Authorities Investigate Death of Atlanta Private School President

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office is trying to determine the cause of death of the president of Woodward Academy in College Park.

Harry Payne, 60, was found dead Monday afternoon in Midtown Atlanta.

Students at the private school learned of his death when they returned from the holiday break Tuesday.

His death was announced on the school's Web site, which called Payne "a great man, a visionary leader and a loyal friend."

Payne was named president of Woodward in July 2000 after being president of Williams College in Massachusetts from 1994 to 1999.

He received his doctorate in history in 1973 from Yale University, where he had earlier earned bachelor's and master's degrees.

Payne was a professor of history at Colgate University from 1973 to 1985, provost of Haverford College near Philadelphia from 1985 to 1988 and president of Hamilton College in New York from 1988 to 1993.