MURRAY, Ky. — Dr. Bill Payne, professor with the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State, was recently recognized after announcing his retirement following 41 years of loyal service to the University.

With nearly fifty years of experience in teaching at the collegiate level, Payne most currently served as a professor of agribusiness economics. His focus for teaching and research has included commodity marketing, agricultural policy, principles of management and agribusiness sales.

Payne received a bachelor’s degree in vocational agriculture from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in agribusiness economics from Oregon State University. In 1970, he received his doctorate in agricultural economics from Oregon State University.

“When I was a student at Murray State, one of my most beloved professors was Dr. Bill Payne. Then, to be able to come back to Murray State and work with him for a number of years, and then to be able to be the chair and dean with Dr. Payne as a faculty member has been a great experience. Dr. Payne has a long history in working and supporting students,” said Dr. Tony Brannon, dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture.

Payne was presented with a Murray State rocking chair, and a video showcasing his service to students was shown as a tribute at a faculty meeting earlier this spring.

Murray State’s Hutson School of Agriculture recognized Dr. Bill Payne during the end of semester faculty/staff luncheon. Dr. Payne, who is retiring after 41 years at Murray State, was presented with a Murray State rocking chair to help him transition into retirement.