In June of 2009, Dr. H.E. "Buddy" Payne, Jr. became the fifth president of Florida College in over sixty years. A list of his academic and professional credentials appears below.


  • Ph.D., Mathematics Education, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1983.
  • M.A.T., Science Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1968.
  • B.S., Science Education, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1967. (Cum Laude)
  • A.A., Florida College, Temple Terrace, Florida, 1965. (Valedictorian, Magna Cum Laude)

Honors and Awards

  • State of Florida Teacher’s Scholarship, Florida Department of Education, 1963–1967
  • Best Mathematics Student, Florida College, 1965
  • Honorary Phi Theta Kappa Membership, Florida College, 1996
  • Full Academic Year Institute Scholarship, Harvard University, 1967
  • Graduate Assistantship, University of South Florida, 1981
  • Outstanding Teacher, Florida College, 1987–1988

Association Memberships

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society, Florida State University, 1967
  • American Education Research Association, 1981–Present
  • Mathematical Association of America, 1983–Present
  • Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, Dean’s Association, 1997–2009
  • Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, Council of Presidents, 2009–Present

Professional Experiences

  • Faculty, 1972–2009
  • Registrar, Florida College, 1975–1978
  • Dean of Students, Florida College, 1978–1991
  • Vice President and Academic Dean, Florida College, 1991–2009
  • President of the College, 2009–Present
As Vice President, Dr. Payne served as a member of the Executive Committee of the College and as a member of the administrative team in the formulation and execution of administrative policy. He administered the institutional effectiveness program for the College and supervised the coor- dinator of institutional research. Dr. Payne was the chair of the Computer Resources Committee of the College. As Academic Dean, Dr. Payne was responsible for the direction of the educational program of the College with special attention to the standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and other accrediting agencies. He supervised the faculty, the library director, the direc- tor of advising and counseling, and the registrar. Finally, he was the chair of the Academic Stan- dards Committee and the Curriculum Review Committee of the faculty.

Teaching and Administrative Load

  • Teacher of General Chemistry, Florida College, 1972–1976
  • Teacher of Mathematics for the Elementary Teacher, University of South Florida, 1982
  • Teacher of History and Geography of the Old Testament, Florida College, 1983
  • Teacher of Mathematics (Remedial algebra through Calculus), Florida College, 1972–2009

Publications and Creative Works

  • “The Computer in Math Education,” Journal of School of Education, Indiana University, 1981

Other Scholarly Activity

  • Doctoral Dissertation: The Effects of Three Instructional Techniques on Problem-Solving Ability at the Junior College Level (Mathematics), 1983

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Tampa North Rotary Club, 1985–Present, President 2002–2003
  • Elder and evangelist for the Livingston Avenue church of Christ, 1996–Present



The Student Body Government Association (SBGA) is one of the best avenues for student leadership. The SBGA spearheads several fundraisers and events throughout the year—most notably the Spring Banquet—and their suggestions to the administration are highly valued. The students filling this positions of leadership are truly learning, living, and leading His way.
Daniel Broadwell

Major: Liberal Studies - History and Business components
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Nathan Wolfe

Major: Biblical Studies and Liberal Studies
Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.

Lauren Harber

Major: Liberal Studies
Hometown: Goodlettsville, Tenn.

Jenny Moorer

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Temple Terrace, Fla.