William K. Payne
|Dr. William K. Payne|
Payne pictured in The Tiger 1953, Savannah yearbook
|President Georgia State College
Savannah State College
|Term||1949 – 1963|
|Predecessor||James A. Colston|
|Successor||Howard Jordan Jr.|
|Born||August 23, 1903
|Died||July 26, 1963
Payne became president of Georgia State College in 1950. The first modern era building program was started during Payne’s tenure as President. Current campus buildings including Richard R. Wright Hall, Colston Hall, Wiley Gymnasium, and B. F. Hubert Technical Sciences Center were constructed during this period. Additionally, it was during his term that the institution’s name was changed to Savannah State College (September 1950).
President Payne died in August 1963 while in office.
William K. Payne Hall, dedicated in 1966, is the home of English, Social Studies, Social Work, Criminal Justice, and Sociology departments.
- Hall, Clyde W (1991). One Hundred Years of Educating at Savannah State College, 1890-1990. East Peoria, Ill.: Versa Press.
James A. Colston
Georgia State College
1949 — 1963
Howard Jordan, Jr.