Dr. Thomas Payne, associate professor of criminal justice at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was recently inducted into the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) Alumni Hall of Fame at a ceremony on the college’s Perkinston campus.
Payne attended MGCCC’s Jefferson Davis campus in Gulfport where he studied criminal justice. He continued his studies in the field at Southern Miss, where he earned both bachelor and master of science degrees in criminal justice before obtaining a law degree from the University of Mississippi and then a doctorate in adult education at Southern Miss.
Serving as a Southern Miss Gulf Coast faculty member since 1996, Payne has received numerous awards for his contributions to criminal justice. His work has been featured in multiple publications and he has made presentations at conferences around the world.
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