As someone who went from first-generation college student to university administrator, Jim Payne, Ph.D., understands firsthand the lasting impact of higher education.
That is one of the main reasons Payne accepted the offer to become the new dean of The University of Texas at El Paso’s College of Business Administration. He was familiar with UTEP’s national reputation for access and excellence, and its student-centered culture that echoes UTEP President Diana Natalicio’s oft-used credo that talent is everywhere.
“The dual commitment to access and excellence is pretty unique,” Payne said. “I can't think of another public institution in the country that has delivered in fulfilling such a mission. From my vantage point, the commitment of the faculty and staff to the University’s mission was an attractive feature of the opportunity at UTEP.”
The former Fulbright research scholar said he also was attracted to UTEP’s R1 stature, which signifies it as a doctoral university with very high research activity. He has authored 250 peer-reviewed journal articles and fellow researchers have cited his work more than 11,000 times.
Payne comes to UTEP from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., where he was provost and vice president for academic affairs. Other previous administrative posts include dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College & State University, as well as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Orleans.
Payne earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in economics from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Berea College in Kentucky. - Elizabeth Ashby