Clyde Payne

Dr. Clyde I. Payne
Honorary Degree Recipient

Dowling College is honored to confer an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters to Dr. Clyde I. Payne at Dowling College’s 54th Commencement Ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Brookhaven Campus in Shirley.

Dr. Clyde I. Payne has served in the following administrative positions at Dowling College since the beginning of 2000: Associate Provost of the School of Education, Dean of the School of Education and Special Assistant to the President, Dean of Students, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Special Assistant to the President for Special Projects. For many years, Dr. Payne also headed the college’s Teacher of the Month program that recognized outstanding teachers in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and served as co-chair for the Long Island Youth Summit housed at Dowling College and headed by Dr. Nathalia Rogers. Prior to his administrative positions at Dowling, he served as a member of its Board of Trustees for over twenty years.

Dr. Payne was a public school educator for over thirty-eight years teaching high school mathematics at the West Babylon School District. He also held several positions as department chair, assistant principal and principal in schools within the East Islip School District. He retired in 1996 after thirteen years as principal of East Islip High School. After retiring from the East Islip School District and before assuming the Associate Provost position at Dowling College, Dr. Payne worked as an interim administrator for the Riverhead, Islip and Wyandanch schools. Dr. Payne has been active in his community, where he helped start the first Head Start Program for the Bay Shore community, and has served as a board member and chair of the Southside Hospital Board of Trustees and Community Board, as well as a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System (now Northwell Health System) Board of Trustees.

Dr. Payne has also been active in his church serving in various capacities including church warden, a member of the church vestry, lector and lay-eucharist minister. Dr. Payne has also served on committees for Eastern Suffolk BOCES, SCOPE, the Connetquot Schools Foundation, the Stop World Hunger Contest Judging Committee, and some scholarship committees. Dr. Payne also served as the college liaison to the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and the state committee to revitalize Oakdale after Sandy. Dr. Payne has also served on several doctoral committees as an outside reader.

Dr. Payne received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Albany State Teachers College (now SUNY Albany) in 1957, an M.A. degree in School Guidance from the same university in 1958, an M.A.T. degree in Teaching Mathematics from Indiana University in 1964, and an Ed.D. in Mathematics Education from Indiana University in 1979. He has also taken coursework at the University of Michigan, Adelphi University and Hofstra University.

Dr. Payne has been married to his wife, Constance, for the past fifty-three years. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.