BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - After a nationwide search, the board of directors at Beauvoir tapped a Biloxi attorney to serve as the new executive director overseeing the last home of Jefferson Davis.
The board voted unanimously to hire Dr. Thomas Payne to replace former executive director Greg Stewart. Payne called this an "exciting time" at Beauvoir.
Owen McDowell, president of the board of directors, said Payne brings a unique set of skills to the job that will allow him to serve as executive director and general counsel for Beauvoir and the board.
"We had a large talent pool to draw from but found the best fit right here in Biloxi," said McDowell. "Dr. Payne's previous administrative experience, combined with his skills at grant writing and program development are exactly what Beauvoir needs."
Payne said serving as executive director of the nonprofit that means so much to the Mississippi Gulf Coast is a great way to give back after his professional career.
"What a wonderful way to sum up one's professional life by using a tool box full of skill sets developed over a career to benefit the continuity and growth of such a wonderful and noble place as Beauvoir," said Payne.