Councilor Payne was elected in November 2006 to represent District 28. Beginning his second term in 2011, he is the Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. He also serves a voting member of the Greenville Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS), and as Chair of the GCEDC (GC Economic Development Corporation), the entity that owns the railroad right of way paralleling Laurens Road from Pleasantburg Dive to Mauldin. During his first term he was Chair of Intergovernmental Relations and Administration (IRA).
Payne aims to be a civil servant and works hard to respond to constituent needs. For example, he helped citizens form a South Greenville Water Improvement District to construct a long- sought public waterline along 5.4 miles of roads near Ware Place. Payne has written several letters and editorial opinions in the local newspapers regarding issues such as, Comprehensive Planning, the TECH system, Public Transportation, Community Crime Watch groups, and Public Water. He has made numerous presentations to churches, civic clubs and community organizations emphasizing issues related to southern Greenville County.
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) member, and Senior Consultant / Founder of Omega Associates LLC, a firm that specializes in institutional economic impact studies and impact fundraising development.
Retired Dec 06 as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at Greenville Technical College, and Retired Sep 08 as Managing Director of GTF McAlister LLC and GTF Student Housing LLC.
Former President of Limestone College, Vice President for Development at North Greenville College, Director of ITT Technical Institute-Greenville, and Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern College.
Over 40 years of successful business experience including effective budget administration; raising over $24 million for technical education at GTC; managing a productive staff and working cooperatively with government officials and other groups.
Graduate of Ware Shoals High School, the University of South Carolina (BS & MA) and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (MRE) with doctoral work completed (all but dissertation) at University of Georgia.
Honorary doctorate (LLD) from Lincoln Memorial University.
Chairman of the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina, 2010 and 2011; Board member of Oakwood Services International; and former Board Member of Rolling Green Village CCRC.
Member, Simpsonville- Mauldin & Fountain Inn Chambers of Commerce.
Served on Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, 2006.
Member, Greenville County Economic Development Corporation, 2007-2010.
Graduate of Leadership Greenville and Leadership Greer.
Member and past Deacon, First Baptist Church of Simpsonville, Teacher of Fellowship Class Bible Focus Class, facilitator of numerous classes to strengthen Marriages & Families, and participant in mission trips to New Orleans, Alaska, Virginia, Ethiopia, and Israel.
Recipient of the 2010 E. A. McDowell Award for exemplary Christian service from the Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
Husband of Kay Martin Payne since 1963.
Father of retired Lt. Col. Dr. John F. Payne, Major Mark C. Payne, and Janet E. Payne.
Grandfather of Jackson, Emily, Caroline, Jess, Grant and Andy.
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