Hal D. Payne recently retired as Vice President for Student Affairs at SUNY Buffalo State where he served for 23 years. At the College, Vice President Payne served on the President’s Cabinet, the College Planning Council, the Budget Priorities Committee, the Enrollment Management Steering Group, the Intercollegiate Athletics Board, and the Strategic Planning Task Force. Effective January 2018, Payne joined the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Buffalo. Payne serves as Commissioner of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, Director of the Buffalo Zoological Society, Director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, member of the Boards of Read to Succeed and the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. Payne is faculty in the U. S. Department of Education/Council for Opportunity in Education Legislation and Regulations Seminars and received The Walter O. Mason, Jr. Award (Highest Annual Award of the Council for Opportunity in Education) in September of 1996. Vice President Payne received his B.A. from Western Reserve University and his J.D. degree from Cleveland State University.