Michael L. Thurmond, Superintendent of DeKalb County School District, will give Keynote Address during the Paine College 133rd Founders’ Day Convocation

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/13/2015 05:43 AM


Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, members of the Paine College administration, faculty, staff and students cordially extend an invitation to alumni and friends to attend the College’s 133rd Founders’ Day Convocation on Friday, February 13th at 10:30 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. This event is open to the public.

Attorney Michael L. Thurmond, Superintendent of the DeKalb County School District, will deliver the Founders’ Day address.  The DeKalb County School District, third largest in the state of Georgia, serves nearly 99,000 students with over 13,400 employees.  He is currently on leave from the Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer law firm.
Thurmond was raised as a sharecropper's son in Clarke County, Georgia. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Paine College and later earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He also completed the Political Executives program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

In 1986, he became the first African-American elected to the Georgia General Assembly from Clarke County since Reconstruction. During his legislative tenure, Thurmond authored major legislation that has provided more than $250 million in tax relief to Georgia's senior citizens and working families.
Following his legislative service, Thurmond was called upon to lead the state Division of Family and Children's Services and direct Georgia's historic transition from welfare to work. He created the innovative Work First program, which helped over 90,000 welfare-dependent Georgia families move from dependence into the workforce.

In 1997, Thurmond became a distinguished lecturer at the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The following year in November, he was elected Georgia Labor Commissioner, becoming the first non-incumbent African American to be elected to statewide office in Georgia.

During his three terms as commissioner, the Georgia Labor Department underwent a major transformation in customer service and efficiency. His Georgia Works program has earned national praise and bi-partisan support. President Barack Obama based part of the American Jobs Act after the Georgia Works model. However, Thurmond's most gratifying accomplishment as a public official was the construction of a $20 million school for young people with disabilities at the historic Roosevelt Institute in Warm Springs, Georgia.

He is the recipient of two honorary doctorate degrees from Clark Atlanta University and LaGrange College. Thurmond has also served as a motivational speaker to state school board associations in nine Southern states on issues regarding leadership, diversity, and public education advocacy in the 21st century.

Thurmond's latest book, Freedom: Georgia's Antislavery Heritage, 1733-1865, was awarded the Georgia Historical Society's Lilla Hawes Award. The Georgia Center for the Book listed Freedom as one of The 25 Books All Georgian's Should Read. He presently serves on the Board of Curators of the Georgia Historical Society. He is married to Zola Fletcher Thurmond, and they have one daughter, Mikaya Thurmond.
For more information, please contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591, or via email: tjwilliams@paine.edu.

Paine College FRN Symposium - “Understanding the New Europe: Local and Global Realities in the 21st Century”

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/29/2015 03:50 AM

This symposium lead by Dr. Lawanda Cummings, Assistant Professor and Chair of Department of Social Sciences, and Dr. Cathrerine Adams, Assistant Professor of English,  will bring together participants of the Faculty Resource Network (FRN) seminars with members of the academic and Augusta community for two timely global discussions:

- On Thursday, January 29, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Implications of how developments within the European Union impact the economic and political realities in the United States. Topics to be discussed: climate change initiatives and the global economy, global immigration and labor, and far right political ascendency.

- On Friday, January 30, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: “Athens (Greece) and Augusta as Teaching Canvases” Topics to be discussed: Digital programs and repositories for the Social Sciences and the Humanities.

Both discussions will be held in Gandy Richardson Auditorium in Haygood-Holsey, 210. This event is open to the public.

Renowned Organist, Alvin Blount to Perform as Part of the Ellis Johnson Concert Series

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/12/2015 09:03 AM

Renowned organist and recording artist Alvin Blount will perform at Paine College as part of the Ellis Johnson Concert Series at 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 31st, in the Paine College Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. This organ recital, dedicated to Ann Johnson, will include both classical and spiritual pieces written for the organ. Admission to the performance is free and open to the public. During the recital, an offering will be taken to support the Ann and Ellis Johnson Endowed Scholarship which provides continual aid to Paine College students in the area of Music.

Alvin Blount maintains a dynamic career as organist. He is the Director of Music and Worship at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church in Augusta, GA and the Dean of the Augusta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He has performed throughout the United States and abroad in Ireland and Italy. As the Director of Music and Worship at St. St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, Blount performed in St. Peter’s Basilica on the Feast of Christ the King, celebrated by Pope John Paul II in 1999.


For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706-396-7591 or via email at Tjwilliams@paine.edu.

Paine College Announces Self-Imposed Suspension of Infant Football Program

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/10/2015 08:53 AM

For Immediate Release : January 10, 2015

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Paine College Interim President, announced today that the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to suspend the College’s football program for two years.  Dr. Sullivan said that the suspension was self-imposed.  He commented, “At this critical juncture in the history of Paine College, we have no choice but to firmly reestablish the financial health of our College.”  “It is only through achieving this condition that we will have a chance of being removed from probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and winning reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation.”  Dr. Sullivan further stated, “We must take this and other steps to reduce overall expenditures by the College and increase our net assets.” “After removal of all sanctions imposed upon the college by SACSCOC, we will conduct a cost benefit analysis and evaluate the return of our football program.”

“The College will honor scholarships for eligible players during the spring 2015 semester,” said Athletics Director Selina Kohn.  “While we regret that the College has suspended the football program, the Lion Athletics Program will continue to support five men’s and five women’s sports.”  Kohn further stated that the football coaches will mentor the student athletes to help them make the transition to find new athletic homes for those who wish to transfer.

During the meeting of the Board of Trustees in October 2012, the governing body unanimously voted to revive the football program after a 50-year hiatus.  The College introduced Club Football with a limited number of games in 2013 and rolled out its full program during the 2014 fall semester.

Under the leadership of Coach Greg Ruffin, the Club team ended the season with an impressive 3-1 record in 2013.  In 2014, the Lions ended the season with a 2-8 record.

Although the community has rallied support for the new program that is still in its infant stage, the cost to operate the program has placed an enormous amount of financial strain on the College’s operating budget.

“We want our sports programs to remain competitive and in order to do that, we must revisit the cost of maintaining a healthy athletic program,” said Dr. Sullivan.  “Although the College is witnessing an enormous outpouring of support from the community, the economic climate has caused us to reassess the budgets and the cost of operating the football program.”  “It is imperative that we continue to enhance the College’s academic programs and student services.”

The Paine College Lion Athletic program falls under the auspices of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference and NCAA Division II.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or via email:Tjwilliams@paine.edu.

Paine College will Serve as Host Site for Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Posted by painewebmaster | 12/23/2014 08:51 AM

Paine College Past-President, William H. Harris, will Give Keynote Address 

Each year, Augusta Technical College, Georgia Regents University and Paine College come together to celebrate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through this celebration, the institutions encourage the community to reflect upon the teachings of Dr. King and his work for peace and equal rights for all people throughout the world.

Paine College will host the event on the campus in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on Friday, January 16th at 12 noon.  President Emeritus of Alabama State University, Dr. William H. Harris, will give the keynote address.  Dr. Harris, a graduate of Paine College, also served as the eleventh president of Paine from 1982 to 1988.

Dr. Harris has an impressive career in higher education and served as President of Texas Southern University and led Fort Valley State University as its Interim President. He is the author of two books: Keeping the Faith: A. Philip Randolph, Milton P. Webster, and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, published in 1977 and reissued in 1991 by the University of Illinois Press; and The Harder We Run: Black Workers Since the Civil War, published in 1982 by Oxford University Press. 

During this occasion, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Paine College Interim President, will recognize the achievements and legacy of Reverend Dr. Julius S. Scott, Jr. who served as president of Paine College from 1975-1982 and during 1988-1994.  Dr. Scott is well known for his unwavering dedication to education. He left a legacy of extraordinary service, scholarship, integrity and faith that impacted the institutions and communities in which he served.

The combined choirs from the participating host institutions will perform.

Paine College has a historical tradition of open access and a commitment to social justice. Through this joint celebration, the institutions encourage the community to embrace a climate that is open and accepting of differences.  This event is open to the public.


For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or via email: Tjwilliams@paine.edu, Vflowers-hinton@paine.edu.

Paine College is Rebuilding Music Program

Posted by painewebmaster | 12/23/2014 06:22 AM

Choir is first step in reviving artistic programs

By Lisa Kaylor Augusta Chronicle Staff Writer

Dr. R. Wayne Woodson, Paine College's director of music, leads the choir he re-established at the liberal arts college in Augusta.

He joined the faculty at the liberal arts college last fall, and was tasked with re-establishing the program and bringing back culture and arts to Paine. The music program, which once had been robust, had faded over the past decade. A music major is no longer offered, and the school’s collection of music had all but vanished. “When I was in (undergraduate school), Paine had a huge music program,” Woodson said. “It actually had one of the best programs in the state. “The choir had 80-something people in it. We had a full faculty. We offered several degrees in music. In its heyday, it was a very substantial program.”Today, he and a part-time music appreciation teacher are the entire faculty and the choir is half its former size. But things are changing.

“That first year we grew to 31 students. Now we’re at 43,” Woodson said. The challenge is one of the things that brought Woodson to Paine. Originally from Detroit, he studied music at Morehouse College in Atlanta, intending to pursue a degree in entertainment law. Instead, he worked in administration for the Atlanta Symphony. He also worked with the New England Conservatory, the Florida Orchestra and went back to Atlanta, where he founded the Voices of Atlanta and the Heritage Music Festival, which he has now brought to Paine College. Woodson hopes to restore the program to its original glory, with a full chorus, orchestra, faculty and several programs of study. He is beginning by re-establishing the choir.

Choirs serve a number of functions for historically black colleges, Woodson said, and can be both a fundraiser and recruiter for their schools. Because Paine’s administration is in a transitional stage, both are important right now. “We continue to recruit and we attempt to bring in as much funding as we can,” he said. To build the program Woodson envisions takes money, and he said he has found fundraising a big part of his job. He needs to rebuild the music library so the choir will have a variety of music to perform. But music alone can cost Woodson $10,000 a year. “I have to buy a score for every piece for every singer,” he said. “The average person is about $60 apiece. The most recent music order for this fall was over $4,000.” Last year, through bake sales, barbecues, donation requests and other fundraising efforts, the choir raised about $20,000. This year, they will need twice that amount to not only purchase music, but to pay travel expenses to perform at other venues.

Another challenge has been re-establishing student trust in the program, diminished because the program has not had a steady director in five years. The students who are in the program are in it because they are dedicated to singing, he said, but it’s difficult for many of them because they carry full course loads and either work or raise families. “But we have some amazingly dedicated students here,” Woodson said. “We’ve had students that have suffered deaths in their families in the past few months. They just rally together and help each other out. Sometimes it’s an uphill battle, but it’s always worth it.” One thing that is most important to Woodson is exposing his students to ideas and experiences that they wouldn’t have except through music.


For example, many of his students have never sung in a foreign language. But once they performed Ave Maria, it became a favorite. He also uses their talents and interests to perform tasks for the choir. For instance, a public relations major is handling marketing for the choir, and a history major is putting together a history of the music program. “I’m not grooming people to have music careers, but I am grooming them to be leaders when they leave here,” Woodson said.

Repost via The Augusta Chronicle from, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. See orginal article here: http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2014-11-12/paine-college-rebuilding-music-program

Paine College Christmas Caravan

Posted by twilliams | 12/8/2014 06:15 AM

Augusta, GA - Paine College is opening the grounds and gates to the 15th Street entrance to welcome everyone from the Augusta community for the Paine College Christmas Caravan on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 4-7 pm.  The goodwill event is designed to help needy families with non-perishable food, household items and toys for the holiday season.  Paine College has partnered with the Golden Harvest Food Bank and Toys for Tots and asks that people donate by joining the caravan of cars on 15th Street to drive through the front entrance and drop off their donations.  

The exclusive festive event will feature a variety of choirs singing Christmas carols, hot chocolate, baked goods, and drawings for special holiday prizes as well.  You can also enter to bring your donation by walking on the campus where members of the Paine College faculty, staff, alumni, and students will be on hand to greet you.  Paine College President, Dr. Samuel Sullivan says, “We are pleased to open up our gates to spread some holiday cheer and welcome our friends as we close out this year and begin anew. It’s the perfect way for us to tell others how much we appreciate them.”

We ask that the media be present at the 4 pm start to be sure you capture the special ceremony to open the gates!  Santa Claus will lead the caravan as other Augusta dignitaries and community leaders will join in to make their contributions.  

For more information contact Tonya Williams at marketing@paine.edu.

Paine College Staff Association Makes $2,000 Donation in Support of Together, We Can Campaign for Paine

Posted by painewebmaster | 11/26/2014 03:25 AM

The Paine College Staff Association is in the giving spirit.  Today, immediately following the annual Thanksgiving program that was held in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, the Staff Association donated $2,000 in support of Together, We Can Annual Campaign for Paine.  Together, We Can is a fundraising initiative that is designed to raise immediate funds that will address critical needs for the College.  “This gift speaks volumes and demonstrates the campus family’s commitment to preserving the institution that has served the community for over 132 years,” said Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President.

According to the organization’s president, Uzetta Gresham, the donation is a precursor to the Staff Association’s Family and Friends Pack the Pews fundraising event that will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  The “pack the pews” fundraising event will feature a showcase of entertainment by the Paine College students.  Each pew will have a captain and a team responsible for raising a minimum of $250.00 or more in support of the College.  Friends of the College are invited to join the pew captains and teams in a show of support with their donations for the College.

In existence for twenty-two years, the Paine College Staff Association is comprised of over 50 members who pay annual dues and render volunteer service in support of the organization’s mission that exemplifies the Paine Ideal, the Core Value of Service, and the College’s Strategic Plan.  “Service is at the core of our mission,” commented Henrietta Hayes, vice president.  “We strive to boost morale among our peers as we maintain a positive and productive work environment.”

The Staff Association has donated to numerous agencies and causes.  They include the Ronald McDonald House; Hope House; Safe Homes of Augusta; UNCF; Master’s Table Soup Kitchen; and the University Hospital Breast Cancer Awareness Miracle Mile Walk.  The organization also provides school supplies to Paine College students and gift cards to staff members for various occasions.

The Paine College Staff Association provides significant endorsement strength and serves as an ambassador by linking the College with community constituents.

The Paine College Staff Association invites the public to “pack the pews” on December 6th in support of service to the College.   Contact Uzetta Gresham at 706.396.8102, Ugresham@paine.edu, Henrietta Hayes at 706.821.8324, Hhayes@paine.edu, or Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8323, Hcarter@paine.edu to make your donation in support of this fundraising event.

Paine College Presents “Revelation: A Gospel Experience” featuring National Recording Artist Lawrence Flowers & Intercession

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/23/2014 11:27 AM

On Saturday, November 15, 2014, the Paine College Concert Choir will present “Revelation: A Gospel Experience” at 7:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Featured performers for the evening will include national recording artist, Lawrence Flowers & Intercession, the Paine College Concert choir led by Director, R. Wayne Woodson along with special guests. 

Lawrence Flowers & Intercession released two successful albums that laid the groundwork for their new album “Shadow Worshiper”. The group is led by singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Lawrence Flowers who is an individualist in the Gospel music world. With a multitude of performances, Lawrence Flowers & Intercession have become one of the most successful gospel groups in the continental US, UK, and Bahamas. 

“I am honored to have Lawrence Flowers & Intercession performing on the campus of Paine College,”shared Woodson. 

“Revelation: A Gospel Experience” is one of a number of gospel concerts scheduled this year," said Woodson. “Here at Paine, we acknowledge and embrace every type of music. As the College enters the next phase of our history, we are trusting God and having faith that He alone will author the College's story. This concert is not to be missed!”

This event is open to the CSRA community. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 for VIP seating. VIP ticket holders will have priority seating and will be treated to a mixer. To purchase tickets, contact R. Wayne Woodson at 706.821.8314 or visit Eventbrite at pcgospel.eventbrite.com.


About Paine College:

Paine College sits on 64 acres located in the heart of Augusta, Georgia. The Mission of Paine College, a church-related private institution, is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world.

Paine College Board of Trustees Announced Appointment of Dr. Samuel Sullivan as Interim President of Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/17/2014 13:37 PM

The members of the Paine College Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dr. Samuel Sullivan as Interim President effective today, Friday, October 17, 2014.

 About Paine College:


Paine College sits on 64 acres located in the heart of Augusta, Georgia. The Mission of Paine College, a church-related private institution, is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world.