Posted by painewebmaster | 05/11/2016 04:14 AM

Story by Helene T. Carter

Deuteronomy 16:17  Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which he has given you.

Augusta, GA….Reverend George L. Brightharp believes that every man or woman should give as he/she is able, according to how God has blessed them to give. He also believes in “walking the walk” and leading by example. In March 2016, Reverend Brightharp made a $50,000 gift to Paine College in support of the Institution’s Build it Back Campaign that is designed to meet the critical and immediate needs of the College. Launched in November 2015, the Build it Back Campaign has reached over $539,000 (as of May 11, 2016). Since 2010, Reverend Brightharp has given $112,058. Although he is not a Paine College alumnus, Reverend Brightharp presented a check in the amount of $27,000 during the Paine College Alumni Reunion Banquet held Saturday, May 7th on the campus.

Reverend Brightharp said proudly, “I have been in the trenches with Paine College since 1970. As a professor, I taught at Paine for fifteen years. During my tenure, I developed an appreciation for small, black liberal arts institutions. Paine has held a special place in my heart for 46 years.”

In 2014, Reverend Brightharp supported the Friends of Quincy Robertson for Paine College Campaign with a gift of $10,000. In 2010, with a gift of $15,000, he established the Reverend George W. and Mrs. Rosa Brightharp Endowed Scholarship in memory of his parents. The scholarship is awarded annually to a rising sophomore, junior or senior majoring in History.

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President of Paine College, said, “This year marks forty-six years of continued support from a philanthropist who has given generously of his finances, time and goodwill. Reverend Brightharp, a dedicated ambassador, engages others to support the College. He is a bridge-builder who is passionate about letting others know the value that Paine College adds to the community.”

President Sullivan further commented, “We also appreciate the support that our faculty, staff, alumni, friends and trustees continue to provide to Paine during these challenging financial times.”

In January 2016, Rev. Brightharp celebrated 36 years as the senior pastor of Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Edgefield, South Carolina. In 2004, Mount Canaan was designated as an Outstanding Historical Site by the South Carolina State Department of Archives and History. Rev. Brightharp led the Mount Canaan congregation to build a spacious Youth Center that is equipped with a computer lab, game room, a full-size gymnasium and other amenities that are available to the public.

Sporting a wide smile, he said, “With a group of faithful members and the infusion of my personal funds, we were able to pay off the $1.2 million mortgage on the Youth Center in two years.”

For over 30 years, the successful entrepreneur and businessman operated George L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, a family-owned business that serves the Georgia and South Carolina communities.

“As a minister, I challenge every member of the clergy to support Paine College,” said Reverend Brightharp. “As a businessman operating in the CSRA, I challenge all businesses to step up and support Paine College. As a former educator, I challenge all retired and employed educators to help Paine College through this financial crisis. It is our responsibility to share our resources with an Institution that has given so much to the community.”

To make a gift to the Build it Back Campaign, contact Ms. Sunya L. Young in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233 or send an email to Syoung@paine.edu.

About Paine College

Paine College is a faith-based private college providing a high-quality education that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development in order to prepare young men and women for positions of leadership and service. Paine College is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. To learn more about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu.




(Right) Reverend Dr. George L. Brightharp presents $50,000 check to Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President of Paine College, in support of the Build it Back Campaign for Paine. Since 2010, Reverend Brightharp has given over $112,000 to Paine.

Senior Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III of The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will Deliver the Commencement Address at Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/7/2016 07:43 AM

By Helene T. Carter

Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III, presiding bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District of The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will deliver the Commencement address during the 134th Commencement Convocation at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, May 8, on the campus in the Health Education Activities Learning Complex.  During the ceremony, President Samuel Sullivan will confer degrees upon the 2016 graduating class.  The service is open to the public.

About the Speaker

Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III, the 51st bishop elected in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, has been presiding bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District since July 2014. Upon election as bishop in 1998, he was assigned as bishop of the Tenth Episcopal District (including the work in Jamaica, Haiti, Liberia, Ghana, and Nigeria). He was assigned in 2002 and 2006 as bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District (which includes the denomination’s work in Alabama and Florida). In 2010, he was assigned to the First Episcopal District (comprising Arkansas, Tennessee, and Jamaica).

The 2014 General Conference assigned him to the Eighth Episcopal District (comprising the Regions in Texas and Jamaica). Born June 20, 1952, in Huntsville, Alabama, he is a son of the parsonage. His parents were Rev. and Mrs. L. L. Reddick, Jr. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University of Delaware, Ohio (Bachelor of Arts degree) and Duke Divinity School of Durham, North Carolina (Master of Divinity degree). He was conferred honorary doctoral degrees from the United Theological Seminary and Bible College of Monroe, Louisiana, and Texas College, Tyler, Texas. He was licensed to preach by the Reverend R. E. Brooks in 1966, ordained deacon in 1968 and elder in 1969 by Bishop E. P. Murchison, and admitted into full connection in 1972 by Bishop C. A. Kirkendoll.

After pastoral work in Alabama, Ohio, North Carolina, and Missouri, he was elected editor of THE CHRISTIAN INDEX, the Official Publication of the CME Church, in 1982. He was subsequently re-elected editor by the General Conferences of 1986, 1990, and 1994. During his work as editor, he was also pastor in Alabama and pastor and presiding elder in Mississippi. As presiding bishop of the work in the Tenth Episcopal District, he expanded the work in West Africa from six to seven Annual Conferences, and added several districts.

 During his tenure as presiding bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District, he was also chair of the Board of Trustees of Miles College, and served as chair during the demise of President Albert J. H. Sloan II and the election of President George T. French, Jr. During that stint, he was a founding member of the Alabama Faith Council, an interfaith gathering, with other Alabama judicatory leaders. In his four years as presiding bishop of the First Episcopal District, he was chair of the Board of Trustees of Lane College during the passing of President Wesley Cornelious McClure and the subsequent election of President Logan Hampton. He also led the CME Headquarters into self-management by professional CMEs and oversaw the Boards of Directors of six HUD-related housing properties inaugurated by Bishops B. Julian Smith, J. Madison Exum, and William H. Graves. One of his consistent goals has been to visit every congregation within the episcopal district he serves every four years. An avid traveler, he maintains relationships across the seas with CMEs in West Africa (through their episcopal leaders); and he has maintained relationships with the people of Haiti through their episcopal leaders.  As a member of the Board of Directors of Bread for the World, he has lobbied Congress in the interests of ridding the world of hunger.

He is married to Mrs. Wynde Jones Reddick, is the father of five children (Jon, Janice, Iris, Rose, and Samuel), and is the grandfather of three (Sean, Nylah, and Lailah).



Paine College to Hold Baccalaureate Convocation Celebrating 2016 Graduating Class

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/7/2016 06:01 AM

Paine College to Hold Baccalaureate Convocation Celebrating 2016 Graduating Class

By Helene T. Carter

Paine College will celebrate the Class of 2016 during its Commencement weekend of events.  The Baccalaureate Convocation will take place on Saturday, May 7th at 3:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. will deliver the keynote address. 

The Baccalaureate service, planned by the Office of Religious Life, serves as an opportunity for the graduating seniors to reflect on their lives and accomplishments from a faith perspective. The service is open to the public.


About the Speaker

Born to Hardie and Delois Davis, Hardie grew up in Forsyth, Georgia and relocated to Augusta in 1985. His parents instilled within him the values of hard work, respect for his fellow man and service to others.

Hardie holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from Georgia Tech and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Christian Life School of Theology in Columbus. In college, he began teaching bible study which prepared him to be founder and senior pastor of Abundant Life in Augusta, Georgia. Hardie’s career includes 18 years of systems, automation and controls engineering. His public service spans 3 years as state Representative, 5 years as state Senator, and he is currently serving the second year of his first term as Mayor of Augusta.

A distinguished lawmaker while in the state legislature, Hardie served as Chairman of the Interstate Cooperation Committee and active member of the Economic Development, Ethics, Finance, and Higher Education Senate Committees. He has been recognized by numerous organizations and constituent groups, including Georgia Bio, The Georgia Chamber and the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education.

During the first year of his tenure as mayor, Hardie has engaged Augusta as a My Brother’s Keeper Community and launched the first Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment program, which placed 70 youth in paid summer jobs and workplace skills training programs. He also recruited volunteers and partnered with the Richmond County School System to begin the Power Lunch Reading Mentor Initiative. He has also re-established a college credit based Mayor’s Fellows Program. Hardie began a Mayor’s Office Hours program to take City Hall to Augustans in informal settings at small businesses within each Commission district. Hardie is committed to working with small business owners and hosted SBA officials for a small business round-table to bring Augusta businesses technical assistance and resources for their operations. He also hosted the First Annual City of Augusta Easter Egg Drop.

While a senior in high school, he met Evett Plather of Valdosta. Married 20 years, Hardie and Evett are the proud parents of Benjamin Joshua Davis.

The public is also invited to the Commencement Convocation that will occur Sunday, May 8th at 9:00 a.m. in the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.  Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick, III, Presiding Bishop for the Eighth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, will deliver the keynote address to the graduating seniors. 


For more information about the Commencement weekend of events, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or visit www.paine.edu.  

Paine College Trustees Elect New Leadership Team

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/2/2016 06:37 AM

During its spring meeting, April 22-23, 2016, the Paine College Board of Trustees, the governing authority of the College, acknowledged and accepted "ultimate responsibility" for correcting the fiscal and managerial shortcomings that have plagued the College during the last three years.  The Board unanimously adopted a strategy aligned with the "Vision 2020: Return of the Pride” plan that included changes in board and college leadership, restructuring the board membership and the implementation of a participatory governance structure that will foster a culture of accountability and transparency. 

Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight was elected Chair of the Board and Attorney Michael Thurmond was elected Chair-elect.  Chair Bouknight stated, "Our top priority will be to continue the stabilization of the administrative and fiscal management of Paine College and the resolution of all remaining issues with our accrediting agency." 

The Board unanimously adopted a resolution naming Dr. Samuel Sullivan as President of Paine College for a one-year term. The College has been under the "interim" leadership of Dr. Sullivan since October 2014.  The resolution also called for the selection of a search committee which will be comprised of representatives from college alumni, faculty, students, church denominational leadership, business and community. Representatives will also include at least one Board member. The search committee will make recommendations to the Board but the Board will be the decision-maker. The search committee will be selected prior June 1, 2016.

Chair Bouknight added," On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I offer our deepest appreciation to Dr. Sullivan for leading the College through these challenging times. He is a wise and thoughtful leader who has become a beacon of hope and inspiration during the most difficult period in the history of our College." 

Under President Sullivan's eighteen-month 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.  Dr. Sullivan stated, "While the College remains on probation, it is fully accredited by its regional accrediting body."

"My primary objective is to move the College toward unqualified accreditation. The Augusta/ CSRA community and the State of Georgia rely upon this Institution to provide an accessible and quality education for students.  The Board of Trustees, members of the administration, alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students are working together to achieve this important objective," said Dr. Sullivan. 


For more information about Paine College, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email: Tjwilliams@paine.edu

Paine College Announces SACSCOC Visiting Team's Preliminary Report --- "College Shows Signs of Improvement"

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/31/2016 17:29 PM

AUGUSTA, GA, MARCH 31, 2016 -- Today, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College, addressed faculty, staff, and students in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel regarding the College's on-site visit from its accrediting body.  Dr. Sullivan reported that the visiting team representing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) lifted one of four remaining standards leaving a total of three.

In 2015, SACSCOC requested that the College demonstrate compliance with the Principles of Accreditation in four areas: financial resources, financial stability, control of finances, and control of sponsored research/external funds. 
During the three-day visit (March 29-31, 2016), the SACSCOC Special Committee interviewed the College's administrators, faculty, and staff.  During the exit interview, the SACSCOC representatives presented three recommendations that needed to be further addressed.
"We are pleased that the College has met the Comprehensive Standard that pertains to control of finances," said Dr. Sullivan. 
The oral report given by the Special Committee during the exit conference is not final.  Paine College will have an opportunity to review a draft of the SACSCOC report in approximately one week.  During the review of the draft report, the College will have an opportunity to respond to what it considers to be errors of fact.  Following the College's response, SACSCOC will take the reports from the Institution and the Special Committee under consideration.  The SACSCOC Board will make its final decision in June 2016. 
Dr. Sullivan applauded the efforts made by the special in-house committee and expressed his appreciation to the entire Paine College Community and members of the Board of Trustees.
"We are grateful to Paine College alumni and the community for supporting the College during these challenging times," commented Dr. Sullivan.  "There is still much work to be done and therefore, it is imperative that alumni and friends continue to render financial support to the College to meet its critical and immediate needs." 
For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or Tjwilliams@paine.edu.

Paine Qualifies to Compete at Honda Campus All-Star Nationals in California Students will Compete for $50,000 Top Cash Prize April 2-6, 2016

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/30/2016 10:53 AM

Alumni & Friends are Invited to Attend Send-Off Celebration Thursday, 11:30 am in Peters Campus Center

By Helene T. Carter

Augusta, Ga… March 30, 2016 – An elite group of Paine College students have qualified to compete at the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament to be held April 2-6, 2016 in Torrance, California.  Now in its 27th season, HCASC is a unique academic competition that showcases the academic prowess of the best and brightest students from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  Paine students completed a hard-fought journey that began during the fall 2015 semester and emerged as one of 48 teams who will compete for the top prize of $50,000.00.  The cash prizes are distributed to the HBCUs and not to the players and coach. 

Paine alumni in the Los Angeles area are encouraged to cheer on the Paine team during the round robin games on Sunday, April 3rd.  Paine alumni in Augusta and surrounding areas are encouraged to give a rousing send-off to the team that will be held Thursday, March 31st, 11:30 am, in the Peters Campus Dining Hall.  

Keith Brown, manager of the Lion’s Apparel and Internet Café, urges alumni to stop by and purchase Paine paraphernalia for the team.  “We want the pride of the Lion team to stand out amongst the participating schools,” said Brown. 

Of particular note, the Honda organization picked up the travel-related costs for four team members, however, the College must pay the costs for an alternate student, faculty and advisor.  

“I am really proud of this year's Paine College HCASC team,” said Dr. Catherine Adams, Coach.  “We have strong leadership from James Armstrong, a veteran HCASC player; Donnell Harris, a returning player who likes to read plays as a way to acquire historical and cultural knowledge; and our newest players Sonia Brooks and Uzetta Gresham, who rose to the challenge of regional tournament play and prepared for the national tournament.”  “The students are to be commended for their commitment to teamwork, knowledge and skill acquisition.” 

To learn how you can lend support to the Paine College Honda All-Stars, please contact Helene Carter at 706.821.8323, Hcarter@paine.edu, or Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications and Marketing at Tjwilliams@paine.edu, 706.396.7591.  


Paine College Media Studies Department to host Multi-Media Conference

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/9/2016 06:49 AM

The Paine College Media Studies Department will host its first multi-media conference called PANORAMIC on Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Candler Memorial Library from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

The forum is titled“The Excellence of Ethnic Inclusion”. The goal is to help provide a unique perspective for students and provide them with first-hand commentary from distinguished writers, producers, photographers, actors, directors, and other broadcasting specialists.  PANORAMIC will feature workshops with guest panelists to help students learn more.

This conference is designed to complement Augusta’s budding interest in the film industry, and welcomes thought provoking commentary to discuss issues relevant to today’s multi-media industry. 

“When I was getting my MFA at Howard University, I was always influenced by our media day guests," said PANORAMIC'S creator and Media Studies Department Chair Teri Burnette, "It inspired me as a young film maker, and I wanted to give that same experience to our students here at Paine.”   

Burnett and fellow professors John Harris, and Nicole Watson are award-winning producers, directors, and media professionals with several network television, stage, and film productions to their credit.  

Under their guidance, students in the Paine College Media Studies Department have produced independent properties including Digital Dialogue, PC News Update, and several stage productions by the school’s theater group, Paine House Players.  

Paine College Announces its Return to the Home Depot Retool Your School Grant Program Competition Award will Benefit the College’s Residential Halls

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/4/2016 04:54 AM

By Helene T. Carter

The Home Depot Retool Your School Grant competition has officially commenced with over half of the nation’s HBCUs vying for the top prize of $50,000 for campus beautification projects.  Paine College qualified to enter the competition upon submitting its application for three beautification improvement projects on February 22, 2016.  “The competition is stiff this year but we are in it to win it,” said Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President.  “The College has an opportunity to win from $20,000 to $50,000 to underwrite improvement projects in three residence halls,” commented Dr. Sullivan. “I am appealing to the entire Paine College community to vote daily to ensure that the College emerges as a winner.” 

The total winnings for the Retool Your School program have increased to $300,000 in grants for nine accredited HBCUs. The schools will be categorized in one of three clusters based on student population. Each cluster will have three winners vying for one $50,000, one $30,000 and one $20,000 grant. The breakdown will be as follows: Cluster 1 will be based on schools with student enrollment of 4,000 or more and Cluster 2 will be based on schools with student enrollment of 3,999–1,251 students.  Paine College falls within Cluster 3 with a student enrollment of 1,250 or less.

The Home Depot’s Retool Your School Program was established in 2010 to provide support for campus improvement projects to the nation’s HBCUs.  Since the program’s inception, over one million dollars in grant money has been awarded. 

This year, for the first time, the non-winning qualified schools who submit their applications and receive a minimum of 100 votes, will receive a $1,000 Home Depot gift card. 

“Excitement builds each year for The Home Depot Retool Your School program,” says Melissa Brown, Multicultural Marketing Manager. “Each year, we continue to find ways to make it exciting for HBCUs to participate. Last year, we launched a new grant structure that allowed more HBCUs to participate and to feel comfortable competing among their fellow HBCUs within their student population range.” 

During the online voting period, Paine College supporters can cast their vote everyday for Paine’s project. Following the online vote, a panel of distinguished judges will also evaluate Paine’s proposal within the qualifying brackets. Judges will consider the depth of Paine’s proposal and the College’s ability to execute the project within the specified budgets. Proposals for all three grants ($50K, $30K, $20K) must highlight how each project will make a lasting, positive impact on Paine’s campus. 

Geno Clark, Director of Sponsored Programs, steered the application process and submitted projects on behalf of Paine College for each of the award levels as follows:

Tier III award ($20,000) will be utilized to replace and/or upgrade window panes and window treatments in three residence halls: Epworth Hall, Gray Hall and Barry Gomillion Hall.

The project, if implemented, will beautify the campus image by providing a much-needed facelift to residence halls while also allowing for added privacy in dorm rooms.

Tier II prize ($30,000), if awarded, will underwrite external painting and gutter repair/replacement on the same residence halls. The repainted trim work will give the buildings an uplift while the improved gutter system will create a more stable and comfortable living environment for our students. 

Tier I Project ($50,000), if awarded, will include major repairs of the communal bathrooms in resident halls including retiling of showers, repairing drains and replacing hardware.

The Home Depot’s Retool Your School Program was established in 2010 to provide support for campus improvement projects to the nation’s HBCUs.  Since the program’s inception, over one million dollars in grant money has been awarded.

During the online voting period, Paine College supporters can cast their vote everyday for Paine’s project. Following the online vote, a panel of distinguished judges will also evaluate Paine’s proposal within the qualifying brackets. Judges will consider the depth of Paine’s proposal and the College’s ability to execute the project within the specified budgets. Proposals for all three grants ($50K, $30K, $20K) must highlight how each project will make a lasting, positive impact on Paine’s campus.

Online voting began February 26th and will end April 24th.  We encourage faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to vote daily at www.retoolyourschool.com.  The winners will be announced on May 18, 2016.

For more information about ways to cast your vote, please contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591, marketing@paine.edu


Annual Father-Daughter Gala Benefits Paine College's Build It Back Campaign and Local Charities

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/19/2016 06:59 AM

By Helene Carter

Each year, proceeds from the Father-Daughter Gala are donated to local non-profit organizations to support their mission and, in many cases, to provide scholarships for deserving students at local colleges and universities.  Paine College was among several organizations that received a donation.

"No gift is too small or too large," said Dr. Samuel Sullivan who received a check from local business owner Robert O’Neal in the amount of $1,000.  "This show of support demonstrates that Paine College is a sound investment and remains at the heart of the community,” said Dr. Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College.

The College launched the Build it Back Campaign in November 2015 to meet immediate and critical needs of the Institution.  During the 2016 Founders’ Day and Homecoming celebration, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement Sunya L. Young announced that the Campaign had reached over $460,246 and is ongoing. 

Mr. O’Neal is President and CEO of The O’Neal Group, Inc. and agency owner of Bob O’Neal Insurance Agency, Allstate Insurance Company.  Mr. O’Neal, the brainchild behind the Father-Daughter Gala, said his daughter introduced him to a similar event in 2007.   He was so impressed with the experience and the time shared with his daughter that he was led to create the Father-Daughter Gala and Dance that is traditionally held on Fathers’ Day at Legends Club in Augusta.  “Although Allstate Insurance Agency is the official host of the Father-Daughter Gala, there are many people in the background who work diligently to make the event a success,” he said.  “Under the auspices of OuiCare International, Inc., we provide financial resources to support the mission of local charities while helping to strengthen the bonds of the family that lend to stronger communities.”

“This event has, in many ways, become a ministry for me,” commented Mr. O’Neal.  “In its ninth year, the event has touched many lives and helped to improve relationships between fathers and their daughters.”  There are no age limits, religious or ethnic boundaries.  I’ve witnessed grandfathers and granddaughters take to the floor awkwardly and emerge with pure confidence and joy.  Improving relationships between fathers and daughters is at the heart of what we do and that is what makes our work special.”

 “We are grateful to Robert O’Neal and appreciative of the Augusta community, alumni and friends who continue to support the College.  “Paine, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), is on Probation and will have to demonstrate to the SACSCOC Review Team that it is fiscally stable during its spring 2016 review.  I am appealing to the College’s constituents to give generously.

For more information on ways to support Paine College, please contact Vice President Sunya Young at 706.821.8233 or via email: Syoung@paine.edu

Photo Caption:

L-R: Robert O’Neal, Agency Owner of Bob O’Neal Insurance Agency, Allstate Insurance Company and Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College.

Paine College Alumnus, Bishop Marshall Gilmore, ’57, will Deliver Founders’ Day Address

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/11/2016 11:04 AM

Bishop Marshall Gilmore will deliver the Founders’ Day Convocation address at Paine College on Friday, February 12, 2016 in Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  The event, in observance of the 134th founding of the College, will commence at 10:30 a.m.   In keeping with tradition, the procession of the Administration, faculty, staff, program participants and graduating seniors will commence from Haygood Holsey Administration Hall and end at the Chapel. The Founders’ Day Convocation, traditionally held during the College’s Homecoming weekend, is open to the public.  For more information about the Homecoming celebration of activities, please visit www.paine.edu

About Bishop Marshall Gilmore

Bishop Marshall Gilmore grew up in the Pleasant Hill C.M.E. Church in Hoffman, North Carolina. There he was baptized. He attended the public schools in Hoffman and later graduated from the West Southern Pines High School, North Carolina in 1949.  He enrolled in Paine College, Augusta, Georgia, in the fall of 1954.  By attending summer schools at Paine College and Allen University and Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina, he graduated from Paine with a BA degree in 1957.

While serving in the United States Air Force from 1950-1954, he was licensed first as an Exhorter in September 1953, and second, a Local Preacher on January 2, 1954.

While at Paine College, he was admitted on trail in the North Carolina Annual Conference and ordained Deacon in 1955 at St. Joseph C.M.E. Chapel Hill, North Carolina by Bishop Willam Yancey Bell.  His ordination  was in anticipation of  being assigned a pastoral charge, which came to pass when Bishop Arthur W. Womack assigned him to Hudson Memorial C.M.E. Church, Augusta, Georgia 1955.

In the North Carolina Annual Conference of 1956 meeting at Haines Institutional C.M.E. Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Bishop Bell ordained him Elder.

Bishop Gilmore entered the Theological School of Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, in 1957, and graduated with the Master of Divinity degree  in 1960.  He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the United  Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, in 1974.  Several honorary degrees have been awarded to him.  Doctor of Divinity degrees were awarded by Texas College and the Interdenominational Theological Center.  Paine College awarded him the degree of Doctor of Laws and Letters, Lane College, the Doctor of Humane Letters, and Miles College the degree of Laws and Letters.

Upon being elected first in the largest class of bishops (5) ever elected, he went on to serve as pastor for Philips Temple C.M.E. Church, Dayton, Ohio where he served for eighteen years.  Under his guidance, Phillips Temple  witnessed a new facility, retired its debt, and purchased and paid for a parsonage.  This climaxed a series of successful pastorates in Georgia, Illinois, and Michigan.

The General Conference of 1982 meeting in Memphis, Tennessee, elected the Reverend Marshall Gilmore the 41st bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.  From 1982 – 1994, he served as Presiding Bishop of the 4th Episocpal District (Louisiana and Mississippi) and from 1994 until June 2006, he served as Presiding Bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District (Texas).  The saving of Texas College, Tyler, with the help of the College of Bishops and church, remains a proud achievement.

On July 2, 2002, in the General Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, Bishop Gilmore was installed as Senior Bishop and later in 2002, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was elected Chief Executive Officer (CEO)  by the Board of Director The CME Church.

Bishop Gilmore retired June 27, 2006, at the General Conference held in Memphis, Tennessee.  He was recalled January 2010 by the College of Bishops to preside over the Second Episcopal District (Ohio/Central Indiana, Western Pennsylvania and Kentucky) until the General Conference, June 2010, held in Mobile, Alabama.  He was recalled a second time by the College of Bishops in November 2013 to preside over the Seventh Episcopal District (North & South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York) until the 2014 General Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Bishop Gilmore is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Paine College; immediate past Chairman of the Board of the CME Church CDC; the Commissionon Disaster Relief, and a former member of the Commission on Pan Methodist Cooperation and Union.  He has served  as  Chair  of  the General Connectional Board;  the Board of Envangelism; the General Board of Personnel Services; the Committee On the Compilation of the  Book of Discipline; the New Day Housing Cooperative; and the Board of Trustees of Texas College.  He served also, as Chair of the Board of Trustees of M.I. College;  the Board of Trustees of the ITC, and as a member and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Phillips School of Theology.

He edited The Book of Ritual (Pocket Edition);  and The Book of Ritual (Pew Edition).  He authored A Catechism For Members of The CME Church; A Bishop Chats With A New Pastor; The Local Church: Its Pastor, Officers And Their Ministries; A Larger Cathechism; Discipleship: In Principle and In Practice; The Pulpit And The Pew; and What Would Jesus Have Me Do?  And in 2014, he published his Memoir, From Bastard to Bishop: A Journey to Legitimacy.


Bishop Gilmore met on campus and later married a Paineite, the former Yvonne Dukes of Fitzgerald, Georgia.  They are the parents of two adult children, the Reverend John Marshall Gilmore and Mrs. Joan Michele (Jerome) Oglesby.  And, they are the grandparents of Marshell (Shelly) Yvonne Gilmore, Kenny Barnes and Daven Oglesby.