Bachelor in Anthropology, Sacramento State University, 1968. Master of Arts, Sacramento State University, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, Madison, 1976.
Instructor University Wisconsin, Madison, 1970-1973, Con Am Inspection, Madison, 1973-1975. Professor Louisiana State University, 1975-1982. Department director Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Public Museum, 1982-1987.
President, executive director Science Trek, Atlanta, since 1987. Board directors Midwest Museums Conference, 1986-1987.
Board directors Science Mathematics & Related Technologies Program, since 1989. Member Triangle Coalition-Science-Technology, Atlanta Rotary, American Association Museum, Association Science and Technology.
Married Melissa Ann Hackney, May 28, 1983. 1 child, Tyler Payne.