The Devoted Disciples Present: Who’s Got Talent?

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/17/2017 16:24 PM

Deonté Moses, founder of The Devoted Disciples, introduced a talent show to encourage students and the Augusta community to become more engaged with Paine College. Auditions for Who’s Got Talent? will be held for two days on the Paine College campus in Candler Memorial Library Banquet Hall on October 30th and October 31st, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Ten to twelve contestants will emerge as finalists. The actual talent show will take place in Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on November 10th at 8pm.

Doors will open at 7:30 pm. The winner will take home a $200.00 cash prize and bragging rights for being the first to win top prize for the inaugural Who’s Got Talent competition at Paine College.

The Devoted Disciples’ mission is to provide an atmosphere and environment for young adults that will allow them to fellowship while being introduced to the word of God through Bible study sessions, literature, lectures and activities. Although he faced many obstacles, Deonte’ pursued his dream of introducing God’s word to millennials in creative ways that continue to capture and hold their attention. His perseverance paid high dividends. Already, Devoted Disciples has become one of the most influential and productive organizations on the campus. The organization has more than 30 active members who are committed to doing God’s work in the community.

 Deonté is no stranger to student leadership. He is the past-President for the Student Government Association and served as Student Representative on the Paine College Board of Trustees. He served as team captain and point guard for the Paine College Lions basketball team. Deonté believes that servant leadership is a calling and is defined by action. He is leading the Devoted Disciples with the same tenacity and drive as he implemented prior leadership roles.

 “I believe that this talent show has the potential of becoming the largest event that has ever occurred on the campus of Paine College. But in order for this to become a reality, we need all people from all different backgrounds and ethnicities to come together and support this initiative,” said Deonté. “My vision is that this talent show will have a large degree of community-wide involvement. All persons who have been blessed with God-given talents are invited to participate. Unity is far better for our community than division.”

This event will mark the first anniversary of a talent show that will have the potential of bridging the College with the community, one that will be etched into the history of the Institution along with the ministry he has created.  If you are interested in supporting Who’s Got Talent, please contact Deonte’ Moses at (443)-546-8525, or via email:


Paine College Department of Humanities to Celebrate 20h Anniversary of Evelyn G. Etheridge Conference of the Harlem Renaissance

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/17/2017 12:31 PM

The Paine College Department of Humanities will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Evelyn G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance on November 1 - 3, 2017 at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. The Conference, founded in 1997 by Dr. Lola Richardson, former chair of the Department and Paine alumna, will examine the national and international impact of one of the most important artistic and cultural movements in history that spanned from 1919 to 1940 and produced notable writers, critics, and artists such as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Aaron Douglas, Ann Petry, Bessie Smith, and Duke Ellington.

This year’s theme, “After Harlem Was In Vogue: The Harlem Renaissance and Its Legacy”, invites professors, undergraduate and graduate students, and independent scholars to present research that will examine the origins and the legacy of the Renaissance through interdisciplinary collaborations.  Special keynote speakers include Dr. Anthony Sean Neal of Mississippi State University and Prof. Kamilah Aisha Moon of Agnes Scott, a nationally acclaimed poet and Paine alumna.   

For more information on the Conference, please contact Prof. Jeffrey Lanier Jones at 706.414-1883 or by email at You can also visit for more information and a detailed schedule of events.  


New president of Paine College: This Georgia HBCU must be saved

Posted by painewebmaster | 09/18/2017 09:44 AM

I am on a personal mission to ensure the long-term sustainability of Paine College with the help of everyone that I can find from the corporate, civic, and religious community that understands and values the legacy and tradition of a historic black college. Earlier this year after having retired from a fulfilling career in higher education and with plans to travel and enjoy my family, I came out of retirement to offer myself to lead this historic institution in Augusta, an institution that many skeptics had all but counted out for good. This fall we welcomed a new freshmen class, renewed interest from our city and county officials and witnessed a resurgence of hope. Paine College is emerging anew.

Paine College President Jerry L. Hardee

Like most Historic Black Colleges and Universities, Paine has a rich history embedded in the annals of self-help following slavery and emancipation. The college has a historic and unprecedented dual board relationship between the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church; a roster of distinguished alumni and unprecedented traditions. The Paine College pride is still exuberant. Most importantly, it has an excellent academic program and dedicated, committed faculty and staff focused on meeting the needs of its students. Having graduated from two HBCUs, my conscience would not allow me to rest knowing that another institution that has educated African-American youth for over a century was on the brink of closure due to a series of mishaps and events that caused the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to take action. This is the back story of the narrative but the real story is that this institution called Paine College is an absolute Georgia treasure and all who love and care for higher education would be encouraged to pay special attention to this gem of a school in the home of James Brown and the legendary Master’s Golf Tournament and the former Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University).

Why is Paine College necessary? Paine is the only HBCU located in the historic Central Savannah River Area, two-and-a-half hours from Atlanta, and before you cross the South Carolina borders. There are students who are primed for a Paine College experience in education from both the city and the rural areas of Georgia and South Carolina. Paine is that kind of institution that wants to fine tune academic scholars. We want students that have a thirst to achieve and we want to encourage and assist those who need that extra push.

Having attended Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University and Fisk University), I know firsthand the benefits and residuals that quality education and life skills that these institutions bring to so many deserving and sometimes underserved students. Some would argue that we have more than enough HBCUs and that Atlanta is saturated with them. I would say that there is still a need for Paine College in Augusta as well as the other HBCUs.
Like Paine College, most of these institutions were built on the blood, sweat, and tears of pioneering men and women. These institutions have educated hundreds of thousands of students over the last 150 years and have taught them to stand strong and gallant even in difficult circumstances. A HBCU experience is a special experience for those in attendance now and for those who preceded them! The camaraderie, the bond, the relationships, the friendships are unmatched.  They are necessary. Paine is necessary.

Sometimes good students are often penalized for the mistakes and bad judgment of the institutions where they matriculate. Students deserve better and the leadership of any school must be held responsible and accountable. Paine has addressed and corrected those issues cited and is working hard but cannot do it alone. This institution needs your support. Not only financially but sending us students as well. There are many ways you can help.  Here is an opportunity for the community to join in and help this 135-year-old institution fulfill the vision and the Paine Ideal, that every student can and will succeed.
Paine College is the alma mater of many great men and women and is worthy to be supported.  We need the universe to tilt its favor towards Paine and we need those who value education to assist us. Like our great supporter, the United Negro College Fund, says, “A mind is still a terrible thing to waste.”
We look forward to your support as Paine College emerges anew.

By Maureen Downey September 12, 2017

Jerry L. Hardee is president of Paine College, a HBCU in Augusta. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission voted last year to strip the school’s accreditation over financial issues. Paine sued. Under a consent order, the school retains its SACS accreditation during the litigation, but is on probation.

Hardee became president of the troubled campus in July. He was president of Sherman College of Chiropractic in South Carolina and served as assistant to the president of Valdosta State University and vice president for academic affairs at Albany State University in Georgia.
By Jerry L. Hardee

Paine College Students Volunteer for Cleanup and Restoration Work in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Posted by painewebmaster | 09/5/2017 13:08 PM

Paine College students will depart for Houston on Tuesday, September 5th to assist Hurricane Harvey victims with cleanup and restoration work projects. In short, 25 students will roll up their sleeves to remove debris from approximately 100 houses that were impacted by the storm. The convoy is expected to depart Paine College campus at 11:00 a.m. 

The Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Churches of Houston and Georgia combined their resources to sponsor the group of volunteers who will be on the ground in Houston for three days working with local agencies and residents to remove debris from houses.

 The CME Church sponsored buses will depart from Savannah filled with volunteers and supplies on Tuesday morning and proceed to Augusta to pick up Paine students. The buses will collect volunteers in Atlanta and Albany before heading to Houston.

 Deonte Moses, senior and founder of The Devoted Disciples, will be among the students who will travel to Houston. "There is no greater time in my life than now.  I feel compelled to stand up, help and assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey. As servants of God, we must show steadfast love to the people who were affected by this horrific disaster."

Upon learning about the storm's impact on Houstonians, Miss & Mr. Paine College Mikel Andrews and Terrence Rogers initiated the Hurricane Relief Effort for Houston. "The students here at Paine College started a drive to support our brothers and sisters in Houston." said Terrance Rogers, "Together, we can show the world that we will always come together to help each other in times of need. 

The campus family and community are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items, water, first aid kits, pampers, formula for infants, blankets, sweaters, socks, toiletries and feminine products. 

 "I am encouraging Paine students to see this as an opportunity to be a part of something greater than ourselves," said Mikel Andrews. "This mission trip will become a bridge for us to be of service to those who are in need."

 For more information on how you can assist the students' ongoing hurricane relief efforts, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 706.821.8314, or the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8323,

About Paine College

Paine College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to offer Baccalaureate Degrees.




Paine College, affiliated with The United Methodist Church and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, was founded in 1882 and is located in Augusta, Georgia.  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 spiritually-centered men and women for positions of leadership and service. 

A man of belief --- Paine’s new president brings an energy the school needs.

Posted by painewebmaster | 08/28/2017 07:37 AM

When an educator is called out of retirement six times – and he answers that call six time – it means two things...................  One: People like what he does. Two: He likes what he does. And that’s only part of what we like about Dr. Jerry L. Hardee. Paine College’s 16th and newest president led his first Fall Convocation at the Augusta school Wednesday, and delivered his administrative mission vividly.

“I don’t want to talk about what Paine used to be because all I need to do is make sure that Paine is better than it’s ever been,” Dr. Hardee told the assembly at Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel.

In 2016 the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges voted to remove from accreditation after two years on probation for failing to meet three financial standards.

SACS denied Paine’s appeal, but the school sued SACS in federal court. The two sides settled on an injunction that keeps the school accredited while the lawsuit is pending. Paine still is on probation.

The next SACS review is scheduled for spring 2018, and Dr. Hardee has laid out his goals plainly for what he hopes to accomplish by then.

He wants to make the campus safer. Under Hardee’s leadership, dorm rooms are going to be checked regularly for alcohol, drugs and weapons. Also, to combat the problem of non-students loitering on the campus, all students will be required to wear their IDs and have Paine parking decals affixed to their vehicles.

He wants to double enrollment at the very least. It’s about 400 now. Paine’s record enrollment is believed to be 917, the 1997 enrollment under President Shirley A.R. Lewis.

“I am going to get into every high school that I can get into and I already have a number of contacts,” Hardee told The Augusta Chronicle in April. “I am going to get into those high schools, talk to students and promise them that if they were to come to Paine, they are going to get a quality education and I am going to do what I can to keep them there in terms of support services.”

He wants to grow the school financially – and he expects everyone to pitch in. Faculty will be required to participate in fundraising activities and to pursue grant opportunities.Hardee believes Paine can compete. He believes Paine has much to offer its students and the community.

In other words, Hardee is precisely what Paine needs right now, and we hope Paine’s faculty, staff and especially its students join him in generating success.

Photo Credit: MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF Paine College President Jerry Hardee delivers the convocation address during Paine’s Fall Convocation at the Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel at Paine College on Wednesday.

Paine College President Jerry Hardee Hits the Ground Running - First 45 Days

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/16/2017 12:19 PM

Dr. Jerry L. Hardee did not waste any time becoming acquainted with Paine College Community and the Institution's operations. Since coming on board June 1st, Dr. Hardee has spent much of his time meeting with the Cabinet, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends while challenging them to embrace the vision of satisfying accreditation criteria, raising enrollment, retaining students and increasing fundraising capacities.

Not one to lead from behind the desk, he walks the campus early mornings and visits with staff to strike up conversations about ways to enhance living and learning experiences for Paine students. He believes in a hands-on approach and holds staff accountable.  

With less than two weeks on the job, Dr. Hardee kicked off his Summer Tour of visitations with stakeholders. While in Athens, he greeted parishioners of the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and shared his vision for moving Paine forward with alums during the meeting of the Augusta Chapter. In Atlanta, he met alumni and students during the annual Paine College Family Reunion hosted by the Gamma Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

His schedule revved up week of June 19th. He greeted the Georgia Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church Joint Annual Conference on the campus that garnered more than 1,200 youth, clergy, laity and parishioners during the four-day gathering. He served the Conference in dual roles, as a presenter and as the College's host. 

During the CME Conference, he jetted off to i-Heart Media headquarters to appear on the popular Fattz and Cher talk radio show. Responding like a pro to questions, he assured the community that he would work to preserve and sustain the 135-year old institution that has prepared thousands of alumni for the global stage. During the morning of June 29th, he greeted African American members of the Chamber of Commerce who pledged their support to Paine. Later in the afternoon, he addressed Mayor Hardie Davis and the Augusta Commissioners during their meeting where he laid out his vision for Paine and seized the opportunity to thank the City of Augusta for ongoing support of the College. 

During interviews with local Augusta media, President Hardee said, "I'm hopeful that local, state and government leaders will understand the importance of supporting Paine College and HBCUs to continue to educate students who want an education. It is our desire to form partnerships with businesses, corporations, organizations and industry leaders that will allow students to gain valuable experiences before they graduate. The goal is to prepare students to enter the workforce who will successfully satisfy the engagement terms for employment.

Religiously, Dr. Hardee solicits financial support for the Institution for he understands that fundraising goes with the territory. He is committed to reaching and exceeding the $15 million goal for the Comprehensive Campaign that is currently in the silent phase. Recently, the College launched its first official GoFundMe Campaign that is designed to build the Annual Scholarship and Annual Fund Campaigns. 

Early during his career, he served in fundraising and development and learned the value of a robust alumni relations program that engages graduates to support the Institution on multi-levels. "Alumni are the backbone supporters of this Institution," said Dr. Hardee who is committed to increasing the number of alumni chapters throughout the country. 

He greeted parents and incoming students during the College's early registration held in the HEAL Complex throughout the day on July 8th and later found time to visit with United Methodist Women of Georgia who stopped by the campus for a short stay in the afternoon.

"My vision goes beyond the challenges and directions that were set before me by the Board of Trustees," said Dr. Hardee. "As the leader of this fine institution, I must do everything within my authority to make sure that we are at the pinnacle in every spectrum. That includes increasing student enrollment to two-thousand and developing a wide range of offerings that will motivate students to reach beyond their dreams and aspirations."

Dr. Hardee does not allow any grass to grow under his feet and announced that he planned to visit 200 high school junior and senior classes and add additional recruiters to the Admissions staff.

From its inception, Paine College has opened its doors to blacks, whites, Hispanics and all ethnicities. Historically, Paine has given students equal access to a quality education. Founded on the principles of social justice and basic human rights for all persons, Paine prepares students to exit as gladiators who are prepared to compete in the global workforce.

While taking a glance down memory lane, President Hardee recounted the moment he arrived on the campus of Clark College with all his possessions in a card-board suitcase. With a small scholarship, he worked in the dining hall and mopped floors in the dormitories to off-set the cost of his tuition. 

"Larger institutions require you to bring something to get something but HBCUs oblige you to bring a desire to work and a thirst for education and in turn we will steer you on the path to success," said Dr. Hardee. Just like Paine College, HBCUs put students first.  

After touring the residential halls, Dr. Hardee announced that renovation and construction of dormitories would be placed at the top of the list of physical plant priorities. "I am asking students to bring a good attitude, the desire to learn, dreams and aspirations, and we will create an environment where they will have a chance to be successful. We don't ask for much but we will send them away with a lot."

Having served as the first African American President of an accredited Chiropractic College (Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic), President Hardee envisions a Pre-Chiropractic Program at Paine College once the Institution becomes stabilized. After retiring as President in 2007, he stayed on for two years as Chancellor at Sherman. He came out of retirement again to join Life University as Dean of Undergraduate Studies and retired as Special Assistant to the President in 2016.

With over 50 years of experience in the educational field and having served in leadership roles for Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) and Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), he is well-suited to address the challenges that are facing Paine College.

Coming out of retirement for the fifth time was decided during a conversation between President Hardee and his wife, Wyonnie. He asked his wife, "Who in this room is better to lead Paine College than I? Thus began another chapter in his life. 

He takes his presidential appointment at Paine College very seriously and prays daily that he will be successful in representing the people who made sacrifices to keep the Institution thriving. "Twenty-five years from now, I want people to say that Jerry Hardee left Paine College better than he found it." 

“For the Love of Catherine”

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/4/2017 16:25 PM

From sunrise to sunset, Catherine Vernita Mayfield Maness was a meticulous mother and matriarch. The beloved wife of Paine College alumnus Reverend Jetson Ronzell Maness transitioned from this life but left a legacy overflowing with servitude, scholastic achievements, and sincerity. She lived for the Lord, she lived for her family and she lived to be a blessing to others. Catherine gave her life to Christ at an early age and was a genuine missionary and lover of people. She valued education and was a staunch advocate for academic excellence. Among her last wishes, she wanted her son Paul to become a Paine College alumnus. Her wish was granted on May 7, 2017, when Paul Maness graduated as Salutatorian from Paine College.

Reverend Maness fondly remembers his beloved Catherine. “Catherine graduated from high school in the top 10 percent of her class and was voted best-dressed girl. She loved to dress and shop. She was always dressed to the nines.”

“Her outward appearance matched her inward loving and caring heart for all that had the privilege to encounter her bright light during her life. Catherine’s accolades and affiliations were indicative of an accomplished, academic and ambitious woman. The charitable professional Mrs. Maness flawlessly mirrored the compassionate personal Catherine. She was truly a class act that set the bar high for those to follow in her footsteps.”

In addition to her professional endeavors, Catherine loved to read which eventually led to her penning and becoming a published author of a book titled, “Church Etiquette,” that is currently available as a vital literary tool in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church Training Institutes. She utilized her God-given gifts as a First Lady, committed servant and community activist.  She embodied all the attributes and more for the “Catherine Mayfield Maness Scholarship” endowed in her honor.  Spirit-led, studious and stellar described the late Catherine. She would be proud to know that her significance in life will be lauded by the success of the fortunate scholarship recipients and future leaders that matriculate on the campus of Paine College.

On behalf of Reverend Maness and to pay homage for the Catherine we all adored and loved, we invite you to give a gift to the scholarship that bears her name. It is his vision that the fund reaches and surpasses the goal of $15,000.00. Your donation will help others to further their education and achieve the “Paine College experience.”  Paine will distribute the interest earned from the fully-endowed fund to a deserving student in 2018.  The principal amount will always remain intact.  

Catherine gave her time and talents to the CME Church, Paine College, numerous organizations, and to all who crossed her path.  Let’s make sure her legacy, life, and labor will forever be remembered through this scholarship.

 "It is for the love of Catherine Maness, and the love of Paine College that we invite you to support this scholarship," said Helene T. Carter, AVP of Institutional Advancement. You are encouraged to make your check payable to Paine College and note in the memo section: Catherine Maness Endowed Scholarship. Mail your gift to the Office of Institutional Advancement at Paine College, 1235 Fifteenth Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901. For more information, please contact Helene Carter at 706.821.8323 or via email:  

The Paine College Community Bids Farewell to President Samuel Sullivan

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/31/2017 10:51 AM

Today, the Paine College Community will bid farewell to President Samuel Sullivan and First Lady Lucinda Ross Sullivan, just three and a half weeks following the College’s Commencement Convocation. Dr. Sullivan came out of retirement to join the Paine College Administration in March 2013 as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Board of Trustees appointed him Interim President in October 2014 upon the departure of Dr. George C. Bradley. Later, the Board of Trustees named Dr. Sullivan fifteenth President of Paine College during the April 2016 meeting of the Board.

Faculty, staff and students gave their farewells to President and Mrs. Sullivan during several receptions held throughout the month. The students held an ice cream social in Peters Campus Center, while faculty and staff documented the Sullivans’ contributions and journey in a video presentation that was presented during an afternoon reception in Candler Memorial Library Banquet Hall. Members of the President’s Cabinet presented the official portrait of President Sullivan that will be installed in Collins-Callaway Library in the company of past-presidents. During the Alumni Reunion Awards Banquet, the Paine College Augusta Alumni Chapter presented a plaque to Dr. Sullivan for outstanding service to the College. Throughout the year, civic organizations honored Dr. Sullivan for his dedication to the College.

President Sullivan took the helm of the Institution during turbulent times.Under his leadership, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) lifted seven of the ten areas of non-compliance that faced the Institution. Alumni giving increased with the highest number of alums having donated $1,000 or more. During his tenure, the Office of Institutional Advancement tracked giving from all sources that reached over $9,850,000.00. In addition, the Paine College Board of Trustees embarked upon a Comprehensive Campaign that will address the College’s endowment, physical plant, academic programs, campus renovations and unrestricted funds. The Campaign is expected to yield over $15 million.

During Dr. Sullivan’s tenure, the College experienced a significant increase in ecumenical and faith-based support. The Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church made an historical gift in the amount of $1million to the Institution’s endowment and donated over $1.5 million during his tenure. The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church donated over $800,000.00 to the College during this period.

On the heels of Dr. Sullivan’s departure, the GBHEM awarded a Capital Funds grant in the amount of $300,000.00 that will be utilized to underwrite renovations for the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel and refurbish two residential facilities: Hollis and Gray Halls. Local churches held rallies and fundraising campaigns that benefited the College’s Annual Fund. As a result, the Walk of Faith Campaign was born.

With great pride, the Paine College Upward Bound Program was elected to receive $2.29 million over a five-year period. The initial disbursement will be in the amount of $458,304.00 for the first budget period (June 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018).

Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, chairman of the Paine College Board of Trustees, said, “On behalf of members of the governing body, we are indebted to Drs. Samuel and Lucinda Sullivan for their committed service and we wish them well as they embark upon their new life’s journey. Dr. Sullivan steered the College during turbulent waters and kept the Institution afloat. Her doors remain open for all who want to enter and learn.”

Of particular note, Dr. Sullivan will remain available throughout the transition of the incoming president, Dr. Jerry L. Hardee.

For more information about ways to extend heartfelt sentiments of gratitude to the Sullivans, please contact Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8323, or via email:

By Helene T. Carter

Paine College Board of Trustees Selects Presidential Finalist – Dr. Jerry L. Hardee

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/22/2017 16:44 PM

The Paine College Board of Trustees unanimously selected Dr. Jerry L. Hardee as the finalist to become the next president of Paine.

 Dr. Hardee, retired college president and educator, was one of two finalists under consideration. At the conclusion of contract negotiations with Dr. Hardee, the Board will present the new president to the College family and community. The other finalist was Dr. Brandon K. Dumas, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 “The Search Committee submitted an impressive cadre of candidates,” commented Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chairman of the Board. “We held four panel interviews with two finalists that included students, faculty, staff, administrative cabinet, alumni and community members. The feedback received from the panelists was extremely helpful. We strived to conduct a transparent search and are profoundly grateful to members of the Search Committee, panelists, and to all who participated in this process.”

 Attorney Michael Thurmond, Chair of the Search Committee, said, “Dr. Hardee has an excellent track record of accomplishments and is looked upon as a veteran  in higher education who comes with a wealth of experience in executive leadership, management, fundraising and development, and enrollment. Dr. Hardee “fits” the Institution and has the necessary administrative and academic leadership skills to lead Paine College.”

 For updates and to learn more about Dr. Hardee’s background, please visit the Paine College Presidential Search web page at, or contact Helene Carter in the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.821.8323,

Paine College Trustees Announce Finalists for Presidential Search

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/18/2017 04:43 AM

For Immediate Release – April 18, 2017 - Today, the Paine College Presidential Search Committee announced the finalists for President of the College. The successful candidate will succeed President Samuel Sullivan and commence duties in July 2017.  

“We are pleased to report that two outstanding finalists were selected”, said Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chairman of the Board. All of the finalists have excellent credentials and possess the skills and experience that are necessary to build upon the Institution’s foundation and address the challenges that are facing Paine College.”  

“We are deeply grateful for the service of Dr. Samuel Sullivan who was appointed Interim President in October 2014,” said Attorney Michael Thurmond, Chair of the Search Committee. In May 2016, the Board named Dr. Sullivan President for a period of one year and announced plans to conduct a national search for president. Dr. Sullivan’s contract will expire on June 30, 2017.  

The Search Committee selected the following finalists:  

Dr. Brandon K. Dumas of Prairieville, Louisiana, earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University in 2011 and the Master of Business Administration degree in 2009 from Salem University. Dr. Dumas earned the Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice and the Associate of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Southern University and A&M College in 2008. He received the Certificate “Passing the Executive Torch – The Road to the Presidency” in 2014 from Hampton University Executive Leadership Summit. Dr. Dumas has served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana since July 2014.  

Dr. Jerry L. Hardee, of Valdosta, Georgia, earned the Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Administration, Statistics and Research Emphasis from Northern Illinois University in 1975. He received a Certification for Superintendent Endorsement. In 1974, he received a Certificate for Advanced Study in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. He earned the Master of Arts degree in Science Education from Fisk University in 1964 and the Bachelors of Science degree from Clark College, in 1960. Dr. Hardee is retired.    

The College will host forums that will allow faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community to learn more about the Candidates’ vision, skills and experience.   For more information and updates, please visit and browse Presidential Search. Also, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.821.8323, or via email: