Payne, Melva

Entrepreneur in Residence
Patterson School of Business
MA in Mathematics, University of Kentucky
BA in Mathematics, Berea College


Melva Payne has a proven track record of coaching individuals to successfully position themselves to meet the needs of potential clients and employers. She has over 28 years’ experience as an executive managing hundreds of consultants and closing multi-million-dollar projects. She has worked with domestic and international organizations across many industries including: pharmaceutical, biotech, finance, information technology, communications, and petro-chemical.

Mrs. Payne passionately shares her expertise and knowledge with individuals who are looking to transition to a new company or industry, as well as those who are seeking their first professional employment.

With over 4 years’ experience teaching college mathematics, Melva has taught at the University of Kentucky, the University of Houston (Downtown Campus), and the University of the Cumberlands.  Her energetic approach and ability to effectively communicate math concepts have garnered her high ratings among students and department chairpersons.

Payne, Melva