(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley announced today that Paine College had reached another milestone in its 131st year of existence. “For the first time in history a sitting governor will give the address to the graduating class,” said Bradley. “Governor John Nathan Deal will bring the keynote address to the Class of 2013 on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.” The Commencement Convocation will also return to the campus and will take place inside the new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex located at 1255 Druid Park Avenue, Augusta, Georgia.
Dr. Bradley commented that Governor Deal’s commitment to supporting higher education and his example as a leader will motivate the graduating seniors and inspire the faculty, staff, undergraduates and the public.
Governor Deal took the oath of office as Georgia’s 82nd governor on Jan. 10, 2011. The governor’s top goal is making Georgia the No. 1 place in the nation to do business, a goal he’s strived toward by creating the Competitiveness Initiative, reforming our tax code and recruiting businesses to relocate here.
In his first term, he has cut state taxes, eliminated state agencies, reduced the state government workforce, saved HOPE from the brink of bankruptcy, championed education innovations, cracked down on illegal immigration and implemented significant cost-saving reforms in our criminal justice system. This past session, he fought to increase public safety on our waterways, worked to save lives and taxpayer dollars through juvenile justice reform, improved our workforce by aiding veterans and technical college students, and called for stricter rules on lobbying to boost public trust.
Gov. Deal’s public service to his state spans four decades. The Sandersville native served in the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon in Augusta after graduating with a law degree from Mercer University, and then began a private law practice in Gainesville, the hometown of his wife, Sandra Dunagan Deal. While his wife taught in Hall County public schools, the governor began a long span of service to his community as prosecutor, judge, state senator and U.S. congressman.
During his 17 years in Congress, Deal rose to chair the Health Subcommittee of Energy and Commerce, where he became a noted expert on entitlement reform and health care policy.
Deal ended his congressional career to campaign for governor, becoming the Republican nominee in August 2010 and then winning the governorship in November of that year.
The governor and first lady have four adult children and six grandchildren.
Commencement Convocation – Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex, 1255 Druid Park Ave., Augusta, GA.
Media covering the Commencement are asked to arrive no later than 8:00 a.m. and to check in at the registration table in the tower entrance of the HEAL Complex, so that staff may best position you. No one will be admitted into the arena once the procession has started. Parking will be available at the HEAL Complex. Please present your press credentials with the parking attendant.
Photo Caption: State of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, keynote speaker for the 131st Paine College Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 12, 2013, at the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex at 9:00 a.m.
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