Is a Force for Campus Diversity
Guyton ’77 squired a most beautiful young lady to
the dedication ball for the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex.
It was his daughter Kiley ’03, the oldest of his four children,
an Honors student who will graduate this year with a double major
in Spanish and art. “She’s quite something,” he
says fondly. And Kiley, out of his hearing, says: “He’s
my inspiration, even if he is my father.”
is one of the reasons Guyton has been a standard-bearer for increased
on the Moravian campus. Guyton is African-American
and his wife, Karen Boyer Guyton ’78, is white. Kiley is
interested in the way racial mix defines identity and spent part
of last summer working on a project in Cuba, which has one of
the most racially mixed populations in the Americas.
father is a dominant force behind the diversity initiative
at Moravian. When he arrived on campus in 1973, on a recommendation
from his basketball coach at the Pingry School in Elizabeth,
fell in love with Moravian and its heritage,” he says.
It was not an era of diversity, but the campus had a small,
close-knit group of minority and international students.
an attorney, has maintained his ties with Moravian
over time. “I’ve stayed part of the family,” he
says. He sits on several key committees of the Board of Trustees.
he has raised the issue of diversity repeatedly. “I
just think it wasn’t a priority,” he says.
career has been spent not letting organizations pay lip
service to change. Until recently he was corporate compliance
to the University of Pennsylvania, insuring that contracts
between the university and the government observed minority
affirmative action, and other requirements. Earlier this
year, he became corporate compliance director for Microsoft,
has less to do with human resources than with seeing that
the company obeys the settlement of the antitrust case
the U.S. Justice
the College’s current enrollment and
the diversity training courses for faculty and staff, he
says: “Clearly . . . it’s
doing a better job [at diversity]. I’d like to see
it attract a more diverse faculty and also the kind of
educators who can see
a diamond in the rough of a child and bring it out. This
college has a lot to offer the non-traditional student.”