Dr. Ladell Payne and Dr. Jean Payne were distinguished as honorary alumni of Randolph-Macon
College by R-MC’s Society of Alumni in a ceremony at the Board of Trustees dinner
on Friday, April 30, 2010. The event took place at the President’s House on campus
and the awards were presented by R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren as part of the
celebration of the 30th anniversary of Dr. Payne’s inauguration as the 13th president
The Society of Alumni created this honorary alumni recognition program to honor
friends of R-MC who have shown unusual interest and affection for the College by
giving their time, talents and resources to further its programs and mission.
Dr. Ladell Payne earned his B.A. from Samford University, his M.A. from Louisiana
State University and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He served with distinction
as president of Randolph-Macon College from 1979-1997. In 1998, Dr. Payne was presented
with an honorary degree from Randolph-Macon.
Dr. Jean Payne worked as a presidential associate at R-MC from 1988 – 1997. She,
too, was presented with an honorary degree from Randolph-Macon College in 1998.
The Paynes have been longstanding members of the College’s Presidents Society and
Heritage Society. In addition, R-MC’s Jean and Ladell Payne Visiting Artists and
Scholars Program, established in 1997 by trustees, alumni and friends to honor the
Paynes, brings renowned artists and scholars to campus to teach, conduct seminars
or lead public forums.
Also, the Ladell Payne Writing Prize was established by Professor Emeritus and Mrs.
Robert Epes Jones to honor annually a student in an American or English literature
survey course for having written the best essay in the fall semester.
Randolph-Macon is grateful to the Paynes for their diligent support of the college
and the greater Ashland Community.
The Paynes live in Pomona, California.