Paine College President Announces Campaign to Address Budget Shortfall

Posted by painewebmaster | 11/6/2015 05:54 AM

During the College’s weekly Assembly, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College, announced the campaign to address the College’s budget shortfall. He said to faculty, staff and students who were gathered in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, “We are moving toward a more efficient, well-oiled machine, and I am asking that everybody move in the same direction to get the College across the finish line to where we will have a successful review meeting with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ visiting review team in 2016.”

To address the budget shortfall, the College will kick-off the Build it Back: Rally to Save Paine College Campaign on Tuesday, November 10th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel. The Campaign is designed to raise emergency funds that will be applied toward the College’s operating budget and immediate needs.  Although the Campaign will officially launch on November 10th, in days leading up to the rally the College has received an outpouring of love and support, and many alumni and supporters have sent monetary gifts and pledged their support. Those gifts will be announced during the rally on November 10th.

Dr. Sullivan further stated, “We must make tough decisions. There will be additional cutbacks. We have to proceed by trimming our costs and making sure that we make wise decisions on how to spend the revenue. I know that your love for the College will continue to keep us moving in the right direction to cross the finish line.”

In an earlier statement to the Paine College Community, Dr. Sullivan wrote, “While it is true that the College is experiencing financial challenges and is on probation, the College is open and is accredited by its regional accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). During June 2015, SACSCOC extended the College’s probationary status for another year.  The extension gives the College time to address four remaining sanctions that pertain to financial resources and financial stability. The College remains accredited while on probation.”

“I need everybody working with me,” said Dr. Sullivan as he announced that payroll for hourly workers will be on schedule for Friday, November 6th. He also stated that salaried employees who were awaiting back pay will also receive their paychecks on November 6th. He emphatically stated, “However, the challenges are not over.”

Dr. Sullivan concluded by stating that the College would continue to be open, fully operational and committed to its Mission. He invited the audience to rally for Paine College by joining him in the chant for PC.

For more information about the Build it Back: Rally to Save Paine College Campaign, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (706)-821-8233 or email Vice President Sunya L. Young at syoung@paine.edu