David E. Payne

David E. Payne


1997-2011 Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Dr.David Payne served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1997 to 2011.

Payne earned his baccalaureate degree in sociology from Brigham Young University (BS, 1968) and his masterís and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (MA, 1970; PhD, 1972). His career has taken him to universities from Iowa and North Dakota to Louisiana and Missouri.

Some of the changes to SHSU during Payneís administration include increasing enrollment by 27 percent, establishing internal connections with 18 universities in eight countries, establishing an innovative advising center, which was recognized in 2005 as one of the six best in the nation, and restructuring Academic Affairs, adding two colleges.

On May 5, 2011, as part of an appreciation and farewell concert, the 800-seat concert hall in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center was named in honor of Payne and his wife, Grettle. He was named provost emeritus upon his retirement.

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