| 10/20/2010 09:03 AM
(Augusta, GA) - Georgia Labor Commissioner, Michael L. Thurmond, '75 will serve as keynote speaker for Paine College's Painefest celebration on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. The assembly program will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.
Painefest is an annual campus event that occurs during the month of October and is designed to bring people together of all ages and backgrounds to engage in activities that connect the Paine College community with the broader community through its core values of excellence, appreciation of heritage, integrity, fiscal responsibility and service. All events will take place October 25-30, 2010.
The Paine College Council of Student Organization Presidents sought out a speaker that would uplift and exemplify the spirit of Paine College and the Painefest event. "This year, the event theme is "Going from Good to Great in the Community” collectively the council presidents thought Commissioner Thurmond would be a great choice," said Natasha Adebiyi, president of Georgia Association of Educators (GAE). "We look forward to an inspiring message that will resonate with the Paine College and CSRA Community."
About Michael L. Thurmond
Thurmond has distinguished himself as an attorney, author, lecturer and public servant. Earlier this year, he decided to run for U.S. Senate.
In 1986, he answered the call to public service and was elected to the Georgia General Assembly from Clarke County. During his legislative tenure, he was the only African-American legislator elected from a majority white district. While serving in the General Assembly, Thurmond authored major legislation that has provided more than $250 million in tax relief to Georgia’s senior citizens and working families.
After serving three terms in the legislature, Governor Zell Miller selected Thurmond to direct Georgia’s historic transition from welfare to work. In 1997, Thurmond became a distinguished lecturer at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The following year, he was elected Georgia Labor Commissioner. Thurmond is currently serving his third term as labor commissioner.
Thurmond graduated with honors from Paine College with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion and later earned a juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. He also completed the Political Executives program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Thurmond is a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church West, of Athens. He and his wife Zola are the proud parents of a daughter, Mikaya.
For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706-396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.