(AUGUSTA, GA) – Paine College is proud to announce that Rick Wade, Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Commerce will deliver the keynote address for the 128th Founders’ Day Convocation on Friday, February 12, 2010. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. A large turnout is expected as many will gather to celebrate the founding of the institution during the Homecoming weekend.
About Rick Wade
As a senior aide to Secretary Gary Locke, Mr. Wade has a hand in all major policy and personnel decisions at the Commerce Department.
Mr. Wade helps to manage the Commerce Department’s annual budgets, including the budgets for all 12 of the Commerce Department’s divisions; develop the creation of new regulations that impact Commerce Department activities; and promote legislative priorities on Capitol Hill.
Since joining Commerce, Mr. Wade has been a forceful advocate for the Department’s priorities at many domestic and international forums including the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and the African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum.
Additionally, Mr. Wade works closely with the White House to ensure President Obama’s economic program is implemented by Commerce Department initiatives.
Prior to his appointment at the Commerce Department, Mr. Wade was a key advisor to the Obama for America presidential campaign in the early primary states of Iowa and South Carolina, and Mr. Wade successfully directed the campaign’s effort to mobilize unprecedented numbers of African American voters across the country. After the successful 2008 election, Mr. Wade served as a senior advisor to the Presidential Transition Team.
Mr. Wade is a former executive at Palmetto GBA, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. Prior to working for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Mr. Wade was a member of the Cabinet of South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges. In his cabinet post, he served as state director of the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services.
Mr. Wade has worked as a senior associate for Fowler Communications Inc. in South Carolina, and before that for Hoffman-La Roche Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was a senior government affairs manager.
A native of South Carolina, Mr. Wade began his career in the South Carolina state house where he worked as an analyst for the House Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Wade then worked for the University of South Carolina and then as Chief of Staff to the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor.
He received a B.S. from the University of South Carolina and Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, where he was also a Kennedy Fellow. He has studied at both the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
Among his many community affiliations, Mr. Wade has served as a trustee for the Sisters of Charity Foundation, and as Chairman of the Board for the Columbia South Carolina Urban League, the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families and the USC Educational Opportunity Center.
The public is invited to attend. For additional information contact the Office of Public Relations at 706-396-7591, Ncarter@paine.edu <mailto:Ncarter@paine.edu> , or visit www.paine.edu/homecoming.
Paine College is a church-related, four-year private institution. The mission of Paine College 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 is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees and functions partly by the generous support of The United Methodist Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the United Negro College Fund. For additional information visit www.paine.edu.