David Payne - RMU of HP MPAS Faculty

David grew up in Mesa, Arizona. David earned a B.S. in Psychology and Pre-Health graduating summa cum laude from Arizona State University. While in college David met his future wife, Ceri. They have been happily married now dating back to last century (1999) and have 3 beautiful daughters. In 2005, David completed his Master’s in PA Studies at the University of St Francis in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Desiring to acquire a solid foundation in medicine, David took his first job in a Family Medicine/Urgent Care clinic. He later moved from New Mexico to Sierra Vista, Arizona where he mostly practiced Internal Medicine.

David has always loved teaching. He began his academic career at Rocky Mountain College’s PA program in Billings, MT, where he served as core faculty for two years. Following this, David served as the Academic Director at the University of Wisconsin Madison PA program, where he was heavily involved in instruction and curriculum development, especially in taking a lead role in transitioning UW Madison from a Baccalaureate to a Master’s degree awarding program.

Following his time in Wisconsin, David accepted an offer to become the founding director for a new PA program University of Charleston in Charleston, WV. He apparently enjoyed the challenge. Three years later, in January 2014, he started his current position as founding director for the new PA program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP). He currently serves as Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer.