GMC News

Payne Appointed VP

Georgia Military College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Paula Harms Payne as Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning.

Dr. Payne has more than thirty years of experience in education and most recently served as the Chair of Humanities Division at GMC, English Professor, and the Chair of GMC’s Quality Enhancement Plan Committee.

Born in Illinois, and graduating from high school in Louisiana, Dr. Payne earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from University of Southwest Louisiana. She spent two summers studying at Lincoln College in Oxford, England before earning a second Master of Arts in English and Rhetoric from Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, VT, and a doctorate degree earned from the University of Louisiana. She has numerous publications, scholarly and pedagogical presentations to her credit. She has been instrumental in grant writing to support Georgia Military College’s Quality Enhancement Plan since 2004, including a Title III Development Grant proposal she is working on in the amount of $1.8 million.

Dr. Payne’s most recent honors include the Moore Family Fund Award for Teaching Enrichment in 2002 and participation in two National Endowment for the Humanities Institutes University of Maryland in 1994 and Chapel Hill in 2003.

In her new role as GMC Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning, Dr. Payne will direct a comprehensive college-wide institutional effectiveness program that includes strategic planning, institutional research and assessment of outcomes as well as develop and administer systematic, broad-based, and interrelated planning and assessment programs for educational, administrative and educational support services. In addition, she will serve as the liaison between GMC and the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS), and continue to chair the Quality Enhancement Plan, an integral component of the SACS reaffirmation process.

Dr. Paula Payne, and her husband, Stephen, reside in Milledgeville, Georgia.