Vernon Payne

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Vernon Payne
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
(269) 387-2136
(269) 387-2400
2303 Faunce Student Services Building, Mail Stop 5348
Mailing address: 
Division of Student Affairs
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5348 USA

Vernon Payne came to Western Michigan University in 1982 as head basketball coach, and subsequently served as assistant director of admissions and orientation, director of university recreation programs and facilities, and assistant vice president for student affairs before being promoted to associate vice president for student affairs in 2001. Prior to his time at WMU, he served at Wayne State University, Michigan State University, University of Denver and Indiana University.

Payne earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in speech pathology and audiology, and a Master of Science degree from Indiana University in guidance and counseling. He is thoroughly versed in all business and finance operations of student affairs with particular expertise in: the integration of planning and budgeting, the infusion of student success principles into strategic planning and facilities management, organizational change including financial turnaround and resource redeployment, and supervision and leadership.