Paine College Announces New Additions to Administration

Posted by lsuggs | 08/23/2013 06:02 AM

(Augusta, GA) – On Thursday, August 22, 2013, Dr. George C. Bradley announced new appointments to the administration in a media conference held on the campus.

“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Edward Patrick as our new Vice President of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs, and Dr. Samuel Sullivan as our Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.  Dr. Sullivan was appointed Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic affairs in March 2013.  Both are considered veterans in their respective fields and will make significant contributions in the College’s growth and development,” said Bradley.

Mr. Edward Patrick, a certified public accountant with over 20 years of experience in finance, comes from Clark Atlanta where he served as the University’s associate vice president and controller. In that role, Patrick was responsible for directing general accounting reporting and operations, grants and contracts accounting, general ledger systems, investments, bond issues, cash management, accounts payable, payroll, financial system security, and risk management operations.  He also oversaw the preparation of timely and accurate financial statements, management reports, and federal income tax reporting.  He managed the University’s annual audit process, and evaluated and implemented internal and cash management controls.

Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree in math and sociology from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in accountancy from DePaul University.  He began his professional career as a senior auditor with Arthur Andersen LLP in Chicago where his duties included process mapping to identify operational weaknesses, reviewing audit work papers, financial statements and schedules, as well as field training and planning.  He received a Sequoia Award for Excellence in Mentoring while there.

Patrick said Paine College’s core value “Excellence” will be at the center of his work.  “Integrity and fiscal responsibility are inherent in my role, but excellence is the core value I embrace,” said Patrick.  “Excellence is going to be the guiding light to move Paine College to being a premier liberal arts institution,” said Patrick.

Patrick has consulted for a myriad of clients, large and small, privately and publicly held, focusing on program audits and internal controls.  He served as a liaison for four OMB A-133 program audits, two State special purpose local option sales tax audits and a financial statement audit for the Atlanta Public Schools.  As a controller, he renegotiated bank interest rates that resulted in an annual cost reduction of $100,000.  He also performed a lease/buy analysis that resulted in short-term expense reduction of $175,000 and a four-year projected reduction of $750,000.  For GE Energy, he built narratives and process maps to complement audit programs used to test the effectiveness of key internal controls. 

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the College, was announced as Interim during the spring of 2013. He now serves the College in a permanent leadership role of the administration.  A 40-year veteran of higher education, he has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence, effective planning and assessment, and student success.

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Sullivan earned the B. S. degree in physics and mathematics from North Carolina Central University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics, from Howard University.

After finishing graduate school, Dr. Sullivan began his career as a member of the physics faculty at Federal City College in Washington, D.C.   In later years as a college administrator, Dr. Sullivan participated in the merger of Federal City College, Washington Technical Institute, and the District of Columbia Teachers College into the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).

At UDC, he held several senior administrative positions.  Among them were: Associate President for Academic Personnel Management, Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and University Ombudsman. In addition a record of outstanding teaching and service, his accomplishments included the establishment of a Division of Research, Training, and International Programs.  Dr. Sullivan also led university efforts to develop academic programs with agencies and institutions in other nations, including: Egypt, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, and Russia.

Dr. Sullivan is a member of Alpha Mu Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Psi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.  In addition, Dr. Sullivan volunteers as executive director of the Ike and Justine Washington Foundation.

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Photo caption l: Paine College Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Samuel Sullivan.



Photo caption ll: Paine College new Vice President of Fiscal Affairs, Ed Patrick.