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Alumna Calls NCU “A Turning Point”

Kristina-Payne-150x150Northwest Christian University graduate Kristina Payne ’99,   was featured in the January edition of Blue Chip, the monthly business magazine of Eugene’s The Register-Guard newspaper.

Payne is the executive director of the Lane Workforce Partnership, a Lane County NGO that manages the use of federal funds to meet job training and other workforce needs of employers and individuals through partnerships and innovation.

In the four-page cover article she talked about the variety initiatives and activities the partnership leads and participates in to develop a ready workforce to support Lane County’s efforts to retain and attract businesses in the area.

Payne also credited the bachelor’s degree she earned in marketing from NCU as a bright beacon on her career path.  In the article she said her NCU education was “ the most intense education I’d ever received. There was no back of the class.”

“For me, Northwest Christian University was what I needed, it was a turning point for me,” she said.

Payne oversees 7.5 staff members and an annual budget of $5 million.  The partnership is governed by a 24-member board of directors comprised of leaders from business, labor, economic development, and education.

Payne is married to Todd Payne.  They have two adult children.


About Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian University is a liberal arts institution dedicated to providing a transformational education that champions wisdom, faith and service. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the University was founded in 1895 and is affiliated with the historical restoration movement of churches in America. Northwest Christian University offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in traditional undergraduate, adult degree, and graduate program formats, as well as an online MBA program. More information about the University is available at