Paine College Trustees Elect New Leadership Team

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/2/2016 06:37 AM

During its spring meeting, April 22-23, 2016, the Paine College Board of Trustees, the governing authority of the College, acknowledged and accepted "ultimate responsibility" for correcting the fiscal and managerial shortcomings that have plagued the College during the last three years.  The Board unanimously adopted a strategy aligned with the "Vision 2020: Return of the Pride” plan that included changes in board and college leadership, restructuring the board membership and the implementation of a participatory governance structure that will foster a culture of accountability and transparency. 

Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight was elected Chair of the Board and Attorney Michael Thurmond was elected Chair-elect.  Chair Bouknight stated, "Our top priority will be to continue the stabilization of the administrative and fiscal management of Paine College and the resolution of all remaining issues with our accrediting agency." 

The Board unanimously adopted a resolution naming Dr. Samuel Sullivan as President of Paine College for a one-year term. The College has been under the "interim" leadership of Dr. Sullivan since October 2014.  The resolution also called for the selection of a search committee which will be comprised of representatives from college alumni, faculty, students, church denominational leadership, business and community. Representatives will also include at least one Board member. The search committee will make recommendations to the Board but the Board will be the decision-maker. The search committee will be selected prior June 1, 2016.

Chair Bouknight added," On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I offer our deepest appreciation to Dr. Sullivan for leading the College through these challenging times. He is a wise and thoughtful leader who has become a beacon of hope and inspiration during the most difficult period in the history of our College." 

Under President Sullivan's eighteen-month leadership, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) lifted seven of the ten areas of non-compliance that faced the Institution.  Dr. Sullivan stated, "While the College remains on probation, it is fully accredited by its regional accrediting body."

"My primary objective is to move the College toward unqualified accreditation. The Augusta/ CSRA community and the State of Georgia rely upon this Institution to provide an accessible and quality education for students.  The Board of Trustees, members of the administration, alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students are working together to achieve this important objective," said Dr. Sullivan. 


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