Paine College Board of Trustees Announces New Chair

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/13/2015 05:11 AM

AUGUSTA, GA – The Paine College Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Attorney Barbara Bouknight, as its new Chairman of the Board, effective August 27, 2015. Attorney Bouknight of Flint, Michigan will succeed current Chairman, Dr. David Peterson. 

Attorney Bouknight has been serving as a Board of Trustees member for the past year. Attorney Bouknight has previously served as the Executive Director (UniServ Director) for the Michigan Education Association (MEA), Associate Superintendent of Personnel/Employee Relations for Southfield Michigan Public Schools, and as the Director of Employee Relations for Flint Michigan Community Schools.

Attorney Bouknight holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University and Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School.

“I want to thank Dr. Peterson for his leadership of the Board and his dedication to Paine College,” said Interim President, Dr Samuel Sullivan. “I look forward to working with Attorney Bouknight and the entire Board in helping Paine College in it’s mission to become an even greater institution.”

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.



Morgan Stanley and Paine College to Host Carla Harris, One of the Nation’s Top Female Executives in Lecture

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/9/2015 11:49 AM

Paine College President, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, announced that the College has partnered with Morgan Stanley to bring one of the nation’s top female executives to the CSRA. Carla Harris, Vice Chairman of Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley, will be on the Paine College campus to address students, faculty, staff and the CSRA business and corporate community on the keys of success. The author of “Expect to Win”, Ms. Harris will share proven strategies for thriving in the workplace. She will share her “Pearls of Wisdom” with the business and corporate community in a lecture on Tuesday, October 20th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Multi-purpose Room of the HEAL Complex located at 1255 Druid Park Avenue on the Paine College campus.  Although this event is open to the public, the College strongly advises that attendees confirm their intent to attend by calling (706)821-8233 or via email to

Ms. Harris is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across Morgan Stanley. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. She has extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors.

In August 2013, President Barack Obama appointed Ms. Harris to chair the National Women’s Business Council. For more than a decade, she was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transactions in U.S. history.

She was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, U.S. Bankers “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top 75 African-Americans on Wall Street” (2006 – 2011), and Essence Magazine’s “50 Women Who are Shaping the World.”

Ms. Harris began her career with Morgan Stanley in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department in 1987. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, she received from Harvard Business School an MBA, Second Year Honors, and an AB in economics from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude. Ms. Harris has also received Honorary Doctorates of Laws, Humanities and Business from Marymount Manhattan College, Bloomfield College, Jacksonville University, Simmons College, College of New Rochelle, St. Thomas Aquinas College, and Fisk University.

Ms. Harris is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and sits on the boards of the Food Bank for New York City, Executive Leadership Council, Toigo Foundation, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), A Better Chance, Inc., Mt. Sinai and St. Vincent’s Hospitals, and Xavier University. Ms. Harris is co-chair of the National Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

In her other life, Ms. Harris is a singer and has released her third gospel CD “Unceasing Praise” (2011), her second CD, a gospel album titled, “Joy Is Waiting”, was featured on BET Nightly News while her first CD entitled, “Carla’s First Christmas”, was a bestseller on and was featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in his “American Dream” segment. She is an active member of the St. Charles Gospelites of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Mark Howell Singers. She is also the author of the newly released book, “Strategize to Win” and of “Expect to Win” (2009) (Hudson Press).

Ms. Harris’s passion lies in helping others. As she says, “we are blessed, so that we can be a blessing to others.”

To learn more about Carla Harris’ upcoming appearance at Paine College, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706)396-7591 or via email at To confirm seating, contact Cherene Mack at (706)821-8233 or


Paine College Staff Association Makes Donation to Augusta Ronald McDonald House Charities

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/5/2015 09:53 AM

The Paine College Staff Association delivered nearly 35 pounds (44,345) of pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House on Thursday, September 24, 2015.  When recycled, the pop tabs will generate funds which will help to offset the Ronald McDonald House's expenses.  For over 30 years, Ronald McDonald House of Augusta has been "home away from home" to families seeking medical treatment for their sick or injured child.  In 2014, it served as home to 631 families.  

Ms. Samantha Tarte, the night manager at  Ronald McDonald House, took the Paine College staff on a tour of the facility. “We were honored to be able to witness the dedication to Ronald McDonald House. This donation will go toward helping families staying here,” said Henrietta “Lois” Hayes, Vice President of the Paine Staff Association. “Samantha Tarte's wonderful personality is an attestation to the warm, friendly atmosphere that Ronald McDonald House provides. The experience resonated with the staff members. It is a blessing be able to help those in need.”

“We would like to thank the Paine College community for their contribution to aid in this cause.  Please, keep those tabs coming!  It’s a small way of making a big difference in the lives of others.  A very special thanks to Ms. Wanda Brock and Mrs. Vonetta Flowers-Hinton for assisting with the delivery of this donation,” said Hayes.

Volunteer opportunities are always available to provide a helping hand. These can include planning and coordinating activities, cooking a meal for the families, being part of the spring cleaning crew. For more information on volunteering for Ronald McDonald House of Augusta, visit

Renowned Soprano, Indra Thomas to Perform At Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 09/30/2015 08:13 AM

Indra Thomas who has performed in concerts, productions, and music festivals around the world will visit Paine College on Friday, October 16, 2015, in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at 5:00 pm.  Thomas will perform Gershwin tunes and spirituals. Sandra Lutter will collaborate on piano. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted and go toward supporting the Paine College music program.   
An Atlanta native, Thomas has been called one of the foremost Aidas in the world and a leading Verdi sopranos of her generation. Mrs. Thomas has graced the stages at the Royal Albert Festival, London, and Choregies d’Orange in France.  
The New York Times praised Thomas’ performance as Imogene in Il Pirata at the Caramoor Festival “The mad scene was a triumph, especially its reflective first half in which Ms. Thomas’ affinity for long-spun, slow melodic phrases was impressive. The audience awarded her a tremendous ovation.”   
Ms. Indra Thomas is also an Adjunct Instructor of Music – Voice at Shorter University.   
Biography for Indra Thomas from  
Considered one of the foremost Aidas in the world today, Ms. Thomas has appeared at many of the world’s great opera houses, such as the Metropolitan Opera and the Vienna State Opera; and prominent venues in France, Germany, Spain and England, including the Royal Albert Hall. Among numerous top orchestras with which she has appeared are the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra – as well as leading orchestras in Paris, Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands, Japan, Finland, South Korea, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Boston, Cleveland and Detroit.   
In the wake of her professional debut at Carnegie Hall in Messa di Requiem by Verdi, her work has been marked by rapturous public and critical acclaim. She soon blossomed into one of the world’s truly great operatic and concert sopranos, with a particular affinity for Verdi roles. In constant demand, her performances are consistently distinguished by the striking vocal beauty and deep emotional impact of her singing — as well as her smoldering intensity as a singing actress.  
Ms. Thomas has graced several famous music festivals, to include the London Proms, Bregenz Festspiele, Chorégies, d’Orange and Festival International de Musique de Colmar; she has toured widely, and has been featured in many radio and television broadcasts. Her signature Verdi roles are in Aida, Il Trovatore, Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Carlo and La Forza del Destion – as well as the Requiem: her favorite Verdi work. She has also appeared to great acclaim in operas by Puccini, Wagner, Mozart and Bellini. Her favored non-operatic music encompasses Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis, Britten’s War Requiem, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, R. Strauss’s Four Last Songs, and Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” (No. 8). She has recorded for NPR, as well as the LSO Live and Naxos labels; her work has garnered both an Emmy and a Grammy nomination.  
Ms. Thomas, a minister’s daughter, was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Her mother, a gifted amateur singer, served as young her first voice teacher. While in her teens, she first came to wide- spread attention when she sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” in the funeral scene of the Academy Award-winning film Driving Miss Daisy. She is a graduate of Shorter College and the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts.  

Miss Paine College to Compete in The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame

Posted by painewebmaster | 09/22/2015 09:39 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - Miss Paine College 2015-2016, Ijeoma Aston, will compete in the 2015 National Black College Alumni against college queens from Historically Black Colleges and University’s (HBCU) around the nation for the title of Miss NBCA Hall of Fame.

The pageant will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. and begin at 7:00 p.m. The Competition of College Queens showcases young women from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The queens are judged in five categories. Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame serves as a national representative and advocate of HBCUs and receives an academic scholarship and prizes. The pageant is one of many events hosted by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. 

The mission of The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation is to be a catalyst and partner for ensuring the stability, strength and excellence of the nation’s historically and/or predominately Black colleges and universities. 

Alston serves as Miss Paine College 2015-2016. She is a native of Toronto, Canada. She is the daughter of Bell and Franca Onyori. Alston is a senior English major. Since her arrival at Paine College, she has been actively involved in a number of activities and organizations including Pre-Alumni Council, English Club, Wesley Fellowship, and Collegiate 100. She has held leadership positions as Chief of Staff for Student Government Association 2014-2015, Resident Hall Assistant, and currently serves as a member of the Paine College Student Government. 

During her reign, Alston plans to focus on executing her platform titled “Restoring Faith.” The purpose of her platform is to encourage her fellow peers to bring back confidence in their institution, as well as themselves and their ability to be great. Her main focus is to make sure that the student body voices their concerns and presents ideas in order to transform and rebuild their beloved institution. Alston also wants to enlighten her fellow Paineites in the areas of professionalism, intellectual growth, career development and, dressing for success! Alston plans to attend Law school immediately following graduation and her ultimate career goal is to become Speaker of House for Congress. 

For more information on the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame in Atlanta Georgia, please visit

For more information about Paine College, please visit or contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or 

Paine College Student Selected As Student Ambassador for White House HBCU All-Star Program

Posted by painewebmaster | 09/5/2015 04:18 AM

Paine College student and Accounting Major, Chika Okanya, has been selected to serve as a student ambassador for the White House Initiative on HBCUs. As a student ambassador, Okanya will work with the White House Initiative on HBCUs for one year to advance President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13532.

The program is geared toward promoting the ability for students to reach their educational and career potential through higher education. The All-Star Student Ambassadors will participate in social media initiatives along with attending regional and national events “that support a spirit of engagement and personal and professional development.”

“This opportunity is a huge blessing,” Okanya said. “As the representative for Paine College, I have the chance to make a lasting impact by promoting excellence, innovation, and sustainability at HBCUs.”

Okanya was invited to represent the College at the HBCU Conference Week in September in Washington, D.C.

In addition to being a student ambassador, Okanya has received numerous honors. Last year, he was elected to a one-year term as a student member of the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Honors Council. He is also an ADP Scholar and the recipient of nine other prestigious scholarships. Okanya plans to attend Harvard Business School, Yale Business School,  Duke University, or Penn State Business School to study Forensic Accounting then pursue a Doctorate degree in Accounting.

Paine College Appoints New Interim Chief of Police and Campus Safety Director

Posted by painewebmaster | 08/21/2015 07:35 AM

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President at Paine College, announced the appointment of Lieutenant Leroy Morgan, Jr. as Interim Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety during the Opening Conference for faculty and staff held on August 3, 2015 in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Chief Morgan succeeds Joseph Nelson who departed Paine College to become the Chief of Police at South Carolina State University. 

Chief Morgan will oversee twelve officers and the College’s Department of Transportation.

During an open forum hosted by the Student Government Association held August 19th in the Chapel, Chief Morgan encouraged students to contact him concerning any matter.  He said, “We will maintain an open door policy and will continue to have twenty-four hour protection, seven days per week.”  He further commented, “If you see something, say something.”

Chief Morgan, educated in the public schools of Jefferson County, Georgia, is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Administration at Strayer University.  He has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement having assisted with active investigations initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Jefferson, Emanuel, and Burke Counties.  He has experience in field training, investigations, and code enforcement. During his career, he has held the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Assistant Police Chief.  In 2013, he served as Chief of Police for the City of Keysville, Georgia.

He has trained and served as a presenter in the areas of Field Training, Gang Violence, Narcotics, Home Invasions, and Counterfeit Money.

He holds certifications in several areas such as Chief of Police, Criminal Investigation, Child Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse Investigation,  Child Abuse Investigation, Public Safety, National Incident Management Systems, Gang Intelligence, Undercover Operations, Radar Usage, Intoximeter, Bike Patrol, Tactical Baton, Oleoresin Capsicum Familiarization, Taser Usage, Level One Agrosecurity Awareness, Courtroom Demeanor, and Fingerprinting.

Chief Morgan has professional affiliations with the Optimist International Club (1997-present); Georgia Chiefs Association (2004-present); and The FreemasonsMason, Sons of Louisville (2004-present).

“It is important that we continue to build relationships with the community as we strive to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe,” said Chief Morgan.

The Paine College Police Department, with total arrest authority in the State of Georgia, has articulation agreements with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department.

For more information about the Paine College Police Department, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or   



Paine College TRIO Student Support Services Program Receives Grant

Posted by painewebmaster | 08/14/2015 05:51 AM

The Paine College TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program is one of two (2) federally funded TRIO grants at the College, which had its beginning at Paine in August of 1973.  The Program has received notification of selection for continued funding from the U. S. Department of Education, which will commence on September 1, 2015 and the award is anticipated to continue for five (5) years ending August 31, 2020.

The U.S. Department of Education announced the award of $270 million to 1,071 institutions of Higher Education to provide thousands of students with academic and other support services they need to succeed in college. The Paine College TRIO SSS Program will receive $239,964 annually to serve 130 participants.

Student Support Services (SSS) grants are aimed at helping increase the number of economically disadvantaged college students, first-generation students, and those with disabilities to successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level. “Every student has the right to an equal opportunity to learn and succeed in college,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants provide critical support to students who can benefit from extra help and encouragement along their college journey, enabling them to reach their personal goals and contribute to the economic vitality of our nation.”

Paine College Professor Receives Grant to Engineer Antifouling Films

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/22/2015 06:31 AM

Paine College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Xiaoning Zhang has received a grant to provide undergraduate students with research opportunities and advance skills in chemistry. The grant will help provide support to the College’s STEM research program and involve undergraduate students in research experiences.  

The two-year, nearly $194,000 grant comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Research Initiation Awards (RIA)’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP). HBCU-UP provides support for STEM faculty at HBCUs in order to increase the minority populations in STEM fields.

The project is entitled “Surface modification of thiol-terminated silicon to build reusable antifouling layer”.  According to the award abstract, this study will investigate an approach that will allow thiol-terminated surfaces to be used and re-used by attaching molecules with antifouling functional groups via a disulfide bond. 

The results of this project may be transferable to the shipping and biomedical industries, and become a solution to reduce the costs associated with fouling, the accumulation of unwanted material on solid surfaces that impedes or interferes its function. This project will be conducted in collaboration with scholars in Marshall University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Dr. Xiaoning Zhang is currently an assistant professor of Chemistry at the Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology of Paine College, Augusta, GA. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY). After graduation, he served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Marshall University (Huntington, WV) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC).

Southeastern Psychological Association Awards Paine Faculty Member with the Outstanding Professional Paper Award for 2015

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/21/2015 05:17 AM

Dr. Lawanda Cummings, the chair of the Social Science Department was awarded the Outstanding Professional Paper Award for the 61st Annual SEPA Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Her paper and presentation entitled “Black Women in STEM: The Role of Contextual Supports in Academic Self-Efficacy”, explored the academic progress and the differing mechanisms used to promote success among STEM and Non-STEM major students.  The BWSTEM (Black Women in STEM) Project is funded by a Broadening Impact grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) with Co-PIs Dr. Lawanda Cummings and Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Associate Professor of Education. The SEPA Outstanding Professional Paper Award is awarded annually to one faculty member through a rigorous review of a paper and presentation by a select committee. 

The Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) is the largest psychological organization in the southeast and one of the largest in the United States. The purpose of SEPA is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare with a mission to stimulate the exchange of scientific and professional ideas across the diverse areas of psychological inquiry and application. Further information about SEPA awards can be found at

Dr. Cummings received a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Georgia State University in 2010. She also earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in Community Psychology at GSU, her beloved alma mater. Her work and research also include Substance Abuse, HIV and HCV prevention through PC-IDEAL, recently funded for $877,000 by SAMHSA. Find out more information about Dr. Lawanda Cummings at