Dr. Gloria Payne, professor of business administration and chairwoman of the Department of Business Administration of Davis & Elkins College, was honored Thursday as the Education Leader of the Year by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) at its 2010 annual conference in Newport, R.I.
The award is given annually to an exemplary educator and member of IACBE who has played a leading role in the success of an institution of higher education, who has used their influence and expertise to give back to the community in a meaningful and significant way, and who has made positive contributions to the IACBE and a member institution, in this case Davis & Elkins College.
"It is a distinct honor to receive this award, not only for me but also Davis & Elkins College," Payne told The Inter-Mountain Friday. "I was very delighted and proud to get this award which is very competitive and I was very fortunate to receive it.
WINNERS — The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education honored Dr. Jack Welsh and Dr. Gloria Payne during its banquet Thursday in Rhode Island.
"I got to meet people from all over the world as this is an international award," she said.
In announcing the award, Dr. Les Krall described Payne's accomplishments, including successfully developing 18 new business programs over the years at D&E, attracting one third of the student body as majors to her programs over the years, being a four-time finalist for West Virginia Merit Foundation's Professor of the Year, having been named to the West Virginia Women's Commission Hall of Fame, and having been honored by the West Virginia Legislature with the "Dr. Gloria Payne Day." She is also the recipient of many other honors and awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Citizen of the Year Award from the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce.
The award was presented to Payne by Ann Tuttle, chairwoman of the IACBE's board of directors. Colleagues then honored Payne with a long standing ovation in recognition of her many years of successful dedication to the cause of excellence in business education.
Payne began her career at her alma mater in 1945, two years after she graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and business. She established and became advisor to the Beta Alpha Beta business fraternity that same year. By 1962, Payne was promoted to chairwoman of the department of business administration, the largest department at D&E.
Payne became division chairwoman over the departments of tourism, economics and business in the 1980s. She furthered her own education obtaining a master's degree in English from West Virginia University in 1970 and a Ph.D. in business from the University of Pittsburgh in 1975. Payne also studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York from 1985 to 1994; University of Pittsburgh from 1980 to 1989; New York University in 1970; Marshall University in 2000, 2001 and 2002; and the Washington School of Protocol in Washington, D.C., in 2000.
The IACBE also honored Dr. Jack Welsh, former chairman and CEO of General Electric, with its Business Leader of the Year award.
The IACBE accredits collegiate and university business education programs on an international level at the undergraduate-, masters- and doctorate-level of studies to ensure excellence in business education, and its member institutions and their programs are found worldwide.