Paine College to hold annual Fall Convocation | Wednesday, August 15th

Posted by ncarter | 08/13/2012 11:44 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College Opening Fall Convocation will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Dr. George C. Bradley will serve as the keynote for this occasion.  This event will welcome new and returning faculty, staff and students to the Paine College Community. This event is open to alumni.

Dr. Bradley is 14th President of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. He has laid the foundation for the growth of the institution through a twenty-five year master plan that has already had an economic impact on the Augusta community.

He is a graduate of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. He earned a doctorate in Higher Education with a cognate in Statistical Research and Evaluation from Iowa State University. Dr. Bradley has received alumni achievement awards from both of his alma maters. He also studied at Harvard University through the Institute for Educational Management. A scholar of the people, Dr. Bradley co-founded the South Carolina Institute for Research in Education (SCIRE). This institute sponsored research on educational issues that impact African American communities in South Carolina. He is a regular contributor to the periodic publication entitled the State of Black South Carolina published by the Columbia Urban League. He has published and presented extensively in the areas of statistical analysis, program development and interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge.

Dr. Bradley is active in a variety of civic and social organizations to include Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Boulé and Rotary International. He contributes to the greater community as a member of several boards to include the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Board of the Augusta Symphony. The South Carolina Legislature recognized Dr. Bradley for his commitment as a teacher, administrator, author, and researcher in the field of education for more than two decades with a Lifetime of Service concurrent resolution.

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National Commission Taps Paine’s Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for Expertise

Posted by ncarter | 03/21/2012 05:06 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the organization that unifies the accreditation process for colleges and universities who prepare individuals who want to work in Pre-K through 12th grade environments.  CAEP's Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting is a high profile, broad based group of educators who will develop high standards that will bring greater rigor to education preparation, while fostering innovation and continuous improvement in programs that produce teachers and other education professionals.

Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, associate vice president of Academic Affairs was selected to serve as a member of this commission because of her leadership roles on the Unit Accreditation Board's Standards Committee, as chairperson of the new International Committee, and her prior membership on NCATE's Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Experience.

"If this country is going to compete in a global environment it is imperative to build a world class system for educating all students.  CAEP's Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting will be an opportunity to set standards to prepare professionals who will ensure that all students learn," said Marshall-Bradley.

The Commission includes prominent critics of teacher education, as well as deans of schools of education; content experts in mathematics and reading; P-12 teacher, principal, and school superintendent leadership; alternative provider/charter leadership; state policymakers; representatives of education policy/advocacy organizations; and public members.

The Commission is taking the recommendations of a Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning to the next level. The Panel’s report, released a year ago, said it was time to “turn teacher education upside-down.” That Panel urged increased oversight and expectations for educator preparation and the expansion of new delivery models in which teacher candidates work more directly in clinically based settings from the beginning of their preparation as in medical education. The panel also called for preparation programs to operate in new types of partnerships between higher education and P-12 schools in which both systems share responsibility for preparation.

“To attain or to continue professional accreditation, preparation providers will need to indicate evidence of effectiveness through data on candidate performance, and show how they are using the data for program improvement,” said James G. Cibulka, president of NCATE and CAEP.

For more information, see CAEP Updates at or You can also visit and

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, to become operational in 2013, will accredit over 900 teacher education institutions across the nation, producing approximately 175,000 graduates annually.     

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Paine College announces new academic structure and new deans

Posted by ncarter | 08/9/2011 09:45 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley, President announced the appointment of Dr. Steven Thomas as the dean of its newly created School of Professional Studies and Dr. Emily Williams as the dean of its newly created School of Arts and Sciences. The new appointments come on the helm of the College’s new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Marcus Tillery.

More than three years ago, Paine College embarked on a 5- year strategic plan. The strategic plan called for the College to build on its legacies and capitalize on its achievements to move closer to the vision and mission of becoming a premier liberal arts College in our region and in the nation.

This plan has helped the institution implement the reorganization of its academic structure, moving its academic programs from divisions to schools. The School of Professional Studies encompasses the Department of Business Administration, Department of Education and Department of Media Studies. The School of Arts and Sciences encompasses the Department of Humanities, Department of Social Sciences, and Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology.

“The two schools will afford the College the opportunity to have deans who will raise resources to strengthen student resources for scholarly work and to develop graduate programs,” said Bradley.

Each of the deans has distinct visions for each school.

“The new structure provides an opportunity for the deans to foster relationships with industry and gauge their needs in an effort to develop innovative programs and produce graduates that can meet those needs,” said Thomas

This strategic move positions the College continue to provide its students with exceptional learning experiences in a global context. It is committed to supporting every student’s development and success, recruiting and promoting faculty of the highest credentials and standards of excellence, creating a supportive campus community and engaging the larger community and world.

Williams believes that each school will play an integral role in College’s path toward regional recognition.

“I see the School of Arts and Sciences assisting the institution with in its efforts to become a destination college for the study of the liberal arts, Williams said. “This structure will help our students easy identify majors and begin preparation for graduate school and other professional opportunities.”

Paine College launched the two-school model beginning August 8.

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Alice M. Simpkins elected to national board of the Association for Institutional Research

Posted by ncarter | 04/19/2011 09:55 AM

Alice M. Simpkins was recently elected to serve as the 2011-2012 Associate Forum Chair for the Association for Institutional Research (AIR).  She will begin her term as Associate Forum Chair, a national board position, on May 25, 2011 following the close of the next AIR Forum.  The position is a two-year appointment; in the second year, she will serve as Forum Chair.
The mission of the Association for Institutional Research is to support quality data and decisions for higher education.  The Forum is the premier annual conference for members of the Association. The four-day meeting is the world’s largest gathering of higher education professionals working in institutional research, assessment, planning, and related postsecondary education fields.  The Forum includes more than 450 presentations by colleagues representing all sectors of higher education and an exhibit hall featuring the latest tools and resources to support data use for decision-making.  From networking with peers to workshops and plenary sessions by leading experts in the field, the Forum is the “must attend” event for seasoned and early career professionals.

“I will use my mathematics, computer, and research skills as well as her ability to pay attention to details” to provide leadership for “planning and implementing an unforgettable Forum,” Simpkins said.

Professionally, Simpkins has presented papers at institutional research and computer conferences.  The more recent papers focused on institutional research and its role in institutional effectiveness, planning, evaluation, and assessment.  She is currently a member of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and three of its special interest groups – Traditionally Black Colleges and Universities (TBCU), Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR), and Georgia Association for Institutional Research, Planning, Assessment, and Quality (GAIRPAQ).  In AIR, Alice has served on the Nominations Committee and chaired the Ethics Advisory Committee.  Further, she has been a presenter, facilitator, and volunteer.  She has also held leadership positions in each of the special interest groups.

In addition to leadership skills, Simpkins also brings planning and organizational experience from many local community agencies to the role having served on the boards of the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Augusta Chorale.  Further, she currently holds a regional position in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

As an employee of Paine College, Simpkins currently serves as Director of Institutional Research, a position she has held since 1987.  In her almost 39 years as a Paine employee, she has held numerous positions including assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, director of institutional effectiveness and research, director of the Information and Computer Science program, database coordinator for the implementation of the Jenzabar administrative computer system (formerly CMDS Teams Elite), director of the National Youth Sports Program, and director of the Ford Teacher-Scholar program.  Her college service ranges from secretary of the faculty to service as a member of three (3) Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ leadership teams.  Further, she has been instrumental in obtaining grants for institutional effectiveness, evaluation, and research; computer and information program development; and a classroom project for statistical understanding.

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"The Divine Nine" Unites to Confront Health Disparities sponsored by New Tools New Visions 2 Augusta

Posted by ncarter | 11/18/2010 07:54 AM

(Augusta, GA)- New Tools New Visions 2 Augusta will sponsor The Divine Nine: Unites to Confront Health Disparities on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 6:00p.m. The event will take place in the Candler Memorial Library Building.

The purpose of the event is to join black Greek organizations and engage in informative and creative community service strategies to address health disparities in the community. Each organization will design exclusive activities and work collaboratively to address the risks, protective factors prevention, and intervention techniques needed to develop and maintain physical and mental health in our communities.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is a collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities. The nine NPHC organizations are collectively referred to as the "Divine Nine".

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

For more information contact Dr. Adeleri Onisegun, project director for New Tools New Visions 2 Augusta at 706-821-8281 or Terence Dicks, community liaison for New Tools New Visions 2 Augusta.


Ms. Tomyka Chaney to serve as keynote speaker for Paine College BEEP Week Assembly program

Posted by ncarter | 10/19/2010 06:21 AM

(Augusta, GA)- The Paine College Black Executive Exchange Program (B.E.E.P.) will host assembly on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Ms. Tomyka Chaney, Executive Director of Best BOOM! Strategies will serve as the keynote speaker.

Chaney is a motivational speaker and Executive Director of Best BOOM! Strategies, a division of Chaney Consulting and Advisory. She has he has over 12 years experience including being a award winning Business Development Manager and Solutions Sales Consultant with several fortune 500 companies like Xerox, Sprint Global Markets, Delta Air Lines, Manpower, Cox and Gannet Communications.

 As a native of Atlanta, Georgia and a Public Relations graduate of Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, her professionalism and business acumen has yielded many high revenue contracts and business relationships throughout a cross-section of industries such as Mass Communication, Telecommunications, Finance, Data Solutions, Employment and Education.

Chaney is also an advocate for volunteerism and currently volunteers her training and development skills at the South Dekalb YMCA. She also serves on the Dekalb Juvenile Court Judicial Panel for termination of parental rights where she is instrumental in the quality of life for foster care children in Dekalb County communities. These organizations are very close to her heart and are integral in supporting the family structure for our youth.

In addition, as former Youth President for eight years and currently as Vice President of the Christian Women Auxiliary, she continues to speak and create outreach programs.  She has also held a number of leadership positions on the State level in her Christian organization.

She has spoken and presented to current college students at the Paine College B.E.E.P. Program, Paine College Rotary Club and several speaker series events is the Atlanta metro area. In fact, she has helped motivate prospective college students at several local colleges and universities, where she was instrumental in inspiring students through Best BOOM! Strategies workshops and seminars that helped change their lives and begin a career path for themselves. She has worked with 900 students and alumni in motivating them to weather the current economy by creating a job club that was hugely successful. Through this series of workshops and seminars Best Boom! Strategies, a consulting firm located in Midtown was born.

Best Boom! Strategies, is a strategic and innovative approach to cracking the code to career and personal success. BBS strategies have been instrumental in rapidly improving the success of organizations, educational institutions, as well as individuals.A team of Business Developers, Talent Acquisition Consultants, Business Coaches and Psychologists, has come together with years of experience in corporate consulting and individual counseling, to service the needs of companies and individuals in need now.
BBS is not just another seminar, workshop or consulting service. BBS is a transformational approach to transitioning from one career to another, to one personal development success to another and one organizational accomplishment to another.

BBS provides a comprehensive strategy that incorporates motivational workshops, seminars, coaching, strategic career counseling and coping skill counseling specifically for transitional, displaced employees and employees affected by corporate downsizing.

In additional, we counsel organizations through corporate downsizing by increasing morale of effected departments by motivational workshops and helping displaced employees navigate the competitive job markets to regain employment in today’s competitive world of work.

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Welcome New Students!

Posted by ncarter | 08/4/2010 04:57 AM

Paine College is proud to welcome the Class of 2014. August 4th marks the beginning of a new journey for hundreds of Paine College freshman. For an entire week, students from around the country will walk through their "Gateway to the World" as students at Paine.

The New Student Orientation Program is designed to both acquaint students with Paine College and to welcome them to their new community. During the eight-day program taking place August 4-9, 2010, students will participate in a wide variety of workshops and activities and will have the opportunity to meet and get to know many of their classmates, faculty, and college administrators.

More specifically, students will have the opportunity to become more familiar with the campus, meet with an academic advisor to finalize their schedules and learn about the vibrant academic life at the College, attend workshops focusing on campus life, and join the fun at social events planned each day. Through a service program, students will also have the opportunity to begin learning more about and getting involved in the greater Paine College community.

Family members of incoming freshman are invited to participate in informative sessions, fellowship and memorable ceremonies.

•Student Welcome
8:00am-3:00pm Campus Wide
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

•President Picnic
Paine House

•Parent Workshop: Supporting Your Student
•Student Workshop: The First Year Experience
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

•Rites of Passage Ceremony
5:30pm- 6:30pm
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

For more information about New Student Orientation, visit the link

Paine golf tournment builds on success

Posted by ncarter | 07/21/2010 04:37 AM

Story by David Westin
The Augusta Chronicle

July 20--Last year's inaugural Paine College Golf Tournament was such a rousing success -- the event raised nearly $25,000 for the Lions' golf program -- that it seemed it would be hard to top in 2010.

It appears that won't be a problem. The second annual tournament, set for Aug. 31 at Jones Creek Golf Club, already has another full field of 50 three-man teams, and sponsorship money is up from this time last year.

The field filled up last week. The cost was $300 per three-man team, or $100 for an individual.

"We've got a standby list again," said Kenny Larry, who is back as the chairman of the tournament committee.

Sponsorships are still being accepted. Anyone interested in sponsorships or getting on the waiting list should contact Paine College at (706) 821-8233.

With sponsorship money ahead of last year's pace, thanks in part to a $3,500 donation from one area foundation, the tournament is setting a goal of $50,000 raised for the golf program.

Last year's money went for golf equipment, range finders, scholarships, assisting in recruiting and to cover expenses to send the team to the PGA Minority Golf Championships.

The Paine College Golf Tournament started in response to the fact the Paine team qualified for the minority tournament in 2008, but the trip was canceled, with the school citing lack of funds.

In the wake of an outpouring of public support after word got out about the problem, Frances Wimberly and other Paine officials thought a benefit tournament might help out. It certainly has.

"The tournament is doing very, very well," Larry said.

The tournament is using the same format as last year: a three-man captain's choice. Augusta native and Champions Tour winner Jim Dent will return as honorary chairman and play.

The interest in keeping the tournament strong doesn't surprise Wimberly, who is the assistant vice president of institutional advancement at Paine.

"Many of the people I've talked to so far talked to people who participated in the tournament last year. They like the format," she said. "When I went to talk to sponsors, some were ready."

The only problem so far is a good one. Only 50 teams can go off in the afternoon shotgun start. The course can't handle any more players.

"Because of the response, we're looking at going to a double shotgun start (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) next year," Larry said.

Dent, who attended Paine College before becoming a touring pro, is one of the biggest backers of the tournament. Last year, he had two teams of family members. He turned down complimentary slots and paid for the teams himself. The Tampa, Fla., resident will do the same this year.

"Jim just loves that we're able to have a tournament like this where he's honorary chairman," said Larry, who visited with Dent recently when he was in town. "He feels like he's giving back to the community and he is. His name is a draw."

When Larry was asked to be the committee chairman last year, he said he would only do the first two events, then step aside. It looks like he'll be back next year.

"Frances said, 'Just do it one more year, Ken,' " Larry said. "I told them I'd see. I probably will. It's a lot of work, but it's really rewarding."

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Paine College welcomes Mr. Leroy Summers, Jr. as Vice President for Administrative and Fiscal Affairs

Posted by ncarter | 05/17/2010 11:56 AM

Dr. George C. Bradley, announced today the appointment of Mr. Leroy Summers, Jr. as Vice President for Administrative and Fiscal Affairs

Summers formerly served as Vice President for Business, Finance and Technology at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he managed and directed financial, operational and administrative services for the College.  Summers has over thirty years of relevant experience in fiscal operations and administrative management. Twenty-nine of the thirty plus years have been in the college and university environment.

He has also served as Vice President for Business and Fiscal Affairs at Florida Memorial University, Vice President for Business and Finance at Savannah State University, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Business and Management at Morgan State University, Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer at Kentucky State University, Interim Assistant Vice President for Administrative Affairs and Director of Budget and Operations at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and University Treasurer at North Carolina A&T State University. He has held several accountant and administrative system positions in the business and finance area.

At Paine College, Summers will be responsible for managing the overall administrative and fiscal affairs of the College. Summers will be responsible for several administrative units within the Division of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs, to include the Controller’s Office, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Business Services (Gift Shop, Post Office, Print Shop) Facilities Management and Plant Operations, Food Services, Campus Safety and Information Technology Services. He will also be working diligently with appropriate parties to streamline business operations, and strengthen internal controls to maintain the fiscal stability and integrity of the College’s overall financial and business operations.
Summers believes with his extensive experience in many areas of financial management and a thorough understanding of administrative systems and fiscal operations, he can greatly assists with the strategic goals of the College. "I am confident with my background I can contribute to the vision and growth of this institution," he said.

Summers is a native of St. George, South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management/Accounting from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina and a Master of Business Administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Paine College Community welcomes and congratulates him on his new position.

Paine College Community welcomes Ms. Castine E.S. Rhoades as Registrar

Posted by ncarter | 05/11/2010 05:54 AM

(Augusta, GA) –Dr. George C. Bradley, announced today the appointment of Ms. Castine E.S. Rhoades as Registrar.

Rhoades formerly served as Assistant Registrar at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina, where she managed online registration and the Registration (RE) module of Jenzabar System. Rhoades has over seven years of Secondary and Higher Education experience. She has also served as Instructor of Organizational Management at Voorhees College Adult Education Program, and Admissions Counselor and Multicultural Recruitment Officer at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio.

Rhoades will now be responsible the management and implementation of online registration and several other tasks affiliated with the position of Registrar at Paine.

At Paine College, Rhoades plans to utilize her educational and professional experiences to further enhance the institutions mission and vision.

"I am diligently working to begin building the necessary infrastructure needed to take the Registrar's Office to the next level, and assist the institution at large with meeting organizational goals outlined in the President's strategic plan,” she said.

Rhoades is a native of Nassau, Bahamas and resident of the United States for more than 14 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and a Masters of Arts in Education with a specialization in Higher Education from The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.