. He had previously been vice president for legal affairs at the Medical College of Georgia.

A native of Clemson, Steadman received his undergraduate degree in history from Clemson University in 1978 and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the Emory University School of Law in 1982.

Steadman joined NACUA in 1983 and was on the board of directors from 2006 to 2009. He was a member of numerous committees, including the Committee on Publications. He served on that committee for seven years, including one year as vice chairman and one year as chairman. Under his leadership and guidance, NACUA successfully moved from print to electronic publications delivery.

In addition to his work on committees, Steadman was a frequent speaker and discussion leader at more than a dozen annual conferences and many workshops; a contributor to one of NACUA’s first publications, Am I Liable; and the author of numerous articles and papers, including an article in The Journal of College and University Law.


Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NACUA is the primary source of higher education law programming and information for its members and for the higher education community. Founded in 1960, the association serves more than 700 public and private higher education institutions and more than 3,800 attorneys throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and seven other countries.