| 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 www.paine.edu, or contact Helene Carter in the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.821.8323, email@example.com.
| 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 www.paine.edu and browse Presidential Search. Also, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.821.8323, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
| 04/13/2017 18:23 PM
"Every opportunity I’ve had during my professional career is because of Paine College Newly appointed Director of Workforce Initiatives, Jonathan Davis, is a 2006 Paine College graduate who believes that his Alma Mater is a student’s stepping stone to success. Jonathan majored in Mass Communication with an emphasis on broadcasting, and minored in Drama. He shares the following reflection and gratitude. “Every opportunity I’ve had during my professional career is because of Paine College. It is a great institution that instilled in the student-body and in me the belief that you can get there from here. I am prepared and ready to serve in my new position because of the research, presentations, public speaking and traveling abroad opportunities made available to me while attending Paine. I appreciated the constant encouragement from faculty and staff who never allowed me to settle. I am grateful to Paine College for teaching me one of many positive institutional acronyms that motivate me daily on how to be the BEST, which stands for Believe, Envision, Speak and stay Teachable.” - Jonathan Davis
From the Augusta Chronicle
Posted March 8, 2017 04:58 pm - Updated March 8, 2017 09:28 pm
By From Staff Reports
Chamber hires new workforce development director
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday announced it has hired a Richmond County economic development official for a newly created position to oversee workforce development. Jonathan Davis, who was most recently existing industry coordinator for the Richmond County Development Authority, which also operates as the Augusta Economic Development Authority, has been named the chamber’s director of workforce initiatives. The appointment is effective March 20, the chamber said. The Paine College graduate is the second development authority staffer to leave the organization this month. Last Thursday an Athens, Ga.-based engineering and consulting firm announced it had hired Scott Poag, the development authority’s project manager, as its head of business development. Last year the chamber and Augusta Magazine named Davis as one of the “Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch.” Davis, who had worked for the authority for four years, will now be responsible for “implementing services, programs and initiatives that support the goal of a prepared and trained workforce meeting the needs of regional business,” the chamber said in a statement. The chamber said Davis will work closely with its Business Education Advisory Council to carry out strategies to build partnerships between public education and the business community. Davis, a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development and an alumnus of Leadership Augusta, also will serve as an “active advocate for championing workforce readiness in the region.” His previous role with the development authority involved coordinating workforce development programs with area employers, the chamber said.
| 03/21/2017 04:15 AM
Sheila Ann Paige is a higher learning Intitutions dream. She is a student with a 4.0 GPA and a valued staff member at the historic and prominent Paine College, that considers herself extremely fortunate to be earning a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Business Management and is able to earn wages to support her family, from the same institution. She is the Assistant to the Director of Residence Life and the Director of Student Activities in the Student Affairs Department. She was born in Aiken, South Carolina and currently resides there with her two daughters Marika and Keviana.
Sheila fondly recalls the following about her very first visit to PC as a high-school student; “In 1987, I came to Paine College to take my PSAT and fell in love with the institution. Unfortunately, my parents could not afford to pay for me to attend college and life took me down a different path. I started working for a manufacturing company and was complacent for many years, until the corporation closed its doors while I was out on maternity leave. The Department of Labor offered me assistance to find another job or the opportunity to further my education. Even though I was hesitant to go back to school after 18 years, I chose the latter option.”
Paige is proud of her decision because she never imagined that 30 years after her first steps on the PC campus, she would be achieving a college education and become a vital part of the renowned Paine College faculty and staff family. She transferred into the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) and will graduate in May, 2017. Sheila is afforded the privilege to experience dual roles by being a part of the student-body and a member of the staff. She says “it is rewarding to be a listening ear and give advice to the other students as they matriculate through Paine College.” Her affiliations and achievements are numerous.
Sheila was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in November 2007; was awarded Student of the Month in November 2007; earned her spot on the Dean’s List for calendar years 2006-2010; was honored with the title Female Student Marshal for her 3.95 GPA; was awarded Outstanding Student in Office Systems Technology in April 2008 and the list of achievements continue in great length and with remarkable notoriety. She was inducted into Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society during the Spring 2016 semester and is looking forward to being inducted into Delta Mu Delta prior to graduation.
“I strongly believe the Lion of Judah is on our side, just like the words from my favorite inspirational song, Warrior, by Stephen Curtis Chapman, reminds us. It is no happenstance that the Paine College mascot is a lion. This institution is our pride. I remain a student and employed at PC because I have faith. Paine has the best faculty and staff. They are here for the students, care about their success and will not let anything stand in the way of that. Paine College will prevail and rise stronger. I agree with the following quote by Dave Willis: Faith isn’t a feeling. It’s a choice to trust God even when the road ahead seems uncertain,” said Sheila.
Paine College is truly a unique HBCU. Students and staff rave about the family environment, sincere guidance to success and deep-rooted history at the institution that educates, employs and empowers them to be exceptional. Its students are brilliant and bright, the faculty and staff reach above and beyond, and the life and leadership lessons taught within the halls and walls encourage all to be extraordinary citizens and charitable Alumni.
In Other Words, By Stone
| 01/13/2017 14:57 PM
Augusta, GA – Sadly, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President, and the Paine College Community, announce the passing of Reverend Lucius H. Pitts, Jr., past-member of the Paine College Board of Trustees. “It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to our beloved son, Reverend Lucius H. Pitts, Jr. who served with distinction on the Paine College Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Throughout his tenure on the Board, he served with great passion and love for his Alma Mater.”
The “Celebration of Life” service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2016, at Phillips Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church located at 1310 Holsey Street, Phenix, Alabama 36867. Reverend Gregory Scott, pastor, and Elder James Smith will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park, Columbus, Georgia.
Reverend Pitts was born January 18, 1949 in Cordele, Georgia to the late Dr. Lucius H. Pitts, Sr. and the late Daffeneeze Bates Pitts. He received his primary education in Fairfield, Alabama; attended Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama; and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Paine College. He attended Phillips School of Theology, the seminary of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Reverend Pitts served as Presiding Elder and Pastor in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. His most recent appointment as pastor was at St. Luke C.M.E. Church in Auburn, Alabama.
Reverend Pitts and his father, Dr. Lucius Pitts, Sr. shared a common bond – they both graduated from Paine College and shared a deep love for their Alma Mater. They were both employed at Paine College: Reverend Pitts served as Director of Admissions in 1988 under Dr. Julius S. Scott’s Administration. His father, Dr. Pitts, Sr., was appointed 9th President of Paine College and became the first African American to lead the Institution.
“As we approach the College’s 135th Founders’ Day and Homecoming Celebration, we will miss his towering presence on the campus. He was always inspiring and had words of reassurance throughout my presidency at Paine.”
He is survived by a brother, John Pitts, and a host of relatives and friends.
Condolences may be sent to the Pitts Family c/o Mr. John Pitts at 3011 18th Avenue, Apartment F, Columbus, GA 31901. For additional information, please contact Taylor Funeral Home at (334) 298.0364.
| 08/23/2016 04:26 AM
Paine College will host Fall Convocation on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President, will serve as the keynote speaker for the occasion. The event will welcome new and returning students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and friends to the Paine College Community. This event is open to the public.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email: Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 08/19/2016 06:51 AM
Paine College students, faculty, and staff unite for the first Paine College Campus Pride Day of service, sponsored by the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church & Faith-based Community Saturday, August 20, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.
During this day of service, hundreds of volunteers from the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and United Methodist Churches along with members of the Paine College community will work to improve the appearance of the Paine College grounds and make improvements to dormitories and the student center. The goals of this campus clean-up day are to clean up our public areas, foster a sense of stewardship for the campus and build community-wide connections.
Community members are invited to volunteer. All volunteers will gather at the Peters Campus Center on the Paine College Campus at 8:00 AM to complete volunteer forms and be assigned to a team captain. Paine College will provide cleaning supplies.
Community members can also take advantage of this opportunity to register to participate in future campus clean up events. Volunteers can register at https://www.tfaforms.com/438402.
| 08/1/2016 07:15 AM
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Radio station 96.3 Kiss FM will hold the 96.3 Kiss FM Worship Wednesday Community Prayer Breakfast this month at Paine College. Organized by Women in Gods Service (WINGS), the inaugural event aims to provide an opportunity for the community to embrace diversity in an atmosphere of inclusive fellowship and to raise money for the College. Paine College which boasts the oldest interracial governing body in the nation has a history of pioneering race relations in Augusta making it a well-suited venue to bring diverse groups of people together for discussions regarding racial issues in our community.
The keynote speaker will be Michael Thurmond, Paine College Alumnus and Chair-Elect of the Paine College Board of Trustees. The event takes place on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, from 7:30 to 9:00 AM at the Candler Memorial Library on the Paine College Campus.
"It is such a wonderful feeling to see the Augusta community coming together for this worthy event," noted, R. Wayne Woodson, Chief of Staff, Assistant Professor and Director of Music, “Cher Best has pledged her support for Paine College and founded Women in Gods Service- WINGS. This group is hosting the prayer breakfast, and will be working with Dr. Lucinda Sullivan, the College's First Lady, on a number of events over the next year.”
The cost of the event is $25 per person and tables are also available. Tickets will be sold in advance on Eventbrite. Tickets will not be available at the door. Those unable to attend the event can make donations on Eventbrite until August 23rd. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2a5U45P.
| 06/8/2016 06:20 AM
Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church cordially invites you to a special worship service on Sunday, June 12th at 9:00 a.m. with guest speaker Civil Rights icon, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Congressman John Lewis.
The service is part of the 20th Pastoral Anniversary of Reverend Herman “Skip" Mason, Jr. in the C.M.E. Church. The Trinity family would be honored to have you present to hear and meet this American treasure John Lewis. Bring your children so they can witness and see the last surviving member of the planning committee and speaker at the March on Washington and one of the original marchers of "Bloody Sunday" that was the Selma to Montgomery march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Mr. Lewis was beaten unconscious by Alabama’s State troopers at the bridge in 1965. He suffered a fractured skull from the Blood Sunday beating, the scar of which is visible to this day. The incident was one of three Selma-to-Montgomery marches for voting rights, and the efforts led to passage of the Voting Rights Act.
Samuel Fudge, actor, will give a rousing oratory of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.’s response to the question Do You Get Angry? The recent Paine College graduate appeared in the movie “Selma” and was among the cast that re-enacted the historical marches in Selma, Alabama.
Trinity CME Church is located at 2930 Glenn Hills Drive, Augusta, Georgia 30906. The afternoon service will commence at 3:00 p.m. and will feature Reverend Andre Loyd, Pastor of West Side Community C.M.E. Church. All are invited to share in one or both of the services. For more information, call 706.796.2550, or visit www.trinitycmeaugusta.org.
Photo Caption: John Lewis on Edmund Pettus Bridge
Sent on Behalf of Trinity C.M.E. Church
Media Contact: Rev. Herman “Skip” Mason, Pastor
Trinity C.M.E. 706.796.2550 – www.trinitycmeaugusta.org
| 05/24/2016 10:17 AM
By Helene T. Carter
Augusta, Ga…Members of the Paine College Board of Trustees, representatives of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, along with President Samuel Sullivan stood united as they announced their plan to move the College in the direction of fiscal solvency and drive the Institution on the path to full compliance with the Principles of Accreditation of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The trustees held the press conference on Tuesday, May 24th at 10:00 a.m. inside the HEAL Complex.
Bishop Marshall Gilmore, trustee emeritus, drew a round of applause as he announced a commitment of $1,000,000 on behalf of the College of Bishops of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church. The CME Church will fulfill the $1 million commitment within 12 months.
Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson, Assistant Secretary General of The Black College Fund, pledged $350,000 to the College on behalf of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church. The GBHEM has consistently rendered support to Paine College over the years.
Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chair of the Paine College Board of Trustees, said,” During the spring meeting of the governing body, we unanimously adopted a strategy and a plan that included changes in Board leadership, changes in College leadership, restructuring the board membership and the implementation of a governance structure that will facilitate a culture of accountability and transparency.” She further commented, “This means that the Trustees are fully engaged and committed to taking full responsibility for correcting any and all fiscal and managerial shortfalls that have faced the College during the last three years.”
Attorney Michael Thurmond, Chair-elect, solicited the audience to become involve in the process of preserving and sustaining the College. He announced that the College had raised more than $2,540,000 toward its $3.1 million goal for the fiscal cycle July 2015 to June 30, 2016. Attorney Thurmond invited the community to participate in the “Be 1of 1,000” campaign. The fundraising campaign has the potential of yielding more than $1,000,000 by June 30, 2016.
“The urgency is now,” said Attorney Thurmond. “It matters that we give now to demonstrate to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges that we love and support this great institution that has played a significant role in our lives and in our communities.”
Attorney Thurmond made it clear that the Trustees would work with the College to develop ongoing development programs that would allow the College to remain financially stable.
President Samuel Sullivan said that he was humbled by the outpouring of support from the College’s constituents. He stated that recently, a local theologian donated $50,000 and within weeks of that gift, the pastor made another donation of $27,000. Dr. Sullivan expressed his gratitude to Paine alumni, churches, and friends who hosted events to assist the College.
The trustees thanked Dr. Sullivan for his leadership during the College’s challenging times. “Under Dr. Sullivan’s leadership, SACSCOC lifted seven of the ten areas of non-compliance that faced the Institution.”
The College must comply with the Principles of Accreditation of three remaining areas: 1) financial resources, 2) financial stability, and 3) control of sponsored research/external funds.
Dr. Sullivan echoed Attorney Thurmond’s appeal. “It is important that we give now. “Paine must raise an additional $1 million by June 30, 2016 to ensure that the College has surplus funds for ongoing operations.”
“My primary goal is to keep the doors open to provide an accessible and quality education for students,” said Dr. Sullivan. “I am convinced that we can work together to achieve this most important goal.”
For more information about ways to support Paine College, please contact Ms. Sunya L. Young in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233 or via email: Syoung@paine.edu.