Laura Elaine Payne
For ten years Laura Elaine Payne, M.Ed., has been a passionate advocate for access to affordable and equitable higher education in Texas. She currently serves as a student success coach for dual credit programs at Dallas College, working with dual credit and early-college high school programs to achieve higher retention and success rates. Ms. Payne has been working with Dallas College since 2015 as a success coach, advisor, program coordinator, and adjunct professor. She also brings experience and expertise from previous positions with Alamo Colleges, Angelo State University, Coastal Bend College, and the University of Texas at Dallas throughout her career in higher education. She holds a B.A. in political science and sociology from Texas A&M in College Station and a M.A. in education in student development and leadership with a certificate in academic advising from Angelo State University. During her tenure in high education, Ms. Payne has held membership with several professional organizations including, NACADA and TEXAAN.