Two Paine College Trustees to be Honored for Contributions to Education and Community Service

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/16/2016 06:01 AM

By Helene T. Carter

Augusta, Ga...The Augusta Local Chapter of the Paine College Alumni Association will honor Dr. Louise A. Rice and Dr. Charles G. Larke for their contributions to education and for outstanding community service. Dr. Rice and Dr. Larke serve on the Paine College Board of Trustees and have given generously of their time and resources to the College. 

The awards will be presented during the Alumni Chapter’s banquet on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the HEAL Complex. The event will feature tributes to the honorees and a scrumptious meal. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $100.00 each. The dress code is After 5 attire. Proceeds will benefit Paine College. 

About the Honorees

Dr. Charles G. Larke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Paine College in 1969 and a Masters of Education in Administration from the University of South Carolina in 1978.  He received a Doctor of Education degree at the University of Georgia in 1987.  He is the first African American to serve as Director of Secondary Vocational Education for Richmond County Public schools, Assistant Superintendent for Vocational Services, Interim Superintendent and Superintendent for the Richmond County Public School System.  Appointed superintendent of the Richmond County Public Schools in 1996, Dr. Larke provided more than ten years of exceptional guidance and leadership. 

Dr. Larke has been honored throughout his career as an outstanding educator and administrator.  He earned awards such as the Richmond County Board of Education Administrator of the Year; the Presidential Alumni Award from Paine College; the Presidential Award for Outstanding Service from the Augusta Chapter of the 100 Black Men of America; and the Living Legend Award from the Broadway Baptist Church.  

Dr. Louise A. Rice earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education from Tuskegee University in 1963.  While working as a teacher, Dr. Rice earned a Master of Arts degree in Remedial Reading and Psychology of School Subjects from Columbia University Teachers College in 1969.  Dr. Rice was awarded the Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Reading Education from the University of Georgia in 1979.  She is certified at the doctorate level in educational administration and supervision. 

Throughout her career as an educator, Dr. Rice has served as a strong civic leader. Dr. Rice is well-known for her work in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated having served as the organization’s 23rd National President. Her work in Delta Sigma Theta allowed her to expand her community service on a national and international scale. In January 2005, Dr. Rice presided over a major testament to Delta Sigma Theta’s commitment to civil rights. The sorority pledged a $1 million donation to the Legal Defense and Education Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. 

Dr. Rice has earned numerous awards in recognition of her community service and commitment to education.  In 2004, the mayor of the City of Augusta honored Dr. Rice’s work in the community by naming November 6, 2004 as “Dr. Louise A. Rice Day”.


To purchase tickets or sponsor a table, please contact members of the Paine College Augusta Alumni Chapter: Mr. George Bailey at 706.793.6638,; Ms. Carol Morgan at, or Ms. Betty Tutt at 706.231.4912,