Paine College Alumnus Collection Featured at the Lucy C. Laney Museum of Black History

Posted by lsuggs | 09/17/2013 06:30 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is now featuring the art collection of Ellis M. Johnson, a retired performing artist, philanthropist, and arts connoisseur. The ‘61 Paine College graduate’s collection will be on exhibit until September 30, 2013. His support for the arts in Augusta and his work as an educator embody the spirit of community service.

“This month, we observe the artistic life of Mr. Ellis Johnson whose dedication the to the CSRA’s art community is invaluable. Of note, he was instrumental in uplifting internationally renowned opera singer and Augusta- native Jessye Norman”, shared Christine Betts, Executive Director of the Laney Museum.  “He served as director for The Augusta Chorale and held board positions for The Augusta Arts Council, The Augusta Symphony, and currently serves on the board for The Jessye Norman School of the Arts”.

 Johnson’s collection highlights half a century of awards, clippings, newspapers, and visual art from his archives.  Spanning over 50 years, it will chronicle the artistic life of Mr. Johnson through electronic, print and oral media. The exhibition will include awards, newspaper clippings and visual art from his collection.

Johnson explains, “My interest in visual art was sparked in an art class in school when I tried my hand at drawing, but never succeeded in that medium. The art I collect is just art that appeals or speaks to me personally in some way”.

The CSRA is invited to the following events in celebration of Johnson’s exhibit:

    Opening Reception at the Museum
Sunday, September 15, 2013
3:00 pm
Cost: $5 per person
Mr. Ellis Johnson will give a brief talk of his involvement in the arts community.

    Special Luncheon at The Augusta Library
823 Telfair Street
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
12:00 pm
Cost: $20 per person
This luncheon will be held in Mr. Johnson’s honor, celebrating his dedication to our community and will include organizations representing the Augusta Arts Community.

For more information on the events or exhibit in honor of Ellis Johnson at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, please visit or call 706-724-3576.

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Photo caption: Mr. Ellis Johnson, 1961 Paine College graduate and featured artist at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History of Augusta, GA.


Paine College Student to Travel to South Africa

Posted by lsuggs | 09/17/2013 06:28 AM

(Augusta, GA) – A rising star at Paine College by the name of Jordan Rutland has been selected for the forthcoming 2014 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows January South Africa Institute.  The junior Biology major of Manassas, Virginia, conducted research with Dr. C.R. Nair, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Physics & Environmental Sciences, in the area algae biofuel.  This project is intended to span a two year period, funded through the United Negro College Fund Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.

The Paine College Presidential Scholar explained her excitement on her achievement, “When this opportunity of traveling abroad was presented to me, I was very enthused and eager to apply. I am most looking forward to being submerged in a culture other than my own, and I hope to gain insight that will be beneficial to my research”.

Algae, specifically microalgae, represent an exceptionally diverse but highly specialized group of microorganisms adapted to various ecologist habitats.  Inside each algal cell is lipid which can be used to create biofuel.  Lipid production can fluctuate depending on the type of stress (environment), and level of stress the algae are under. Because the different environments influence the amount lipid biosynthesis, they directly affect the amount of fuel that can be made.

 In this study, lipid will be extracted and measured by mass, in order to determine its most suitable environmental state for copious production of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME).

Rutland states, “The results of this experiment will not only serve as a building block for related studies to come, but will help identify algae as the possible fuel of the future”.

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Photo caption: Jordon Rutland, recipient of the UNCF Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows January South Africa Institute.



Posted by lsuggs | 09/13/2013 04:35 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Department of Humanities at Paine College is requesting proposals for the annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance to be held on the campus of historic Paine College. The theme for 2013 is “Midwives and Mavericks: Architects, Artists, and Critics of the Renaissance.” The focus for presentations will center on the literature, history, philosophy, art, and music, as well as inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches to the lives, work, and impact of a variety of architects, artists, and critics of the Harlem Renaissance Era.

Possible areas of inquiry include but are not limited to:

  • • Local and regional literatures related to the Harlem Renaissance
  • • Local and regional histories related to the Harlem Renaissance
  • • The philosophies and/or work of midwives such as: Alain Locke, W.E.B. Du Bois, Jessie Fauset, and/or James Weldon Johnson, etc.
  • • Community organizing during the Harlem Renaissance Era
  • • Art, music, and/or drama and the Harlem Renaissance
  • • Marcus Garvey, Literary Garveyism, Garveyites, and the U.N.I.A. Editors
  • • Harlem Renaissance Era journals, newspapers, clubs, and/or salons
  • • Oral histories from the Harlem Renaissance Era
  • • Spirituality, religion, faith, and doubt during the Harlem Renaissance

Proposals/Abstracts are sought in three categories:

  • • Professors, independent scholars, community organizers, artists, and designers
  • • Graduate students
  • • Undergraduate students

Submission Requirements: Individual proposals/abstracts should be no more than 250 words and panel abstracts should be more than 750 words. A clear explanation of the significance of the presentation is requested. Indicate all participants, status (professor, independent scholar, artist, designer, and student) and tentative title/focus of the panel and/or individual presentation.

Proposals/Abstracts should be submitted no later than Friday, September 27, 2013. Submit electronically to cladams@ or Postal Mail:

Dr. Catherine L. Adams Chair, Department of Humanities

Paine College 1235 Fifteenth Street Augusta, GA 30901

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Photo caption: Paine College logo.

Paine College Student Organizations Come Together To Remember 9/11

Posted by lsuggs | 09/10/2013 12:26 PM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College Chapter of NAACP will partner with Senior Class of 2014 and Student Government Association to host a Candlelight Vigil to remember September 11, 2001.  The vigil is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 8:00am on the central lawn of campus in front of Haygood Holsey. Candles will be given to those in attendance. The Paine College Community and CSRA are welcomed to attend.

“We as student organizations should continue to remember those who we lost during this tragedy. We want to take time out to remember those families who don’t have their love ones with them today”, said Kara Shipp, President of the Paine College NAACP Chapter.

On September 11, 2001, militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.

“Student Government Association applauds the work that NAACP does and continues to do on campus. I am a proud member of the Paine College Chapter and I am always willing to support in any way I can.” said Jill A. Ballesteros, SGA President 2013-2014.

For more information about the September 11th Vigil, please contact the Paine College NAACP Chapter at (706) 312-4112.

Media are welcomed to attend. Please confirm attendance by contacting Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or

Photo caption l: NAACP logo.

Photo caption ll: Paine College logo.

Paine College Faculty Members Recipients of National $340,000 Federal Grant

Posted by lsuggs | 09/6/2013 10:24 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College is elated to announce Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis and Dr. Lawanda Cummings’ recent grant from the National Science Foundation for a project proposal entitled, “Understanding Barriers to STEM Education for African-American Women”. The grant, in the amount of $342,899, will be awarded over a three year period.

The current project is an extension of the professors’ multidisciplinary research focused on African-American women, cultural meaning and academic processes.  This project is the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between Dr. Lindsay-Dennis, Assistant Professor of Education and Dr. Cummings, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the College. Dr. Lindsay-Dennis serves as the principal investigator and Dr. Cummings serves as the co-principal investigator on this project. 

The project will investigate the underlying factors linked to the low participation of African-American women in the field of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  This project will contribute to the body of knowledge about direct and indirect influences on the ethnic minority women’s involvement in STEM career fields.

“We are excited about this collaborative research project focusing on the under-representation of African-American women on STEM career pathways.  It is our goal to help Paine College and similar institutions to create pipeline interventions to address the growing demands of the STEM workforce,” said Dr. Lindsay-Dennis.

Dr. Lindsay-Dennis has been with the College for 3.5 years and worked diligently on grants for programs similar to this new award.  Dr. Lindsay-Dennis received a $15,000 grant from The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) in 2011. This grant, Project P.U.S.H. (Propelling Underserved Students into Higher Education), funded a summer initiative to enhance the academic functioning for African-American girls who are at-risk for school failure through mentoring and exposure to curriculum to promote academic functioning. Prior to The Community Foundation for the CSRA grant, Dr. Lindsay-Dennis received her first grant at the College in the amount of $5,200 from the Faculty-Student Research Program just three years ago.  

Dr. Cummings, a relatively new faculty member, also received the Faculty-Student Research Program last year for $5,000 to conduct research focused on mentoring and academic support for incarcerated youth. Her work also includes STEM focused pipeline initiatives such as TREES (Training and Research Experiences in Environmental Sciences) and ESDC (Environmental Science Day Camp) at Paine College. Dr. Cummings was recently funded as a Co-PI by the Department of Energy for the WET-SEED (Workforce Enhancement and Training: Supplying Education and Energy Development) Initiative. Current funding includes a plan to continue both the middle and high school environmental science pipeline programs as part of a multi-focused research and education grant for 1.1 million dollars.

The Paine College Community congratulates its shining stars, Dr. Lindsay-Dennis and Dr. Cummings, on their latest achievement.

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Photo caption: Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, faculty member at Paine College, recent recipient of National Science Foundation grant.

Photo Caption: Dr. Lawanda Cummings, faculty member at Paine College, Co-PI for the recently funded National Science Foundation grant.



Lions Select Lucy Laney Stadium for Home Games

Posted by lsuggs | 09/5/2013 10:34 AM

By Kayla Thomas, Sports Information Director


AUGUSTA, Ga. - After a 51-year hiatus from football, Lions fans and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) will have the chance to witness Paine College football starting in October. The Paine College Athletics Department has announced that the team will play each of their four club games this season at nearby Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium.

“We are very thankful to the Richmond County Board of Education for working with Dr. Bradley and I to secure a home field for our young men to compete this season,” said athletics director Tim Duncan. “We are excited that our alumni, students and fans will truly be able to enjoy a first class facility like Laney Stadium and all that it has to offer.”

The 9,000-seat stadium opened in 2006 and is no stranger to competitive football as it serves as the home stadium for Lucy C. Laney High School and the Augusta City Classic. The Augusta City Classic annually hosts some of the most exciting - college football games in the area with teams like Morehouse, Savannah State, Benedict and Fort Valley State regularly taking the field for one of the nation’s many black college football classics. Laney Stadium also has a 70-locker home locker room, 60-locker visiting team locker room, two scoreboards, two ticket booths and press boxes for each team.

Coach Ruffin and his team have two games scheduled for October and two games scheduled for November. The games will follow an intensive month of training and preparation.

“There are four great games ahead of us this season,” stated head football coach Greg Ruffin. “These young men have been working hard and we are looking forward to bringing college football back to the area and once again hearing the Lions roar!”

The inaugural game of Paine’s new football era will be a battle of the Lions as the Paine College Lions face the Georgia Prep Academy Lions on Oct. 12. On Oct. 19, Paine will face the Atlanta Sports Academy Spartans. This game will be the culminating event of the College’s annual PaineFest as well as a Parents Weekend for the families of new and prospective students.

On Nov. 2, the Lions will take on the Gladiators from Orangeburg Tech. The 2013 season will close with a game against the Jireh Prep Warriors on Nov. 9. Kickoff times for each game have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 16.

Next season, Lions football will join the rest of Paine’s athletics teams as a proud member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and play a full schedule against conference opponents.

For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438.

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*All games will kick off at 2:00 PM and will be held at Lucy C. Laney Stadium.

Photo Caption: Paine College Department of Athletics logo.

Paine College Announces New Appointments In the Office of Student Affairs

Posted by lsuggs | 09/3/2013 05:06 AM

(Augusta, GA) – On Friday, August 30, 2013, Dr. George C. Bradley, president, shared with the Paine College Community and the CSRA new appointments to the Office of Students Affairs.  Reginald B. Beaty and Tony L. Owens now serve the College as the new Co-Deans of Student Affairs and will work to provide an environment that is conducive for academic and personal growth.

“To add to the experience that Dr. Elias Etinge, Vice President for Student Affairs brings to the campus community, we have recruited a veteran staff of education professionals to specifically engage students at Paine College for the purpose of strengthening their academic, social, and spiritual growth,” said Dr. Bradley.  “Mr. Beaty and Mr. Owens will also address the needs of a growing student population”.

Reginald B. Beaty is the President/Co-Founder Foundation for Educational Success (FFES) which is a “one-stop-shop” for program administrators and educators looking to permanently alter their school cultures and the relationships that drive them. Beaty earned his Bachelor’s at Stillman College and Master’s from Middle Tennessee State University.  The educator also is a twenty-year retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel.  Prior to his post at the College, Beaty served as the Executive Director of Performance Learning Centers® (PLCs) Communities In Schools of Georgia, the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. He led the team that designed and orchestrated the opening of 28 PLCs and the national expansion of the initiative throughout the country.

Tony L. Owens is the Director and Co-Founder of FFES.  Owens graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor’s degree. Prior to his position at Paine College, he served as the Principal of Communities In Schools, Atlanta, Georgia for Saint Luke Academy & Therrell Academy Alternative High Schools).  Owens led the team that developed and implemented Charting For Success curriculum for non-traditional schools to help students successfully transition from high school to post-secondary options.  Owens was previously the Program Director, NFL Youth Education Town, After-School Program and has a total of 18 years with Communities In Schools of Atlanta, Georgia developing and implementing programs which emphasize improving attitudes, self-esteem, setting goals, expanding comfort zones, and preparing student for re-entry into mainstream settings.

This is just a brief history of Beaty and Owens’ extensive experience working with youth and young adults in education.

The Paine College Community welcomes Mr. Reginald B. Beaty and Mr. Tony L. Owens to Augusta and the CSRA.

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Photo caption l: Mr. Reginald B. Beaty, one of two new Deans to serve the Paine College Office of Student Affairs.




Photo caption ll: Mr. Tony L. Owens, one of two new Deans to serve the Paine College Office of Student Affairs.





Paine College Professor Releases Book on Australian Aboriginal Literature and Culture

Posted by lsuggs | 08/23/2013 06:08 AM

 (Augusta, GA) -- Recently, Dr. Belinda Wheeler, assistant professor of English at Paine College released her first book, A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature. Wheeler has published several articles on Australian Aboriginal literature in edited collections prior to this book’s release.

A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature, states Wheeler, fills a large gap in Australian, Australian Aboriginal, multi-ethnic, and world literature studies: “Writing by Australian Aboriginals has been making a decisive impression in various genres including fiction, autobiography, biography, poetry, film, drama, and music, but until the book’s release there was no companion that contextualized the Aboriginal canon for scholars, researchers, students, and general readers.” “This international collection of eleven original essays discusses crucial aspects of Australian Aboriginal literature and traces the development of Aboriginal literacy from the oral tradition up until today making it an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Australian Aboriginal literature or culture,” said Wheeler.  

Last semester Wheeler taught a special topics course at Paine College, Australian Literature and Culture. “My students enjoyed all the material we covered in the class,” said Wheeler, “but they especially gravitated towards the Australian Aboriginal literature and culture material.” “Many connections exist between Australia’s Aboriginal literature and culture and America’s literature and culture, particularly African American and Native American communities,” said Wheeler, “and my students helped me recognize deeper connections than even I was originally aware.”

To Wheeler this book represents one of her primary goals as a college educator: “One of my primary interests as a teacher and a researcher is identifying key similarities and differences between various cultures and using that information to break down barriers and build bridges. A companion such as this allows all readers, regardless of their background, to learn more about one of the world oldest Indigenous cultures and begin building important bridges of understanding with their own culture. I am grateful to the companion’s international contributors, my publisher, and Paine College for their support as I worked on this important book.”

The book, published by Camden House, an imprint of Boydell & Brewer, has been released worldwide. “Interest in the book has been very strong,” said Wheeler. “The book has been released simultaneously in hardcover and e-book edition which means that anyone in the world can have instant access to the book. Some of the strongest markets for translated Aboriginal literature are in small markets, such as Slovenia, so this accessibility has been critical to the book’s success.”

The companion’s contributors include Katrin Althans, Maryrose Casey, Danica Cerce, Stuart Cooke, Paula Anca Farca, Michael R. Griffiths, Oliver Haag, Martina Horakova, Jennifer Jones, Andrew King, Jeanine Leane, and Theodore F. Sheckels. Nicholas Jose wrote the companion’s foreword, Peter Minter wrote a review of the book that appears on the book’s back cover, and young Indigenous artist, Chern’ee Sutton’s artwork adorns the book’s cover. (The book is listed on all sites worldwide. More information about the book can be found at:


About Dr. Belinda Wheeler: 
Originally from Queensland, Australia, Belinda Wheeler earned her B.A. in English from Purdue University in 2005, her M.A. in English from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2008, and her Ph.D. in English from Southern Illinois University in 2011. Wheeler's research interests include American literature (particularly modernism), multicultural literature (including Australian Aboriginal literature, African American literature, and Native American literature), and print culture and book history. Wheeler teaches a range of classes at Paine College. In addition to A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature, she has published chapters on Australian Aboriginal literature in edited collections. Outside of her Australian Aboriginal scholarship, Wheeler has published articles on American modernist poets Lola Ridge and Gwendolyn Bennett in PMLA: "Lola Ridge's Pivotal Role at Broom" (March 2012) and "Gwendolyn Bennett's 'The Ebony Flute'" (forthcoming). She is currently completing a book on African American poet, artist, editor, columnist, and educator Gwendolyn Bennett entitled, Gwendolyn Bennett: The Harlem Renaissance's Quintessential Poet, Artist, Editor, and Columnist (University Press of Mississippi) and she is the facilitator and coordinator for this year’s UNCF/Mellon Teaching and Learning Institute, “Expanding the Harlem Renaissance’s Relevance across the Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) Curriculum.”

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Photo Caption: Book cover to A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature, by Paine College faculty memeber, Dr. Belinda Wheeler.



Paine College Announces New Additions to Administration

Posted by lsuggs | 08/23/2013 06:02 AM

(Augusta, GA) – On Thursday, August 22, 2013, Dr. George C. Bradley announced new appointments to the administration in a media conference held on the campus.

“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Edward Patrick as our new Vice President of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs, and Dr. Samuel Sullivan as our Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.  Dr. Sullivan was appointed Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic affairs in March 2013.  Both are considered veterans in their respective fields and will make significant contributions in the College’s growth and development,” said Bradley.

Mr. Edward Patrick, a certified public accountant with over 20 years of experience in finance, comes from Clark Atlanta where he served as the University’s associate vice president and controller. In that role, Patrick was responsible for directing general accounting reporting and operations, grants and contracts accounting, general ledger systems, investments, bond issues, cash management, accounts payable, payroll, financial system security, and risk management operations.  He also oversaw the preparation of timely and accurate financial statements, management reports, and federal income tax reporting.  He managed the University’s annual audit process, and evaluated and implemented internal and cash management controls.

Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree in math and sociology from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in accountancy from DePaul University.  He began his professional career as a senior auditor with Arthur Andersen LLP in Chicago where his duties included process mapping to identify operational weaknesses, reviewing audit work papers, financial statements and schedules, as well as field training and planning.  He received a Sequoia Award for Excellence in Mentoring while there.

Patrick said Paine College’s core value “Excellence” will be at the center of his work.  “Integrity and fiscal responsibility are inherent in my role, but excellence is the core value I embrace,” said Patrick.  “Excellence is going to be the guiding light to move Paine College to being a premier liberal arts institution,” said Patrick.

Patrick has consulted for a myriad of clients, large and small, privately and publicly held, focusing on program audits and internal controls.  He served as a liaison for four OMB A-133 program audits, two State special purpose local option sales tax audits and a financial statement audit for the Atlanta Public Schools.  As a controller, he renegotiated bank interest rates that resulted in an annual cost reduction of $100,000.  He also performed a lease/buy analysis that resulted in short-term expense reduction of $175,000 and a four-year projected reduction of $750,000.  For GE Energy, he built narratives and process maps to complement audit programs used to test the effectiveness of key internal controls. 

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the College, was announced as Interim during the spring of 2013. He now serves the College in a permanent leadership role of the administration.  A 40-year veteran of higher education, he has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence, effective planning and assessment, and student success.

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Sullivan earned the B. S. degree in physics and mathematics from North Carolina Central University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics, from Howard University.

After finishing graduate school, Dr. Sullivan began his career as a member of the physics faculty at Federal City College in Washington, D.C.   In later years as a college administrator, Dr. Sullivan participated in the merger of Federal City College, Washington Technical Institute, and the District of Columbia Teachers College into the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).

At UDC, he held several senior administrative positions.  Among them were: Associate President for Academic Personnel Management, Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and University Ombudsman. In addition a record of outstanding teaching and service, his accomplishments included the establishment of a Division of Research, Training, and International Programs.  Dr. Sullivan also led university efforts to develop academic programs with agencies and institutions in other nations, including: Egypt, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, and Russia.

Dr. Sullivan is a member of Alpha Mu Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Psi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.  In addition, Dr. Sullivan volunteers as executive director of the Ike and Justine Washington Foundation.

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Photo caption l: Paine College Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Samuel Sullivan.



Photo caption ll: Paine College new Vice President of Fiscal Affairs, Ed Patrick.



Paine College Athletics Announces National Championship Coach for Track Program

Posted by lsuggs | 08/23/2013 05:58 AM

AUGUSTA, GA - Paine College has announced the hiring of Marquita Davis as the new Head Coach of Cross Country, in addition to Track and Field. The nine-time All-American earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Augustine’s University in 2006 and is a native of Memphis, Tennessee.

Prior to serving as an Assistant Cross Country and Track coach at St. Augustine’s, Davis gained experience as a high school coach in North Carolina. While attending St. Augustine’s, Davis was a decorated student-athlete breaking many school records while being a member of the College’s 2005 and 2007 NCAA Indoor Championship teams. As a 60m hurdler, Davis won back-to-back NCAA Division II indoor titles in 2006 and 2007. She finished a speedy 8.44 seconds both years, which was record time during these athletic events.

Davis is also no stranger to conference success. She won the CIAA 100m hurdles title each of her four years during her undergraduate career. Her successes helped the team collect four indoor CIAA Championships and another three outdoor Conference Championships.

Her previous experience presented her with the opportunity to work directly with student-athletes on and off of the track. Davis’ specialties are hurdles, sprints and middle distance. In addition to coaching, practice and weight training responsibilities, she has also overseen work-study students and assisted in student-athlete support.

She has also attended the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and has a certificate in NCAA Division II Rules Compliance. Davis looks forward to making an immediate impact on the Lions program working with student-athletes on their leadership and academic abilities along with their athletic skills. 

For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit or contact Lynda Jenkins at 706-821-8428.

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Photo caption: Marquita Davis, Paine College’s new Head Coach of Cross Country and Track & Field.