Greenville County Councilman Fred Payne, former president of Limestone College, announced last week that he won’t run for re-election when his term ends in December.
Councilor Payne was elected in November 2006 to represent District 28. He currently serves on the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee and the Public Safety and Human Services Committee.
“For 12 years, I have been privileged to serve Greenville County, valued the opportunity to work with my elected colleagues and represent our wonderful residents, and appreciated the support and responsiveness of the County’s professional staff on all issues, both big and small,” Payne said in a statement.
“I have tried to make good decisions as a civil servant and believe God has great plans for Greenville. I see many opportunities to be active, and I plan to be involved in many new adventures, but after 12 years, it is time for me to step aside as County Council representative for District 28,” he added.
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Payne aims to be a civil servant and works hard to respond to constituent needs. For example, he helped citizens form a South Greenville Water Improvement District to construct a long- sought public waterline along 5.4 miles of roads near Ware Place. Payne has written several letters and editorial opinions in the local newspapers regarding issues such as, Comprehensive Planning, the TECH system, Public Transportation, Community Crime Watch groups, and Public Water. He has made numerous presentations to churches, civic clubs and community organizations emphasizing issues related to southern Greenville County.
Retired Dec 06 as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at Greenville Technical College, and Retired Sep 08 as Managing Director of GTF McAlister LLC and GTF Student Housing LLC.
Former President of Limestone College, Vice President for Development at North Greenville College, Director of ITT Technical Institute-Greenville, and Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern College.
Over 40 years of successful business experience including effective budget administration; raising over $24 million for technical education at GTC; managing a productive staff and working cooperatively with government officials and other groups.
Graduate of Ware Shoals High School, the University of South Carolina (BS & MA) and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (MRE) with doctoral work completed (all but dissertation) at University of Georgia.
Honorary doctorate (LLD) from Lincoln Memorial University.
Chairman of the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina, 2010 and 2011; Board member of Oakwood Services International; and former Board Member of Rolling Green Village CCRC.
Member, Simpsonville- Mauldin & Fountain Inn Chambers of Commerce.
Served on Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, 2006.
Member, Greenville County Economic Development Corporation, 2007-2010.
Graduate of Leadership Greenville and Leadership Greer.
Member and past Deacon, First Baptist Church of Simpsonville, Teacher of Fellowship Class Bible Focus Class, facilitator of numerous classes to strengthen Marriages & Families, and participant in mission trips to New Orleans, Alaska, Virginia, Ethiopia, and Israel.
Recipient of the 2010 E. A. McDowell Award for exemplary Christian service from the Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
Husband of Kay Martin Payne since 1963.
Father of retired Lt. Col. Dr. John F. Payne, Major Mark C. Payne, and Janet E. Payne.
Grandfather of Jackson, Emily, Caroline, Jess, Grant and Andy.