GSBA Board of Directors

Vernon Payne

Vernon Payne

Emeritus Director
Clarke County Schools

Vernon Payne

Mr. Landers has served on the Walton County Board of Education since 2005, holding roles as both Vice-Chair and Chair. In addition to his local-level leadership, he has served at the state level on the GSBA Awards Committee, GSBA Governmental Operations Committee and as a panelist at the GSBA Legislative Workshop. As a testament to his personal commitment to education, Mr. Landers is a product of the Walton County School District, a graduate of Fort Valley State University and holds masters degrees from other prestigious universities.

After retiring in 2000 from an honorable career in the Navy, Captain Landers moved back to his hometown of Monroe and became very active in the community. He is the founding director of the Walton County Boys and Girls Club, a former director and officer of a regional Synovus bank and a member of the Walton County Economic Development Authority. His passion for leadership and service has led him to become a member of the Rotary Club of Monroe and Walton County Chamber of Commerce. In addition to serving as Vice-Chair of the Walton County Board of Education, he is the current Board Chair of Piedmont Walton Hospital.

About the District

Clarke County School District is a separate entity with nine elected members on the Board of Education and an appointed superintendent. The school district runs 14 elementary, four middle, and three high schools. There are seven private K-12 schools in the area.