The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) and its member Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions extend condolences to the family of Dr. Benjamin F. Payton, one of our own, who transitioned from this life on September 28, 2016, at the age of 84.
We celebrate with thanksgiving the life of this servant leader. Dr. Payton was a founding member of NAFEO. He served at the helm of two NAFEO institutions: Benedict College from 1967-1972, and Tuskegee University, where her served with distinction for nearly 30 years, ending his service at Tuskegee in August, 2010. Dr. Payton was an active and involved member of NAFEO. He was a scholar; a transformative administrator; a disciplined builder; a passionate, courageous, persevering, faithful, and just man. Dr. Payton dedicated his life to arguably one of the highest callings and most awesome responsibilities–teaching our sons and daughters. In the spirit of Matthew 25: 21,23, as you stand before God and hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” we thank you our Brother, leader, mentor, colleague, friend, for making a positive difference in our lives; in the Tuskegee Family and Benedict Family, and the lives of the thousands of students and families you enriched. We thank you for the tremendous positive difference you made in the education, equity, and justice landscapes of this nation, and for shining your light so brightly upon us. We thank you for selflessly and indefatigably dedicating your life to removing stumbling blocks from the paths of our children so that none should be lost, and so that our families and communities would be stronger. “Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”
Lezli Baskerville, Esquire
President & CEO
Benjamin F. Chavis, Ph.D.
Acting Chair of the Board of Directors
You may also watch this interview with Dr. Payton from 2012: