Dr. Bryson Payne is a tenured Professor of Computer Science in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Dr. Payne has taught computer science at UNG since 1999, and for six years he served as the university’s Chief Information Officer, overseeing an IT division with budgets in excess of $4 million annually. He was also the first Department Head of Computer Science at UNG.
Dr. Payne is the author of “Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendly Guide to Python Programming” (2015, No Starch Press) and instructor for the Udemy.com online course “Teach Your Kids to Code: Learn to Program Python at Any Age!” (2015, Udemy.com). He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia State University and has published articles in scholarly and industry journals and proceedings, in addition to speaking regularly at regional and national conferences in computer science, information systems and IT leadership. He has been featured in CIO magazine, Campus Technology, and the Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Payne has been programming computers for over 30 years; he sold his first paid program to RUN Magazine (Commodore 64) for their “Magic” column in 1985, for $10. In addition to his affinity for technology, Dr. Payne speaks Spanish and French, and is conversational in Russian and Mandarin Chinese.
He lives north of Atlanta with his lovely wife Bev, and two sons, Alex and Max.