Paine College Announces New Appointments In the Office of Student Affairs

Posted by lsuggs | 09/3/2013 05:06 AM

(Augusta, GA) – On Friday, August 30, 2013, Dr. George C. Bradley, president, shared with the Paine College Community and the CSRA new appointments to the Office of Students Affairs.  Reginald B. Beaty and Tony L. Owens now serve the College as the new Co-Deans of Student Affairs and will work to provide an environment that is conducive for academic and personal growth.

“To add to the experience that Dr. Elias Etinge, Vice President for Student Affairs brings to the campus community, we have recruited a veteran staff of education professionals to specifically engage students at Paine College for the purpose of strengthening their academic, social, and spiritual growth,” said Dr. Bradley.  “Mr. Beaty and Mr. Owens will also address the needs of a growing student population”.

Reginald B. Beaty is the President/Co-Founder Foundation for Educational Success (FFES) which is a “one-stop-shop” for program administrators and educators looking to permanently alter their school cultures and the relationships that drive them. Beaty earned his Bachelor’s at Stillman College and Master’s from Middle Tennessee State University.  The educator also is a twenty-year retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel.  Prior to his post at the College, Beaty served as the Executive Director of Performance Learning Centers® (PLCs) Communities In Schools of Georgia, the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. He led the team that designed and orchestrated the opening of 28 PLCs and the national expansion of the initiative throughout the country.

Tony L. Owens is the Director and Co-Founder of FFES.  Owens graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor’s degree. Prior to his position at Paine College, he served as the Principal of Communities In Schools, Atlanta, Georgia for Saint Luke Academy & Therrell Academy Alternative High Schools).  Owens led the team that developed and implemented Charting For Success curriculum for non-traditional schools to help students successfully transition from high school to post-secondary options.  Owens was previously the Program Director, NFL Youth Education Town, After-School Program and has a total of 18 years with Communities In Schools of Atlanta, Georgia developing and implementing programs which emphasize improving attitudes, self-esteem, setting goals, expanding comfort zones, and preparing student for re-entry into mainstream settings.

This is just a brief history of Beaty and Owens’ extensive experience working with youth and young adults in education.

The Paine College Community welcomes Mr. Reginald B. Beaty and Mr. Tony L. Owens to Augusta and the CSRA.

For more information on Paine College, please visit http://www.paine.ede or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or


Photo caption l: Mr. Reginald B. Beaty, one of two new Deans to serve the Paine College Office of Student Affairs.




Photo caption ll: Mr. Tony L. Owens, one of two new Deans to serve the Paine College Office of Student Affairs.





Paine College Professor Releases Book on Australian Aboriginal Literature and Culture

Posted by lsuggs | 08/23/2013 06:08 AM

 (Augusta, GA) -- Recently, Dr. Belinda Wheeler, assistant professor of English at Paine College released her first book, A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature. Wheeler has published several articles on Australian Aboriginal literature in edited collections prior to this book’s release.

A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature, states Wheeler, fills a large gap in Australian, Australian Aboriginal, multi-ethnic, and world literature studies: “Writing by Australian Aboriginals has been making a decisive impression in various genres including fiction, autobiography, biography, poetry, film, drama, and music, but until the book’s release there was no companion that contextualized the Aboriginal canon for scholars, researchers, students, and general readers.” “This international collection of eleven original essays discusses crucial aspects of Australian Aboriginal literature and traces the development of Aboriginal literacy from the oral tradition up until today making it an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Australian Aboriginal literature or culture,” said Wheeler.  

Last semester Wheeler taught a special topics course at Paine College, Australian Literature and Culture. “My students enjoyed all the material we covered in the class,” said Wheeler, “but they especially gravitated towards the Australian Aboriginal literature and culture material.” “Many connections exist between Australia’s Aboriginal literature and culture and America’s literature and culture, particularly African American and Native American communities,” said Wheeler, “and my students helped me recognize deeper connections than even I was originally aware.”

To Wheeler this book represents one of her primary goals as a college educator: “One of my primary interests as a teacher and a researcher is identifying key similarities and differences between various cultures and using that information to break down barriers and build bridges. A companion such as this allows all readers, regardless of their background, to learn more about one of the world oldest Indigenous cultures and begin building important bridges of understanding with their own culture. I am grateful to the companion’s international contributors, my publisher, and Paine College for their support as I worked on this important book.”

The book, published by Camden House, an imprint of Boydell & Brewer, has been released worldwide. “Interest in the book has been very strong,” said Wheeler. “The book has been released simultaneously in hardcover and e-book edition which means that anyone in the world can have instant access to the book. Some of the strongest markets for translated Aboriginal literature are in small markets, such as Slovenia, so this accessibility has been critical to the book’s success.”

The companion’s contributors include Katrin Althans, Maryrose Casey, Danica Cerce, Stuart Cooke, Paula Anca Farca, Michael R. Griffiths, Oliver Haag, Martina Horakova, Jennifer Jones, Andrew King, Jeanine Leane, and Theodore F. Sheckels. Nicholas Jose wrote the companion’s foreword, Peter Minter wrote a review of the book that appears on the book’s back cover, and young Indigenous artist, Chern’ee Sutton’s artwork adorns the book’s cover. (The book is listed on all sites worldwide. More information about the book can be found at:


About Dr. Belinda Wheeler: 
Originally from Queensland, Australia, Belinda Wheeler earned her B.A. in English from Purdue University in 2005, her M.A. in English from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2008, and her Ph.D. in English from Southern Illinois University in 2011. Wheeler's research interests include American literature (particularly modernism), multicultural literature (including Australian Aboriginal literature, African American literature, and Native American literature), and print culture and book history. Wheeler teaches a range of classes at Paine College. In addition to A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature, she has published chapters on Australian Aboriginal literature in edited collections. Outside of her Australian Aboriginal scholarship, Wheeler has published articles on American modernist poets Lola Ridge and Gwendolyn Bennett in PMLA: "Lola Ridge's Pivotal Role at Broom" (March 2012) and "Gwendolyn Bennett's 'The Ebony Flute'" (forthcoming). She is currently completing a book on African American poet, artist, editor, columnist, and educator Gwendolyn Bennett entitled, Gwendolyn Bennett: The Harlem Renaissance's Quintessential Poet, Artist, Editor, and Columnist (University Press of Mississippi) and she is the facilitator and coordinator for this year’s UNCF/Mellon Teaching and Learning Institute, “Expanding the Harlem Renaissance’s Relevance across the Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) Curriculum.”

For more information, please contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 803.524.3195, or


Photo Caption: Book cover to A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature, by Paine College faculty memeber, Dr. Belinda Wheeler.



Paine College Announces New Additions to Administration

Posted by lsuggs | 08/23/2013 06:02 AM

(Augusta, GA) – On Thursday, August 22, 2013, Dr. George C. Bradley announced new appointments to the administration in a media conference held on the campus.

“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Edward Patrick as our new Vice President of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs, and Dr. Samuel Sullivan as our Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.  Dr. Sullivan was appointed Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic affairs in March 2013.  Both are considered veterans in their respective fields and will make significant contributions in the College’s growth and development,” said Bradley.

Mr. Edward Patrick, a certified public accountant with over 20 years of experience in finance, comes from Clark Atlanta where he served as the University’s associate vice president and controller. In that role, Patrick was responsible for directing general accounting reporting and operations, grants and contracts accounting, general ledger systems, investments, bond issues, cash management, accounts payable, payroll, financial system security, and risk management operations.  He also oversaw the preparation of timely and accurate financial statements, management reports, and federal income tax reporting.  He managed the University’s annual audit process, and evaluated and implemented internal and cash management controls.

Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree in math and sociology from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in accountancy from DePaul University.  He began his professional career as a senior auditor with Arthur Andersen LLP in Chicago where his duties included process mapping to identify operational weaknesses, reviewing audit work papers, financial statements and schedules, as well as field training and planning.  He received a Sequoia Award for Excellence in Mentoring while there.

Patrick said Paine College’s core value “Excellence” will be at the center of his work.  “Integrity and fiscal responsibility are inherent in my role, but excellence is the core value I embrace,” said Patrick.  “Excellence is going to be the guiding light to move Paine College to being a premier liberal arts institution,” said Patrick.

Patrick has consulted for a myriad of clients, large and small, privately and publicly held, focusing on program audits and internal controls.  He served as a liaison for four OMB A-133 program audits, two State special purpose local option sales tax audits and a financial statement audit for the Atlanta Public Schools.  As a controller, he renegotiated bank interest rates that resulted in an annual cost reduction of $100,000.  He also performed a lease/buy analysis that resulted in short-term expense reduction of $175,000 and a four-year projected reduction of $750,000.  For GE Energy, he built narratives and process maps to complement audit programs used to test the effectiveness of key internal controls. 

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the College, was announced as Interim during the spring of 2013. He now serves the College in a permanent leadership role of the administration.  A 40-year veteran of higher education, he has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence, effective planning and assessment, and student success.

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Sullivan earned the B. S. degree in physics and mathematics from North Carolina Central University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics, from Howard University.

After finishing graduate school, Dr. Sullivan began his career as a member of the physics faculty at Federal City College in Washington, D.C.   In later years as a college administrator, Dr. Sullivan participated in the merger of Federal City College, Washington Technical Institute, and the District of Columbia Teachers College into the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).

At UDC, he held several senior administrative positions.  Among them were: Associate President for Academic Personnel Management, Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and University Ombudsman. In addition a record of outstanding teaching and service, his accomplishments included the establishment of a Division of Research, Training, and International Programs.  Dr. Sullivan also led university efforts to develop academic programs with agencies and institutions in other nations, including: Egypt, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, and Russia.

Dr. Sullivan is a member of Alpha Mu Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Psi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.  In addition, Dr. Sullivan volunteers as executive director of the Ike and Justine Washington Foundation.

For more information on Paine College, please visit, or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at

(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or










Photo caption l: Paine College Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Samuel Sullivan.



Photo caption ll: Paine College new Vice President of Fiscal Affairs, Ed Patrick.



Paine College Athletics Announces National Championship Coach for Track Program

Posted by lsuggs | 08/23/2013 05:58 AM

AUGUSTA, GA - Paine College has announced the hiring of Marquita Davis as the new Head Coach of Cross Country, in addition to Track and Field. The nine-time All-American earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Augustine’s University in 2006 and is a native of Memphis, Tennessee.

Prior to serving as an Assistant Cross Country and Track coach at St. Augustine’s, Davis gained experience as a high school coach in North Carolina. While attending St. Augustine’s, Davis was a decorated student-athlete breaking many school records while being a member of the College’s 2005 and 2007 NCAA Indoor Championship teams. As a 60m hurdler, Davis won back-to-back NCAA Division II indoor titles in 2006 and 2007. She finished a speedy 8.44 seconds both years, which was record time during these athletic events.

Davis is also no stranger to conference success. She won the CIAA 100m hurdles title each of her four years during her undergraduate career. Her successes helped the team collect four indoor CIAA Championships and another three outdoor Conference Championships.

Her previous experience presented her with the opportunity to work directly with student-athletes on and off of the track. Davis’ specialties are hurdles, sprints and middle distance. In addition to coaching, practice and weight training responsibilities, she has also overseen work-study students and assisted in student-athlete support.

She has also attended the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and has a certificate in NCAA Division II Rules Compliance. Davis looks forward to making an immediate impact on the Lions program working with student-athletes on their leadership and academic abilities along with their athletic skills. 

For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit or contact Lynda Jenkins at 706-821-8428.

Or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at

(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or

Photo caption: Marquita Davis, Paine College’s new Head Coach of Cross Country and Track & Field.




Paine College Re-enforces New Football Program with the Hiring of Former NFL Player – Edwin Bailey

Posted by lsuggs | 08/5/2013 10:21 AM

(Augusta, GA) –Paine College officials announced today that former NFL Player, Edwin R. Bailey, joined the Paine College football program as the new Assistant Head and Offensive Line Coach.  Nicknamed “Pearl”, Bailey played 11 years as a starting left guard for the Seattle Seahawks.   A fifth-round draft choice in 1981 out of South Carolina State University, Bailey started 120 games as left guard from 1981-1991 on some of the most successful teams in NFL franchise history and helped the Seahawks advance to the playoffs four times [1983, 1984, 1987 and 1988].

Born in Savannah, Georgia Bailey caught football fever early on and while playing football at Tompkins High School, he earned the All-American and two-time First Team All-City titles (1974-1976).
Bailey played college football at South Carolina State for the late Bill Davis who later hired Bailey as a Savannah State University assistant coach.  Bailey held the position for one season and helped guide the SSU Tigers to the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Bailey returned to his Alma Mater and coached offensive line in 1999.  Later, he coached the offensive line for the XFL’s New York/New Jersey Hitmen but after the league folded, Bailey returned to college football as an assistant coach for Benedict College and Shaw University.

“We are building a winning team of coaching staff for our football program,” said Dr. George Bradley, President.  Ed Bailey has an impressive background in that he has extensive experience on a professional level, in the civic area and in higher education.  He has exhibited effective leadership, and possesses both coaching and recruiting expertise.”

Bailey was a three-time All-American and three-time All Conference Lineman during his matriculation at South Carolina State University (1977-1981) where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  In 2004, Bailey furthered his education and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Charter Oaks University.
Among the many accolades, Bailey was inducted into the Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame and into the South Carolina State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Bailey has devoted much of his life to mentoring young people and even held a Director of Operations position for the AMIkids Beaufort and AMIkids Savannah River Challenge in 2009-2012, and 2006-2009, respectively.  He’s worked with the mentally challenged patients and trained them with life skills.

“I am very familiar with the Augusta area because I lived here for 10 years,” said Bailey.  Already, it feels like I’ve returned ‘home’.  Augusta has a rich football tradition within the local high schools.   The return of Paine College football to Augusta will be beneficial to the quality football players that come out of this area,” said Bailey.    “I look forward to being a part of the Paine College Lion nation and fully understand the level of excellence that is expected both on and off the court.

For more information about Paine College and its football program, please visit the College’s website at
Or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at
(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or


Photo caption: Edwin R. Bailey, new Assistant Head and Offensive Line Coach at Paine College.



Paine College to Host 5th Annual Golf Tournament

Posted by lsuggs | 08/5/2013 10:17 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College and Honorary Chair, Jim Dent, Augusta native and Senior PGA Tour player, invite golfers to the 5th Annual Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 26, 2013 at Gordon Lakes Golf Club in Ft. Gordon, Georgia. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and shotgun start time is 11:00 a.m. The registration fee for the tournament is $125 per individual and $375 per team. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, green fee, golf cart, brunch sponsored by Chick-Fil-A of North Augusta, SC, beverages by Augusta Coca Cola Bottling Company and 19th Hole Awards Reception sponsored by Outback Steakhouse.

Since its inception, the tournament committee has raised more than $95,000 to benefit Paine College golf program and scholarships. The generous contributions assisted with the Paine College Men’s Golf team as back-to-back Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Golf Championships in 2012 and 2013.
“My vision for this event,” stated Head Golf Coach Herman Belton, “is to increase the recognition of Paine College Athletics in addition to the members of the Golf team. They have experienced tremendous success this year as back-to-back conference champions”.

All guests and golfers will have a chance to meet members of the Paine College Men’s Golf Team and golf coach at the Awards Dinner. Sponsors for this scholarship Golf Tournament include exclusive television media partner -WJBF News Channel 6, Augusta Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Jim Hudson Lexus, Mercedes Benz of Augusta, Outback Steakhouse, Chick-Fil-A of North Augusta, and Gordon Lakes Golf Club.


Tournament Event Schedule:

 Sunday, August 25, 3013
6:00 PM – Paring Party and Silent Auction at The Legends Club with live entertainment. Complimentary for Tournament players and $25.00 for guest supporters.

 Monday, August 26, 2013
Tournament Format: Threesome Lauderdale Play – Captains Choice (A, B and C flights –1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded in each flight)
8:30-10:30 AM – Registration at Gordon Lakes Golf Club
10:00 AM – Brunch sponsored by Chick-Fil-A
11:00 AM - Shotgun Start
5:00PM – 19th Hole Awards Dinner sponsored by Outback Steakhouse
For more information on registration or the 5th Annual Golf Tournament, please contact Frances Wimberly at 706.396.8171 or
For more information on Paine College, please visit or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at  (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or


Photo caption: Paine College 5th Annual Paine College Golf Tournament scheduled for Monday, August 26, 2013 at Gordon Lakes Golf Club.



Renowned Philanthropist and Comedian, Bill Cosby, to Appear at Paine College in a Performance Dedicated to Faculty and Staff

Posted by lsuggs | 08/1/2013 09:29 AM

Dr. George C. Bradley, President, is pleased to announce that Bill Cosby, Philanthropist and Comedian, will present an hour of comedy in appreciation to Paine College faculty and staff on Sunday evening, August 11, 2013, at 5 p.m. in the HEAL Complex located on the campus.  Doors will open at 4 p.m. 

“We will celebrate the men and women of the faculty and staff who work tirelessly to contribute to the College’s success and those who facilitate the living and learning environment for our students,” said Dr. Bradley.   “Our faculty and staff are an elite and dedicated group of individuals who go beyond the ‘call of duty’ to meet the needs of our students.  This is our way of showing them how much we appreciate their commitment to Paine.”

Armed with an earned doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Bill Cosby believes that education is the key to success in life and he inspires students to pursue advanced degrees.  He reminds his audience why educators and teachers are amongst the most valued treasures for impressionable minds.  Of particular note, Mr. Cosby has an honorary doctorate degree from Paine College.

One of America’s most beloved comedians, Bill Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books.  His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers.

Although Mr. Cosby’s visit will focus on celebrating the contributions of Paine College’s esteemed faculty and staff, he will also greet the 2013 fall incoming freshman class, returning upperclassmen, alumni, friends and supporters in the Cosby vintage style.

This event is by invitation only.  For more information, please contact Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8323, or via email:

The College invites the media to contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.821.8322, 803.524.3195 or via email:


Photo caption: Bill Cosby is scheduled to visit Paine College on Sunday, August 11, 2013. This is an invitation only event.





Augusta UNCF Campaign to Host Scholarship Jazz Festival

Posted by lsuggs | 07/24/2013 07:47 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Augusta United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Campaign is thrilled to announce its Inaugural Ann N. Johnson UNCF Jazz Festival, scheduled for 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, 2013, at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater. This historic outdoor venue is located at 1 Ninth Street in downtown Augusta, Georgia. The location of this momentous event is named in tribute of the international opera star and Augusta native, Jessye Norman.

The UNCF Jazz Festival’s chair, Ann N. Johnson, has been a community pillar within the greater Augusta area for over 40 years. Paine College, the presenting host of the festival, has always been in the heart of  
Mrs. Johnson, who has been a loyal supporter of the College a number of years.

“For 130 years, Paine has produced stellar leaders in various leadership positions and careers,” shared Mrs. Johnson. “Having served more than 35 years in higher education at Paine College, I have learned first-hand the talents and intellectual abilities of many deserving students, and the impact of receiving UNCF scholarships had on their lives”.

Paine College has been a member UNCF school for over 40 years. The UNCF is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. Since its founding in 1944, UNCF has raised more than $3.6 billion to help more than 400,000 students receive college degrees at UNCF-member institutions and with UNCF scholarships.

Tickets, now available for purchase, are $25 in advance and $35 on the day of the scholarship event. To purchase tickets for this event, contact Leadra Collins, Augusta UNCF Campaign Coordinator, at 706.821.8233 or

About Ann N. Johnson
Ann Nealous Johnson grew up in Martinez, Georgia, having attended Columbia County elementary public schools and graduated from Lucy Craft Laney High School.  She is a graduate of Walker Business College and Paine College, and further studied at Augusta State University.  Her early career began as Secretary for Lucy Craft Laney High School and Director of its evening school.  Later she moved to Paine College where she served in several capacities, to include Assistant to the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs, Director of Personnel, and Executive Assistant to two presidents, Dr. Julius S. Scott, Jr. and Dr. Shirley A. R. Lewis.  

While employed as Executive Assistant to the President of Paine College, Mrs. Johnson served as director of special events and chaired the Lyceum Series, where she was instrumental in bringing international opera star, Jessye Norman to the community for her Augusta inaugural concert. 
Mrs. Johnson was the lead organizer of the Paine College UNCF Jazz Festival held annually at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater over Labor Day weekend for many years, supporting scholarships for the UNCF by soliciting jazz musicians from the Augusta area to provide entertainment.  She further supported the National UNCF Scholarship Fund, Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, with annual “Ann N. Johnson & Company” fashion shows, having raised thousands of dollars over a period of 12 years. 

When Mrs. Johnson retired as the Executive Assistant to the President of Paine College in 1998, after 35 years of service, she was given a resounding send-off through the efforts of her long-time friend, international opera star and Paine College Distinguished Trustee, Jessye Norman.   To show her gratitude for Ann’s service to Paine College, she committed to perform a benefit concert in Ann’s honor, establishing the Ann N. Johnson Endowed Scholarship Fund at Paine College, now the Ann N.  & Ellis M. Johnson Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Being very community oriented, Mrs. Johnson has served on many boards, to include Sacred Heart Cultural Center, Brandon Wilde, Morris Museum of Art, and Sand Hills Neighborhood Association. While a board member of the Sand Hills Neighborhood Association, Mrs. Johnson worked untiringly to initiate the building of the Sand Hills Community Center.

Mrs. Johnson was a docent at the Morris Museum of Art and chaired the Friends of African American Art. She is a member of the Friends of Jessye Norman School of the Arts (FJNSA), and recently presented a Vintage Hat and Accessories Event to raise funds to purchase a grand piano for the FJNSA. Currently, she serves as Project Coordinator for “Purses for a Purpose,” a fundraiser to benefit the FJNSA.
Mrs. Johnson vigorously supports the Augusta Chorale and Augusta Mini Theater where she has served as a volunteer fund-raiser.  She supports the Heritage Academy and her first love, Paine College, where she serves upon  the request of various entities.  Mrs. Johnson’s involvement has touched many religious, social and community organizations through her fashion events, Ann N. Johnson & Company.

During Mrs. Johnson’s tenure as President of the Augusta Chapter of Links, Incorporated, the Links were recognized locally and nationally for purchasing, renovating, furnishing and donating a home to a homeless veteran through the Wounded Warrior Project.  

At Elim Baptist Church, Mrs. Johnson has served in many capacities. Currently she is a member of the Mission and Hospitality Ministries and the Golden Agers. She is a caring mentor to children, doling out hugs, advice and a gracious “correction” when necessary. 

Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College, appointed Mrs. Johnson to his Transition Team and to chair the President’s Scholarship Gala during his inauguration, and subsequently in 2009, he presented her with the Inaugural Paine College Commitment to Excellence Award.

Touched by the loss of lives and property in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake, Mrs. Johnson volunteered to serve on the Steering Committee for the Augusta Area Churches, Colleges and Civic Organizations to raise funds for the schools and orphanages in Haiti.  In 2011 & 2012, the local contributions exceeded $100,000.

Mrs. Johnson has been the recipient of numerous awards, to include, Girl Scouts Woman of Excellence and National Association of University Women “2013 Woman of the Year.”

In the fall of 2012, Mrs. Johnson successfully organized “Sew Cool Sisters,” a project designed to mentor ‘tweens and teen girls, and teach them the basics of sewing.

Mrs. Johnson strives to do her best to impact and encourage others as she works through community and national organizations to impact issues of broader significance to humankind.

Mrs. Johnson is grateful to be supported by her loving and wonderful family, and her greatest supporter, her husband, Ellis M. Johnson.

For more information on Paine College, please visit or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at
(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or


Photo caption: Flyer for the Inaugural Ann N. Johnson UNCF Jazz Festival.


Paine College Forms Police Department

Posted by lsuggs | 07/19/2013 11:31 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley, Paine College president, is pleased to announce its Campus Safety Department transition to the Paine College Police Department.

Dr. George C. Bradley stated, “Our students’ safety is priority. The Paine College Police Department will act as a deterrence to individuals who will want to impede instruction in our educational environment”.

Since his arrival, Chief Joseph Nelson, a 2010 graduate of the Georgia Chief of Police Academy and former Chief of Police of Thomson, Georgia, has increased the number of certified police officers at the College to seven, bringing the Department’s staff to a total of thirteen. In addition, Chief Nelson is certified in the State of Georgia in the following areas: Criminal Investigation, Criminal Procedures, Crime Scene Technician, Interviews and Interrogation.

The Paine College Police Department (PCPD) now has total arrest authority in the State of Georgia. The College has also been approved and granted an Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) number, assigned by the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services to criminal justice agencies. The ORI is used to identify the agency, in this case the PCPD, in transactions on the state’s database or in criminal history source document submissions. In addition, it is used to validate criminal history record requests and route criminal history record responses.

The College is in the final stages of the transition.  Brandon Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, commented, “Our new Chief has successfully put together the resources to allow the College to transition from Campus Safety to a Police Department”.

For more information on Paine College, please visit  or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at
(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or


Photo caption: Paine College Chief Nelson, Chief of the Paine College Police Department.



Paine College Mourns the Loss of Faculty Member, the Rev. Dr. Jeffery R. Thomas ‘01

Posted by lsuggs | 07/11/2013 04:52 AM

By Helene T. Carter 

(Augusta, GA) -“Indeed, this is a sad day in the life of the Paine College community,” said President George C. Bradley as he reflected on the passing of Rev. Dr. Jeffery R. Thomas, Assistant Professor of Religion.  “Dr. Thomas fervently served the students in a professional and kind manner.  He will be missed by all of us and by the students whose lives he touched.”

As Dr. Thomas rendered service to the students of Paine College, he also faithfully served as Pastor for Trinity CME Church in Augusta, Georgia.  Although his tenure was short, his ministry impacted the lives of many.

“The Paine College and CME Church communities have suffered a great loss,” commented Brandon P. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Vice President Brown and Rev. Thomas shared a common bond as they are both graduates of Paine College and were selected to serve as national ambassadors for the Black College Fund in the Lina McCord Internship program.  They traveled extensively throughout the country and abroad and served as advocates for the United Methodist Church and higher education.

Dr. Thomas graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion from Paine College in 2001.  While at Paine, Dr. Thomas earned prestigious fellowships and became a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Fellow, Fund for Theological Education Undergraduate Fellow and an Andrew W. Mellon Social Science Research Council Fellow.  Dr. Thomas also received numerous awards that included being named the UNCF Pre-Alumni Council Male of the Year (2000).  He was inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society; named to the National Dean’s List; and received the Paine College Distinguished Recognition Award.

In 2001, Dr. Thomas received a Presidential Scholarship to attend the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California where he earned a Master of Divinity degree.  During graduation ceremonies he was honored with the Church of the Good Shepherd Preaching Award and the Edwin and Frances Witman Pastoral Care Award.  After receiving his Master of Divinity degree, Dr. Thomas received another Presidential Scholarship from the Claremont School of Theology to pursue a Ph.D.  He then earned a Master of Arts degree and completed a two-year clinical residency at the Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy.  

In 2009, he completed all requirements for the Ph.D.  His dissertation was titled: The Liberative-Prophetic: A Socio-Theological and Psychospiritual Analysis of Skid Row, Los Angeles.  Dr. Thomas was awarded the Ph.D. in Theology and Personality with an emphasis in pastoral counseling and psychotherapy.  During the graduation ceremony, he was awarded the highest academic award given by the school: The President’s Award for Academic Excellence.  In 2010, Dr. Thomas was invited to teach an adjunct class on Social Conflict and Ministries of Care at Claremont.

Dr. Thomas was licensed to preach the gospel in 1995, ordained in 2002 and became an elder in 2006 in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.  He served in various capacities of numerous churches including the Raise Bridge CME Church in Waynesboro, GA; Westwood United Methodist Church, of Los Angeles, CA and the Holman United Methodist Church, also of Los Angeles.  He also served as the Senior Pastor of the Central City Community Church in Skid Row, Los Angeles in the epicenter of America’s largest homeless population.  He and the church were featured on the nationally syndicated television show The American Bible Society Presents.  His work also can be seen in, Skid Row: God, by Sam Slovick; Finding God in the City of Angels, produced by the Institute for Signifying Scriptures at Claremont Graduate University; the upcoming documentary movie, Lost Angels, produced by Big Time Productions and the CBS Television show The Bold and the Beautiful.  His ministry also was featured in the Los Angeles Sentinel, the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Downtown News. 

Dr. Thomas possessed a reservoir of knowledge that was shared with his students and all who were touched by him.  He lived his passion to empower the underserved and marginalized individuals and worked tirelessly to help families to become self-sufficient, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually whole.

The Paine College community extends heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. Thomas.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Trinity C.M.E. Church located at 2930 Glenn Hills Drive, Augusta, GA 30906.


Photo caption: Rev. Dr. Jeffery R. Thomas, Assistant Professor of Religion at Paine College.