U. S. Senator Johnny Isakson Visits Paine College Campus

Posted by ncarter | 03/6/2012 11:41 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson visited Paine College's campus this past Monday, and met with Dr. George C. Bradley, president of Paine College.  While the Georgia Senator was back in the state he set aside time to talk with Dr. Bradley about the college’s new programs and projects occurring on campus and in the Augusta community.
 
“I am proud to be here today and see all the incredible things going on at Paine College. Their new programs and construction of additional buildings are not only benefitting the students, but the Augusta community as a whole. Paine College is leading the way in preparing men and women for positions of leadership so they can go on to serve the community, the nation and the world,” said Senator Isakson.
 
Under the leadership of Dr. George C. Bradley, a multitude of new programming, building upgrades and capital improvements have occurred on the campus.  One of the most recent projects is the construction of the new HEAL Complex, which will house classrooms, laboratories, meeting and conference rooms.   Accessible to the public, the facility will also be home to a new health and wellness facility focused on strengthening the community through fitness and healthy living.
 
The college is also working with neighboring Fort Gordon to establish a Critical Languages Institute designed to teach minority students and soldiers Farsi and Pashtu/Dari languages.  Additionally, the college is working to solidify a nuclear science teaching and research laboratory in order to train high caliber students who can serve as future radiation science workers in the robust local nuclear industry in the Augusta, Georgia area and throughout the nation.
 
 “As we continue to raise the quality of life for our students and the community, I’m especially grateful to our federal government representatives, including Senator Isakson, for their support of our mission and vision of becoming a premier liberal arts institution in the region,” said President Bradley.
 
For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/

Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu

Photo caption: U. S. Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia (left) and Dr. George C. Bradley, president of Paine College (right)


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Paine Lions advance in SIAC Tournament

Posted by ncarter | 03/1/2012 06:37 AM

(Atlanta, GA)- In the first round of the tournament #6 Paine College defeated #11 Morehouse College (63-60).

Paine College’s Tony Baker sank two free throws with 1.7 seconds left to help lift the sixth-seed Lions to a 63-60 victory over11th seed Morehouse College in a first-round game in the 2012 SIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at Morehouse College’s Forbes Arena.
 
Baker led the Lions with 12 points, while Mario Jordan and Geno Green each added 10 points. Paine, now 15-12 on the season, advances to face third-seed Clark Atlanta at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 1.
 
Cortez Nesbitt and Shawn Allen each had 18 points to lead the Morehouse Maroon Tigers.
 
Paine had a 59-51 lead after a driving layup by Kedric Taylor with 4:05 left in the game, but Morehouse cut the lead to 59-58, getting six points from Nelson, including a three-point play. Darius Smith cut through the defense for a layup to give the Lions a 61-58 lead with 1:05 left to play.
 
Nelson scored on a turn-around jumper in the paint to make it 61-60 with
44 seconds left.
 
Paine missed a shot, and Morehouse had the ball with a chance to pull ahead, but turned the ball back over to Paine with 4.6 seconds left on the clock. Baker raced down the court unguarded and caught a long pass and waited for the defense to foul him and then sealed the win at the line.

Paine College will take on Clark Atlanta University, Thursday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m. in the Forbes Arena on the campus of Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA.

For more information contact, the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu or visit thesiactournament.com


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Paine College student named Secretary of United Negro College Fund National Pre-Alumni Council

Posted by ncarter | 02/27/2012 17:35 PM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - Jill Ballesteros was recently named the Secretary of the 2012-2013 National Pre-Alumni Council (NPAC) Board.  Ballesteros is a junior Psychology major with an emphasis in Counseling from Los Angeles, California. She currently serves as the president of the Paine College Pre-Alumni Council.

The appointment is an honor because Ballesteros serves with other students from United Negro College Fund member institutions. The National Pre-Alumni Council is the governing body for the Pre-Alumni Councils located on UNCF's member colleges and universities campuses. The NPAC officers are elected annually during the NAC/NPAC Conference.

The National Pre-Alumni Council governs a total of 38 Historical Black Colleges and Universities. The United Negro College Fund provides over 60,000 scholarships each year to enable students to attend college.

“This appointment is just an extension of the leadership I provide to the Paine College Pre-Alumni Council,” Ballesteros said. "I am really excited to serve with other collegiate leaders and broadening the reach of UNCF's message."

As a student at Paine College, Ballesteros is a known leader having served as a member of Sisters on a Mission, Psychology Club, Commuter Students Association, Council of Presidents, Adopt a Freshman: Student Mentoring Program. She recently became a mentor to young girls through the Kids with a future program through St. Luke’s Methodist Church.

The Paine College Pre-Alumni Council recently received the award for the Best Pre-Alumni Council Scrapbook by the NPAC Board of Directors at the 66th National Alumni Council/54th Pre-Alumni Council Leadership Conference 2012 in Orlando, Florida. The scrapbook documents their activities throughout the year as well as their community service impact.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu

Photo caption: Jill Ballesteros

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Department of Education to promote "Read Across America" Day with Dr. Seuss Production at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School

Posted by ncarter | 02/27/2012 17:31 PM

(Augusta, GA)- The Paine College Department of Education will conduct Dr. Seuss Production at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School for Read Across America Day on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

Paine College education majors have created a Dr. Seuss Production for Read Across America Day to encourage elementary students to read. The National Education Association award Paine College a grant to fund special projects. The CLASS Grant is awarded to a select number of student programs each academic year. The members of GAE-SP executive board were responsible for writing and submitting the grant. Natasha Adebiyi, Paine College GAE-SP president and GA-SP state officer, led the writing of the CLASS grant proposal.

With the grant funds, GAE-SP will also donate sets of Dr. Seuss books for lower grade level classrooms (Pre-K through 2nd grade) at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School. Wilkinson Gardens is apart of the consortium of Professional Development Schools partnering with the Department of Education.

"The CLASS grant award provides Paine College students the opportunity for service learning and strengthens our Professional Development School relationship with Wilkinson Gardens," said Dr. Emily Graves, Chair of the Department of Education.

The Read Across America Program will be held on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School. This program will include fun filled academic activities for young elementary school students.

 For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu or visit The National Education Association website at www.nea.org.

Attachments: Background on NEA's Read Across America and logo

Photo caption: Natasha Adebiyi, Paine College GAE-SP president and GA-SP state officer.

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Paine College GAE-SP land National Education Association Grant

Posted by ncarter | 02/27/2012 09:39 AM

Augusta, GA)-The Paine College Chapter of Georgia Association of Educators, Student Program, (GAE-SP) recently received a grant from the National Education Association (NEA). The members of GAE-SP executive board were responsible for writing and submitting the grant. Natasha Adebiyi, Paine College GAE-SP president and GA-SP state officer, led the writing of the CLASS grant proposal.

The National Education Association offer student programs across the country an opportunity to apply for grants to fund special projects. The CLASS Grant is awarded to a select number of student programs each academic year. CLASS Grants are awarded to local chapters for community service projects that are intended to meet a community need.

“I knew that this would be an opportunity that we could not miss out on," said Adebiyi. "The executive board and I sat down and identified a program that we wanted to offer to youth in community near campus. We were fortunate to have Dr. Lindsay-Dennis, our faculty advisor, guide us through the grant writing process.”

The CLASS grant received by NEA will be used to fund a "Read Across America" Program at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School. NEA's "Read Across America" is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. The Purpose of "Read Across America" is to motivate children to read inside and outside of school. Research shows that reading is an important factor in student achievement. Children who are motivated and spend more time reading perform better in school than non-readers.

“This grant has provided Natasha and her executive board with an opportunity to not only develop grant writing skills but also create a program that addresses youth literacy in the CSRA,” said LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Paine College GAE-SP Faculty Advisor. 

Paine College education majors have created a Dr. Seuss Production for Read Across America Day in March. This production seeks to encourage elementary students to read. With the grant funds, GAE-SP will also donate sets of Dr. Seuss books for lower grade level classrooms (Pre-K through 2nd grade) at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School. Wilkinson Gardens is apart of the consortium of Professional Development Schools partnering with the Department of Education.

The CLASS grant award provides Paine College students the opportunity for service learning and strengthens our Professional Development School relationship with Wilkinson Gardens.

The Read Across America Program will be held on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School. This program will include fun filled academic activities for young elementary school students.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu or visit The National Education Association website at www.nea.org.

Photo caption: Natasha Adebiyi, Paine College GAE-SP president and GA-SP state officer.


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Paine College To Host Career & Graduate School Fair | March 15, 2012 | 10AM-1PM | Peters Campus Center

Posted by ncarter | 02/27/2012 08:46 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Paine College Office of Career Services and Undergraduate to Graduate Program will host a Career and Graduate School Fair on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Peters Campus Center.
 
Students, alumni, and members of the community will have an opportunity to network with local employers and meet representatives from graduate and professional schools. Resumes and professional dress are required. Admission is free and open to the public.
 
Currently representatives from the following schools and companies will be present:
·      Doctor’s Hospital
·      FBI
·      US Coast Guard
·      International Paper
·      Cintas
·      Waffle House
·      Century 21 Jeff Keller Realty
·      Dublin County Schools
·      Burke County Schools
·      Richmond County Schools
·      Enterprise
·      Georgia Teaching Fellows
·      Wells Fargo
·      Augusta Staffing
·      Georgia Health Sciences University
·      Career Personnel
·      WRDW
·      Air Force
·      Georgia Department of Labor
·      Cambridge
·      Central Michigan
·      Webster University
·      Georgia State University School of Law
·      GHSU School of Nursing
·      Emory University
 
For more information contact the Office of Career Services (706) 821-8307 or visit www.paine.edu or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591,  (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu
 
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Paine College debuts new mobile website

Posted by ncarter | 02/20/2012 08:30 AM

(Augusta, GA) - Paine College has launched a mobile version of its website for fast and convenient access on handheld devices. The site can be found at m.paine.edu. Paine College is the first HBCU in the state of Georgia to launch a full-featured mobile site for handheld devices. The new Paine College Mobile site is also accessible to devices like the iPad, Kindle Fire and other notebook devices.

According to a survey conducted Noel-Levitz and the National Research Center for College & University Admissions, 52 percent of prospective college students said they had viewed a school’s website on a mobile device in 2011—more than double the percentage from 2010. And 48 percent of those students said the mobile site experience bettered their view of the campus.

“The movement that Paine College is making towards the future can only be described as progressive,” said Dr. George C. Bradley, Paine College President. “Students and constituents have an expectation of this type of innovation. We’re stepping up to provide it here at Paine.”

Currently, the new mobile site exhibits information about admissions, a calendar, faculty/staff directory, campus news, athletics and more. You can also stay connected with links to Paine College's social networking sites.

“Paine College’s mobile presence is extremely important as we evolve and continue to market our institution to technologically savvy generations. According to statistics a mobile site is imperative to keep Colleges and Universities competitive,” said Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing.

Site developers Webflex Consulting, LLC (webflexconsulting.com) expect to see additional features added to the site over time.

For more information contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591,  (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu

 
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Paine College Founders’ Day Convocation marks 130th Anniversary – Celebrates Phenomenal Milestones

Posted by ncarter | 02/15/2012 05:28 AM

Story by Timothy Cox

Paine College celebrated its 130th year of existence during its Founders’ Day Convocation held Friday, February 10, 2012 in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Bishop Kenneth W. Carter, Presiding Prelate of the Georgia Christian Methodist Episcopal Churches, brought the keynote address and commented, “ Paine College is in God’s favor.”  In recognition of the support that alumni and friends continue to render, the College honored Reverend Dr. Johnny R. Johnson for having recruited and steered numerous students to further their education at Paine College. 

Traditionally, during February, the Institution welcomes the return of its many alumni and friends to celebrate its heritage and existence.  Alumni gather to rekindle friendships and walk the hallowed halls where many students embarked upon their journey toward their life’s work and professions.

As in previous years, the Institution’s Founders’ Day Convocation coincided with Paine’s Homecoming activities. However, this year’s festive activities were especially more significant than in previous years.  

Dr. Louise Rice, Member of the Paine College Board of Trustees, eloquently greeted the Paine College Community with immense gratitude.  “We continue to count the blessings for the founding of this great Institution.  We count the blessings that the alumni and members of the CSRA community are committed to supporting and sustaining the great legacy of this Institution.  The members of the Board are always here to support Paine College and we are honored to serve you.”

Under the leadership of Dr. George C. Bradley, who was named Paine College President in October 2007, a multitude of upgrades and capital improvements have occurred on the campus under his brief-but-active tenure.

Hundreds of alumni and friends were greeted by a display of numerous renovations and upgrades.  The renovation and makeover of Haygood-Holsey Hall that faces Fifteenth Street caused alumni to swell with pride.  The massive renovation of the 34-year old Haygood-Holsey Hall has transformed the College’s front entrance which is located along the well-traveled 15th Street artery – long considered one of Augusta’s highest visibility thoroughfares. 

In addition, several blighted structures located on Central Avenue and Laney Walker Boulevard, have been razed to prepare for new construction activity, which will further reflect major capital improvements for the campus. 

The newly installed stained-glass windows which can be purchased by organizations and individuals greeted visitors as they entered the Sanctuary of the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Although the project is fifty percent complete, the magnificently crafted windows are a beautiful addition to the Sanctuary and complemented the newly restored pews that displayed royal purple engraved nameplates that were inscribed for persons who were honored or memorialized by loved ones.

Of note, the Pipe Organ that was visibly absent from the Founders’ Day Service in 2011due to malfunctions, returned to the service Friday morning as Ms. Christine Crockett played the opening processional music. The Pipe Organ, repaired at the top of the fall 2011 semester, carries a replacement value in excess of $1 million.

The crowning glory of the College’s new construction effort is the renovation of the Randall A. Carter Gymnasium and its ongoing transformation into the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex. The new multi-purpose facility is set to change the landscape of the campus, while providing increased quality of life and academic services for students, student-athletes, faculty, staff, citizens of Augusta and across the state and region. The HEAL Complex is set for completion in early 2013. 

Mayor Deke Copenhaver praised the College for its capital improvement initiatives and charged the Administration and trustees to think like the Paine founding fathers, “ Look to the future and build things with true diligence.  Don’t be distracted by the voices of the critics but continue to build on the legacy and vision.”

Brandon P. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, reflected, “We saw record numbers of alumni and friends return to the campus during the Homecoming and Founders’ weekend celebration.  There is a buzz of excitement and anticipation throughout the College community and much if it is due to the transformation of the physical plant, the renovation of the Carter Gymnasium and the construction of the new HEAL Complex.”  Of note, Vice President Brown is leading the fundraising campaign for the $14 million HEAL Construction project.

Plans have also been announced to construct new student residential facilities in the near future.   “As we continue to raise the quality of the living and learning environment for our students, I’m equally grateful to our Alumni and Board of Trustees for rendering support of our mission and vision of becoming a premier liberal arts institution in the region,” said President Bradley. 

For more information about the College’s capital improvement projects, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233.

Photo caption: During the morning of the 130th Founders' Day Convocation, the HEAL Construction project reached a milestone when the first footings were poured that will support the new foundation for the HEAL Complex.  The new HEAL Complex will emerge on the site of the renovated Randall A. Carter Gymnasium adjacent to the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the Paine College campus.  
Photo by Dr. Roscoe Williams

 

Paine College Administrator Brandon P. Brown to receive National Award for Service to Higher Education

Posted by ncarter | 02/2/2012 04:20 AM

Story by Timothy Cox

Having reached his 36th birthday in September, Brandon Pendarvis Brown is a testament to the old adage that age is just a number, based on the many accomplishments Brown has garnered in such a relatively short period.  He’s about to add one more accolade to the long list of achievements. In good company, Brown along with CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien and other distinguished individuals will receive the national Legacy Award for outstanding service to higher education during the UNCF NAC/PAC Leadership Conference, Friday, February 3, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  The Conference, held annually, features college presidents, educators, alumni, students and philanthropists who gather to learn how to better render support to UNCF institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

When the South Carolina native was named Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Paine College in 2008, the job appointment could have been hypothetically titled, “The Return,” if speaking of Brown’s matriculation where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in History in 2000. He would later go on to earn a Master’s degree in Human Resources from Webster University of St. Louis.

For Brown, the Paine experience is personal and significant, considering that he is following the legacy footsteps of his father, Bennie F. Brown Jr., a chemistry major who graduated from Paine College in 1969. The older Brown would go on to enjoy a successful career as a high school math and science teacher, in addition to continuing the family funeral home business in the Brown homestead of Greenville, S.C. The Browns are also proprietors of Brown Rentals and Properties. The younger Brown has also provided his expertise to ensure both family businesses have continued to remain viable.

Brown says he is honored to have the opportunity to return to his alma mater.  “It’s a special privilege to work with Dr. Bradley to move my alma mater forward,” he said. Dr. George Cleveland Bradley was named President of Paine College in October 2007. 

As Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Brown is charged with raising in excess of $14 million for the institution’s Health Education Activities Learning Complex (HEAL), which is currently under construction on the Paine campus. The new facility will in part replace the historic Randall A. Carter Gymnasium which has been part of the Paine campus for the past 60 years. “The HEAL will also include classrooms, laboratories and a 2,400-seat arena with new amenities Paine athletes have gone without for way too long,” Brown said 

He is responsible for fostering scholarships, endowments, furthering the institution’s strategic plan and helping to move the Campus Master Plan forward.  Of particular note, the College has witnessed an upsurge in capital improvements and support. 

Fundraising and friend raising are comfort zones for Brown, considering his 2006 experience as State Deputy Political Director for Senator Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign. Biden would go on to become Vice President of the United States in President Barack Obama’s administration.  Brown continues to cherish a warm relationship with VP Biden and his staff.

Brown’s commitment to making higher education accessible to students is unparallel.  He served as a recruitment officer at Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC for 3 years and went on to create the Greenville HBCU Basketball Classic in 2003.  The HBCU Classic was one of a kind in the Upstate and is credited with spurring enrollment at several HBCUs throughout the country.  Later, in 2004, he founded the HBCU Football Classic in the Upstate and brought the Battle of the Bands to half-time that was a sidebar to the College Fairs and Recruiting sessions that were forefront.

Brown comments that the Greenville HBCU sports classics were born out of his desire to make College affordable and accessible to his community.  “I wanted to give young people access to a quality education at valuable institutions that are credited with producing many of the nation’s leaders today,” said Brown.

Having caught the political bug, Brown became the first African-American South Carolina candidate for U.S. Congress (age 28) in the Fourth Congressional District and won the Democratic nomination.  Needless to say, Brown leads the Governmental Relations initiatives at Paine College and as a result, the College is witnessing an increase in federal and state funding and support.

Constantly at the forefront of social justice issues, Brown was an organizing member of the Greenville Technical College Multi-cultural Diversity Board that was formed after a senior member of the Greenville Tech Administration made insensitive statements about Katrina Evacuees.  Brown contributed heavily to the healing process and went on to serve as an advocate on many fronts.

Rooted in community service, he served as Executive Director of the Allen Temple Community Development Center that catered to at-risk children; and co-founded the Upstate (S.C.) Black Family Reunion, which promotes community unity.  He remains active in civic and social organizations in both Georgia and South Carolina and has served on the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Committee; the Augusta Symphony Board of Directors; and the Greer,

SC Hospital Advisory Board.   He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and a member of the John Wesley United Methodist Church, Greenville, SC.

The fall of 2011 marked a personal milestone in Brown’s life who had been a longtime committed bachelor. On October 29, 2011, Brown and Augusta TV news anchor/personality Kimberly Scott of WJBF-TV, exchanged marriage vows during distinguished ceremonies that attracted well-wishers from near and far.

“Obviously, this is an exciting time of my life in more ways than one,” said Brown.

“I fully believe in the vision and leadership of our president and feel absolutely certain that Paine College will continue to evoke positive changes locally and nationally -- from now and into the future.

“Frankly, I’m having the time of my life,” he added with a smile.

Helene Carter, Assistant Vice President at Paine College and long-time associate of Brown said, “I’ve watched Brandon mature into an exceptional servant leader who is committed to higher education and he’s just beginning to reap some of the benefits of his dedication to servant leadership and his conviction to social justice.  He is a walking testament of the power of exercising positive vision and anyone who is in his company is inspired to reach for greatness.”  

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ACBSP Awards Paine College Reaffirmation of Accreditation of its Business Programs

Posted by ncarter | 01/24/2012 08:58 AM

Overland Park, KS — The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners recently awarded Paine College in Augusta, Ga., reaffirmation of accreditation of its business programs.

 ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the business school at Paine College meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

 “Paine College has shown their continued commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Director of Accreditation Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Reaffirmation of Accreditation at the ACBSP Annual Conference in Baltimore, Md., on June 17, 2012.”

 “This accreditation is evidence that Paine College is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students for the past 10 years and for the next 10 years,” said Parscale.

 “Our program alignment and adherence with the ACBSP standards and evaluation process has enabled us to remain competitive with our peers. A national accreditation from ACBSP makes us stand out our peer competitors. Improvements to our program are made based on contacts and feedback from our student placement in such areas as internships in the community and research presentations which serve as input for evaluating and improving our business program,” said Dr. Okoroafor Nzeh, Chair, Division of Business Administration.

 ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation council for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only business accrediting organization for all associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree programs. Its mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.

 ACBSP continues to grow, having recently added its 10th region to better serve member institutions in South Asia. ACBSP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP currently has 1,051 member campuses, 157 of which are located outside of the U.S. Of those campuses, 541 have achieved accreditation and more than 415 are in candidacy for accreditation. Individual members on these campuses now exceed 9,500.

 For more information contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or (706) 821-8322. You may also contact Melinda Dorning, ACBSP Communications Coordinator at Mdorning@acbsp.org