Bill Payne was appointed as Village Trustee in June 2021. Trustee Payne has been a resident of Glen Ellyn for over 32 years with his wife Nancy and three adult children. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Science and Technology at the University of Chicago. Prior to his current role, he was the Chief Operating Officer at Roberson and Associates Consulting, and Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Motorola/Nokia. He also founded a telecommunications startup company. Trustee Payne received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He was honored with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni/Alumnae Award and the Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Award, both from Purdue University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, as well as on the Executive Advisory Board for Purdue University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
“I am fond of both neighborhoods that we've lived in, and in general the diverse communities that we have within Glen Ellyn. I appreciate the good foundations that our schools provided our children. I also like the quaint atmosphere, along with the shops and restaurants of our downtown area,” said Payne.