Liberal Arts gets new dean

The new-year always brings new beginnings, especially for Dr. Pamela Moye Payne, Grambling State University’s new acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

The former Assistant Professor was promoted to her new position on January 12th and has continued to make students’ education her number one priority.

"Dr. Payne is a great teacher and she made class interesting for her students with her down to earth atmosphere and style of teaching. I am proud of her accomplishments," said L.J. Merritt, sophomore.

"My plan is to ensure that we are following policy and do all we can to secure the academic success of the students. It’s all about the students," said Payne.

She may have a different title, but the same attitude when it comes to the well-being of the students at GSU.

Her qualifications highly exceed her deserving of her newly appointed position. Payne’s educational background includes a B.A. in secondary education English from Columbus State University, a Master’s Degree from Louisiana Tech in secondary education and a Doctorate from GSU.

She arrived at Grambling State University in the fall of 1995 as an Assistant Professor in the English Department.

"We (Department of Liberal Arts) want to strengthen the advisement system as well as the students, so they will become competitive in the world once they leave GSU," said Payne.

Although it is definitely a full time job, Payne enjoys interacting with colleagues and taking on the daily challenges that accompany her job title. "Although I still see students, I do miss the classroom interaction," said Payne. She still finds time to teach one class in her hectic schedule.