William K. Payne

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Dr. William K. Payne
William Payne.jpg
Payne pictured in The Tiger 1953, Savannah yearbook
President of
Georgia State College
Savannah State College
In office
Preceded by James A. Colston
Succeeded by Howard Jordan Jr.
Personal details
Born August 23, 1903
Calhoun, Alabama
Died July 26, 1963(1963-07-26) (aged 59)
Savannah, Georgia
Profession educator

William Kenneth Payne (August 23, 1903 – July 26, 1963)[1] served as president of Georgia State College from 1949 until his death in 1963.[2]



Early career[edit]

Payne, who was the dean of Georgia State College, became acting president when James A. Colston resigned in 1949.[2]


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.[2] Additionally, it was during his term that the institution’s name was changed to Savannah State College (September 1950).[2]

President Payne died in August 1963 while in office.[2]


William K. Payne Hall, dedicated in 1966, is the home of English, Social Studies, Social Work, Criminal Justice, and Sociology departments.[3]

Suggested Reading[edit]

  • Hall, Clyde W (1991). One Hundred Years of Educating at Savannah State College, 1890–1990. East Peoria, Ill.: Versa Press.


  1. ^ Institute for Research in Biography (New York, N.Y.) (1954). World Biography. 5. Institute for Research in Biography. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "SSU - Where Savannah Meets the Sea...". Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  3. ^ "Savannah State University". Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
James A. Colston
President of
Georgia State College

Succeeded by
Howard Jordan, Jr.