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William Kenneth Payne

college president.

William Kenneth Payne, American college president.


Payne, William Kenneth was born on August 23, 1903 in Calhoun, Alabama, United States. Son of Robert Turner and Mary Anne (Marsh) Payne.


Bachelor of Arts, Morehouse College, Atlanta, 1923. A.M., Columbia (General Education Board fellow, 1926-1927), 1927. Graduate study, University of Minnesota, 1936-1939.

American Council on Education fellow, Collaboration Center on Child Development, University of Chicago, 1940-1941. Doctor of Letters, Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina., 1952.


State Teachers College, Montgomery, 1927-1929. Organized Dunbar Junior College, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1929, dean, 1929-1937. Dean Georgia State College (now Savannah State College), 1940-1949, president since 1949.


Member of the board Boy and Girl Scouts of Savannah. Member board Frank Callen Boys. Member board directors Junior League Speech and Hearing Association.

Member National Education Association, Society for Advancement of Education, National Society for Study of Education, Academy of Political Science, American Association School Adminstrs., American Teachers Association, Georgia Teachers and Education Association, Georgia Committee on Cooperation of Teacher Education, Chamber of Commerce (director), Sigma Pi Phi, Omega Psi Phi. Mason (Shriner).


Married Mattie E. Beverly, February 22, 1928. Children: William K., Roselyn E. Dean Alabama.

Robert Turner Payne

Mary Anne (Marsh) Payne

Mattie E. Beverly

William K. Payne

Roselyn E. Dean Ala Payne