Paine College announces new academic structure and new deans

Posted by ncarter | 08/9/2011 09:45 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley, President announced the appointment of Dr. Steven Thomas as the dean of its newly created School of Professional Studies and Dr. Emily Williams as the dean of its newly created School of Arts and Sciences. The new appointments come on the helm of the College’s new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Marcus Tillery.

More than three years ago, Paine College embarked on a 5- year strategic plan. The strategic plan called for the College to build on its legacies and capitalize on its achievements to move closer to the vision and mission of becoming a premier liberal arts College in our region and in the nation.

This plan has helped the institution implement the reorganization of its academic structure, moving its academic programs from divisions to schools. The School of Professional Studies encompasses the Department of Business Administration, Department of Education and Department of Media Studies. The School of Arts and Sciences encompasses the Department of Humanities, Department of Social Sciences, and Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology.

“The two schools will afford the College the opportunity to have deans who will raise resources to strengthen student resources for scholarly work and to develop graduate programs,” said Bradley.

Each of the deans has distinct visions for each school.

“The new structure provides an opportunity for the deans to foster relationships with industry and gauge their needs in an effort to develop innovative programs and produce graduates that can meet those needs,” said Thomas

This strategic move positions the College continue to provide its students with exceptional learning experiences in a global context. It is committed to supporting every student’s development and success, recruiting and promoting faculty of the highest credentials and standards of excellence, creating a supportive campus community and engaging the larger community and world.

Williams believes that each school will play an integral role in College’s path toward regional recognition.

“I see the School of Arts and Sciences assisting the institution with in its efforts to become a destination college for the study of the liberal arts, Williams said. “This structure will help our students easy identify majors and begin preparation for graduate school and other professional opportunities.”

Paine College launched the two-school model beginning August 8.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu. 


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