Jason Clayton

Dean of Career and Life Calling

Staff Positions:

Traditional Undergrad Academics - Center for Career & Life Calling

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Jason Clayton has long been fascinated with helping people find and steward their unique, God-given talents to fulfill their callings as they serve others. Jason has learned firsthand in order to fulfill one's call, one must listen to their own unique story and be willing to understand and co-write the journey with its ultimate author and creator. From an early interest in the human and social sciences, which evolved into becoming an occupational therapist and now a career coach, student success facilitator and educational administrator, Jason's daily call to the "doing" is in alignment with who God has called him to "be" in a grace-filled relationship as His child.

"I'm called to serve at Cornerstone University because it embraces and responds to the need for Christian higher education to develop influencers for Christ, the ONE truth and steadfast hope, in an ever-changing and often hopeless world. Cornerstone is committed to helping its students be prepared for relevance in tomorrow's world and to succeed with Christ-like character in their professional, personal and civic lives."

After the primary call to further pursue and know God, Jason enjoys the secondary callings on his life as a husband to Carolyn, father to a beautiful daughter in Seryn, competitive trail runner, kayaker, hiker, domestic and global traveler, short-term missions member, Hudsonville city committee member, church and local school volunteer and environmental steward.

Jason's higher education experience at public and private universities in the areas of career and leadership development, employer relations, workforce and strategic partnership development, academic advising, student success, assessment, change management and experiential education (i.e., service-learning, community service, challenge course facilitation) reflect his passion for continuing to equip learners to meet the diverse and complex needs of the 21st century.


  • Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance Services/Student Affairs Administration, Clemson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Eastern Michigan University
  • Certified Strengths-Based Educator, Noel Academy for Strengths-Based Education and Leadership


—Competitive trail running
—Environmental stewardship


—Vocation exploration and discernment of university undergraduates
—Career coaching using life narratives
—Strengths-based leadership development
—Organizational culture and change management
—First-generation college student success
—Community-based learning