UNO Selects New Provost

James E. PayneUniversity of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos announced that James E. Payne has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs. Payne most recently served as regional vice chancellor for academic affairs and research at the polytechnic campus of the University of South Florida System. Payne, who holds a Ph.D. in economics, has more than two decades of experience as a faculty member and administrator.

“James Payne has established himself as an outstanding scholar and administrator,” said UNO President Peter J. Fos. “I am looking forward to working with him at the University of New Orleans.”

Payne’s appointment will begin January 1, 2013. He will succeed Louis V. Paradise who will retire in December after more than 30 years at UNO; Paradise had served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs since August 2011.

“James Payne was chosen from a pool of 75 applicants because of his qualities as a collaborative, collegial, energetic and entrepreneurial academic leader, and his genuine commitment to meeting the challenges the University of New Orleans faces,” said Sharon Mader, chair of the search committee and dean of library services.

In his position at the University of South Florida System, Payne’s responsibilities included: providing leadership and guidance for the development of the campus vision and mission; overseeing a $21.2 million academic affairs budget; overseeing SACS and program specific accreditations; and overseeing academic personnel matters such as recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion and tenure of faculty. Payne also served as a liaison with the University of South Florida System as well as various local, regional, state, national and international organizations and agencies.

Payne spent eight years at Illinois State University, serving as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2009-2011 and chair of the economics department from 2003-2009.

Payne has held tenure-track appointments at Oakland University and Eastern Kentucky University as well as visiting appointments at the University of Southern Mississippi; the Institute of Economics in Zagreb, Croatia; and the University of Kentucky. He has been a Fulbright research scholar and Fulbright senior specialist to the Institute of Economics in Zagreb, Croatia. Payne received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Berea College and master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Florida State University.

Payne has been recognized nationally and internationally for his research productivity. His research productivity ranked 116 worldwide based on the number of publications over the period 1990-2000, drawn from more than 55,000 research economists worldwide in a study sponsored by the European Economic Association. His research in energy economics has placed him among the top 20 published energy economists worldwide.