Paine College President Jerry Hardee Hits the Ground Running - First 45 Days

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/16/2017 12:19 PM

Dr. Jerry L. Hardee did not waste any time becoming acquainted with Paine College Community and the Institution's operations. Since coming on board June 1st, Dr. Hardee has spent much of his time meeting with the Cabinet, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends while challenging them to embrace the vision of satisfying accreditation criteria, raising enrollment, retaining students and increasing fundraising capacities.

Not one to lead from behind the desk, he walks the campus early mornings and visits with staff to strike up conversations about ways to enhance living and learning experiences for Paine students. He believes in a hands-on approach and holds staff accountable.  

With less than two weeks on the job, Dr. Hardee kicked off his Summer Tour of visitations with stakeholders. While in Athens, he greeted parishioners of the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and shared his vision for moving Paine forward with alums during the meeting of the Augusta Chapter. In Atlanta, he met alumni and students during the annual Paine College Family Reunion hosted by the Gamma Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

His schedule revved up week of June 19th. He greeted the Georgia Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church Joint Annual Conference on the campus that garnered more than 1,200 youth, clergy, laity and parishioners during the four-day gathering. He served the Conference in dual roles, as a presenter and as the College's host. 

During the CME Conference, he jetted off to i-Heart Media headquarters to appear on the popular Fattz and Cher talk radio show. Responding like a pro to questions, he assured the community that he would work to preserve and sustain the 135-year old institution that has prepared thousands of alumni for the global stage. During the morning of June 29th, he greeted African American members of the Chamber of Commerce who pledged their support to Paine. Later in the afternoon, he addressed Mayor Hardie Davis and the Augusta Commissioners during their meeting where he laid out his vision for Paine and seized the opportunity to thank the City of Augusta for ongoing support of the College. 

During interviews with local Augusta media, President Hardee said, "I'm hopeful that local, state and government leaders will understand the importance of supporting Paine College and HBCUs to continue to educate students who want an education. It is our desire to form partnerships with businesses, corporations, organizations and industry leaders that will allow students to gain valuable experiences before they graduate. The goal is to prepare students to enter the workforce who will successfully satisfy the engagement terms for employment.

Religiously, Dr. Hardee solicits financial support for the Institution for he understands that fundraising goes with the territory. He is committed to reaching and exceeding the $15 million goal for the Comprehensive Campaign that is currently in the silent phase. Recently, the College launched its first official GoFundMe Campaign that is designed to build the Annual Scholarship and Annual Fund Campaigns. 

Early during his career, he served in fundraising and development and learned the value of a robust alumni relations program that engages graduates to support the Institution on multi-levels. "Alumni are the backbone supporters of this Institution," said Dr. Hardee who is committed to increasing the number of alumni chapters throughout the country. 

He greeted parents and incoming students during the College's early registration held in the HEAL Complex throughout the day on July 8th and later found time to visit with United Methodist Women of Georgia who stopped by the campus for a short stay in the afternoon.

"My vision goes beyond the challenges and directions that were set before me by the Board of Trustees," said Dr. Hardee. "As the leader of this fine institution, I must do everything within my authority to make sure that we are at the pinnacle in every spectrum. That includes increasing student enrollment to two-thousand and developing a wide range of offerings that will motivate students to reach beyond their dreams and aspirations."

Dr. Hardee does not allow any grass to grow under his feet and announced that he planned to visit 200 high school junior and senior classes and add additional recruiters to the Admissions staff.

From its inception, Paine College has opened its doors to blacks, whites, Hispanics and all ethnicities. Historically, Paine has given students equal access to a quality education. Founded on the principles of social justice and basic human rights for all persons, Paine prepares students to exit as gladiators who are prepared to compete in the global workforce.

While taking a glance down memory lane, President Hardee recounted the moment he arrived on the campus of Clark College with all his possessions in a card-board suitcase. With a small scholarship, he worked in the dining hall and mopped floors in the dormitories to off-set the cost of his tuition. 

"Larger institutions require you to bring something to get something but HBCUs oblige you to bring a desire to work and a thirst for education and in turn we will steer you on the path to success," said Dr. Hardee. Just like Paine College, HBCUs put students first.  

After touring the residential halls, Dr. Hardee announced that renovation and construction of dormitories would be placed at the top of the list of physical plant priorities. "I am asking students to bring a good attitude, the desire to learn, dreams and aspirations, and we will create an environment where they will have a chance to be successful. We don't ask for much but we will send them away with a lot."

Having served as the first African American President of an accredited Chiropractic College (Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic), President Hardee envisions a Pre-Chiropractic Program at Paine College once the Institution becomes stabilized. After retiring as President in 2007, he stayed on for two years as Chancellor at Sherman. He came out of retirement again to join Life University as Dean of Undergraduate Studies and retired as Special Assistant to the President in 2016.

With over 50 years of experience in the educational field and having served in leadership roles for Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) and Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), he is well-suited to address the challenges that are facing Paine College.

Coming out of retirement for the fifth time was decided during a conversation between President Hardee and his wife, Wyonnie. He asked his wife, "Who in this room is better to lead Paine College than I? Thus began another chapter in his life. 

He takes his presidential appointment at Paine College very seriously and prays daily that he will be successful in representing the people who made sacrifices to keep the Institution thriving. "Twenty-five years from now, I want people to say that Jerry Hardee left Paine College better than he found it." 

Paine College Board of Trustees Selects Presidential Finalist – Dr. Jerry L. Hardee

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/22/2017 16:44 PM

The Paine College Board of Trustees unanimously selected Dr. Jerry L. Hardee as the finalist to become the next president of Paine.

 Dr. Hardee, retired college president and educator, was one of two finalists under consideration. At the conclusion of contract negotiations with Dr. Hardee, the Board will present the new president to the College family and community. The other finalist was Dr. Brandon K. Dumas, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


 “The Search Committee submitted an impressive cadre of candidates,” commented Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chairman of the Board. “We held four panel interviews with two finalists that included students, faculty, staff, administrative cabinet, alumni and community members. The feedback received from the panelists was extremely helpful. We strived to conduct a transparent search and are profoundly grateful to members of the Search Committee, panelists, and to all who participated in this process.”


 Attorney Michael Thurmond, Chair of the Search Committee, said, “Dr. Hardee has an excellent track record of accomplishments and is looked upon as a veteran  in higher education who comes with a wealth of experience in executive leadership, management, fundraising and development, and enrollment. Dr. Hardee “fits” the Institution and has the necessary administrative and academic leadership skills to lead Paine College.”


 For updates and to learn more about Dr. Hardee’s background, please visit the Paine College Presidential Search web page at www.paine.edu, or contact Helene Carter in the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.821.8323, hcarter@paine.edu.

Paine College Trustees Announce Finalists for Presidential Search

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/18/2017 04:43 AM

For Immediate Release – April 18, 2017 - Today, the Paine College Presidential Search Committee announced the finalists for President of the College. The successful candidate will succeed President Samuel Sullivan and commence duties in July 2017.  

“We are pleased to report that two outstanding finalists were selected”, said Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chairman of the Board. All of the finalists have excellent credentials and possess the skills and experience that are necessary to build upon the Institution’s foundation and address the challenges that are facing Paine College.”  

“We are deeply grateful for the service of Dr. Samuel Sullivan who was appointed Interim President in October 2014,” said Attorney Michael Thurmond, Chair of the Search Committee. In May 2016, the Board named Dr. Sullivan President for a period of one year and announced plans to conduct a national search for president. Dr. Sullivan’s contract will expire on June 30, 2017.  

The Search Committee selected the following finalists:  

Dr. Brandon K. Dumas of Prairieville, Louisiana, earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University in 2011 and the Master of Business Administration degree in 2009 from Salem University. Dr. Dumas earned the Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice and the Associate of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Southern University and A&M College in 2008. He received the Certificate “Passing the Executive Torch – The Road to the Presidency” in 2014 from Hampton University Executive Leadership Summit. Dr. Dumas has served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana since July 2014.  

Dr. Jerry L. Hardee, of Valdosta, Georgia, earned the Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Administration, Statistics and Research Emphasis from Northern Illinois University in 1975. He received a Certification for Superintendent Endorsement. In 1974, he received a Certificate for Advanced Study in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. He earned the Master of Arts degree in Science Education from Fisk University in 1964 and the Bachelors of Science degree from Clark College, in 1960. Dr. Hardee is retired.    

The College will host forums that will allow faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community to learn more about the Candidates’ vision, skills and experience.   For more information and updates, please visit www.paine.edu and browse Presidential Search. Also, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.821.8323, or via email: hcarter@paine.edu.

Reverend Karlton Howard to Speak during Baptist Day Service at Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/25/2017 11:16 AM

“Don’t just talk about, be about it.”

Annually, Baptist Church ministers and members assemble on the Paine College campus to fellowship and rally for the institution that they have supported for many decades. This coming Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., Reverend Karlton Howard, pastor of Noah’s Ark Missionary Baptist Church, will serve as keynote speaker during the Baptist Day Service in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Reverend Howard continues to serve as executive producer and host of the award-winning and longest running gospel program in Georgia – “The Parade of Quartets” that airs in Augusta on WJBF TV. The CSRA community is invited to attend.

“Don’t just talk about it, be about it,” has been the underlying theme throughout the annual worship services,” commented Reverend Melvin Ivey. On June 18, 2014, Reverend Ivey and seven Baptist ministers presented a $15,000 check to the College to establish an endowed scholarship. They continued to make significant annual donations in support of the College’s Annual Fund Campaign.

This event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Ms. Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8323,Hcarter@paine.edu

Dr. Samuel Sullivan to Participate in White House HBCU Listening Session with Senior Trump Administration Officials and Lawmakers

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/25/2017 05:42 AM

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President, announced earlier today that he will join presidents who lead UNCF member institutions during a White House Listening Session with President Trump’s administration on February 27, 2017 in Washington, DC.  The UNCF Office of Public Policy and Governmental Affairs partnered with the White House and Congressional constituents to coordinate the event.

The White House is particularly interested in hearing from UNCF presidents on two issues: how can the Administration better partner with HBCUs and how can HBCUs help to revitalize their surrounding communities?

U.S. Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC) and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will host the Congressional HBCU FLY-IN on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The day-long HBCU FLY-IN will provide opportunities for dialogue with a number of Senators and Representatives.  The bipartisan event will also include Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC). 

The UNCF’s goals for the meetings are to: 

  • Educate the Trump Administration officials and Congressional Republicans who may know little about HBCUs, their value and contributions to the nation.
  • Establish new relationships with Republican lawmakers and express appreciation to Democratic lawmakers for their past and continuing support.
  • Make a unified “ask” for additional investments in HBCUs, rather than promote individual institutional needs.
  • Express support for a new Executive Order on HBCUs, but also emphasize that it must be backed up with meaningful federal support – resources, technical assistance, capacity-building, so that HBCUs not only can survive, but also thrive.

For more information, please contact Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Paine College:Hcarter@paine.edu, 706.821.8323, 803.664 0080 (mobile).

“Put Me In at Paine College Coach”

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/23/2017 13:19 PM

Student-Athlete Adam Martin, is a Business Management Major and a versatile position Baseball player at Paine College. He has an impressive 3.5 GPA and beams proudly when sharing that he will be graduating in May 2017, from the Institution he says “has given him the necessary educational tools, one-on-one instruction time if needed and improved his athletic talent to be successful in life.” He is also the Paine College, 2016-2017 Male Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year. Prior to attending college, Martin lived in Aiken, South Carolina with his family. He has one sibling and believes in preserving family quality time.

“My goal was to obtain my degree while remaining close to home near my family. A friend of mine, Avery Wilson, attended PC and after our discussion about the Business and Athletic programs, I knew Paine was where I wanted to earn my degree. From the very first day, Coach Marshall has emphasized the word student in Student-Athlete. Not only is he my baseball coach but I consider him to be a friend. He and my professors, are major contributing factors of my collegiate success. They encourage and push you to excel, off and on the field. That is why I chose Paine College to further my education,” said Martin.

Adam details his Paine College experience as a “family oriented Institution that has never made him feel like a minority and always treated him with respect.” He likes the fact that professors and faculty know him personally and if a student requests extra attention with the curriculum, the educators ensure they receive it. Martin has grown during his four years at PC as a person and athlete, largely in part due to his baseball teammates that he refers to as his brothers. He is thankful for them standing by him through struggles but more importantly, helping him to continue to strive to achieve his goals athletically and academically.

Kerby Marshall, Head Baseball Coach/Asst. Men’s Basketball Coach, had the following to say about Adam; “He is the perfect baseball player that every coach dreams of, he listens and executes as he is told and is a great team player. The team looks up to him as a leader on and off the field. He also understands that he is a Student-Athlete and performs well in the classroom.” After graduation, Martin will be traveling to Canada to play Baseball.

“I would like to stress the importance of knowing what you want to do after you graduate, having a plan and working hard to attain your degree. It is important to know your weaknesses and strengths and develop them to become a better person. I am thankful for our Alumni and after graduation, I will be an active alum to continue building upon the foundation they set forth, to ensure students at Paine College are educated with integrity and distinction. It is my belief that any challenges the Institution faces, can be overcome with the support of our dedicated Alumni,” are the words of wisdom shared by Martin.

Adam discloses that he doesn’t mind watching love story movies. His favorite is “The Notebook.” When asked if he considers himself to be Ryan Gosling, (the movie’s Lead Actor) Martin smiles in approval with the comparison and says yes. On and off the field, Paine College equips its scholars with exceptional education, develops its student-athlete talent with dedicated instructors and enables its faculty to positively enhance the personal and professional lives of its student-body.

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“It’s No Secret that Paine College Motivates Success”

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/3/2017 02:54 AM

Secret Wagner, Miss UNCF-Paine College 2016-2017, is a Senior and Chemistry Major and is the first in her family to attend college. She was born and reared in Baltimore, Maryland along with her fraternal twin brother and one more sibling.  After a brief hiatus upon graduating from high school, she researched Paine College and with the assistance of the admissions staff that she declares as family, decided to enroll during the Spring semester of 2014. She is gratefully walking the halls, absorbing history, information and knowledge from the institution where many have trod during their path to success.

“To be a college student is a blessing. I am a full-time student that also works part-time. I am fully involved with campus activities and engaged in academic opportunities. This is my family. The professors and staff at Paine want to see me succeed as much as I want to succeed. They constantly motivate me to push beyond obstacles and self-doubt. It is important to me that I not only graduate, but that I remain engaged with this institution to help those that will come after me,” said Wagner.

Secret is a member of Zeta Eta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is also active in the Commuter Student Association, MAPS (Medical Association for Pre-Professional Students), Wesley Fellowship and participates in all PAC (Pre-Alumni Council) affairs. She strives to be a dedicated student and to set a positive example for her peers.

She is very proud to be representing Paine College at the UNCF NAC/PAC Leadership Conference that is in session from February 2-5 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The climax of the leadership conference is the crowning of Miss National UNCF that will take place Saturday evening, February 4. The event is open and free to the public.

Wearing the Miss UNCF Paine College crown and being awarded the title is a humbling experience. She appreciates the monumental support from the Paine College alumni, faculty and students to ensure this honor bestowed upon her, is upheld in the tradition of excellence.

When asked to describe her PC experience, Wagner had the following to say: “I believe that receiving your education, forging connections, enhancing social skills and obtaining your degree makes your college experience whole. It is critical that we learn, but also apply and share knowledge to ensure the success of Paine College. This is my home and I encourage Alumni to stay engaged and connected to the school and the students to continue the traditions of the Paine College family. The passion and commitment that I express for this institution, originates from the opportunities, values and foundation it consistently gives to me.

What God has for me, is for me and Paine College was for me.” Secret reveals that she is shy, has a love for the Disney movie “Frozen” and when she was younger, she was in a group called “Cupids Arrow” dreaming to be a singing sensation. She also mentions that the love and support of her entire family helps her to keep moving forward despite many setbacks encountered while pursuing her ultimate goal of becoming a Medical Research Scientist. Wagner is determined to achieve that vision with the sacrifice, sessions and skills that are being indoctrinated daily at Paine College, the institution that empowers students to succeed.

Global HIV/AIDS Activist to Speak at Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/23/2017 07:23 AM

Paine College in conjunction with the New Bethlehem Community Center, Inc. (NBCC) announced Global Activist for HIV/AIDS, Masonia Traylor, as the guest speaker for PC-IDEAL Wednesday Chapel Program on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

Masonia, at the tender age of 23, was diagnosed HIV positive and two weeks later found out that she was pregnant. Since her diagnosis, she has passionately dedicated herself as a Global Activist for HIV/AIDS through her nonprofit organization Lady BurgAndy.  She has reached over 60,000 young people empowering and educating them on HIV/AIDS and aspires to reach another 60,000 during the 2016-2017 school year. 

Traylor has served as a youth representative for numerous AIDS Servicing Organizations and groups including the Georgia Community HIV Prevention Planning Group, The Red Pump Project, Absolute Care, The Atlanta Area Outreach Initiative, Ryan White Planning Council, Empowerment Resource Center, Center for Black Women's Wellness, Georgia Equality’s Youth HIV Policy Advisors, Sister Love Inc., Black Women’s Health Imperative, AID Atlanta, The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists - FIMR/HIV, Georgia Department of Public Health, Fulton/Dekalb County Health Departments, Centers for Disease Control. Traylor takes pride in currently serving as an Ambassador for Kaiser Family Foundation’s “Greater Than AIDS - Empowerment & We Are Family” and CDC’s Act Against AIDS “Stop HIV Together” campaigns. She has also made recent appearances on Kiss 104.1FM, Jazz 91.9FM, Majic 107.5FM, Praise 102.5 FM, Hot 107.9FM, BET, UPN, and Fox 5 Channel. 

Ms. Traylor has worked as a Pharmacy Technician for more than ten years and is a distinguished alumnus of the Andrew Young School of Public Policy Studies at Georgia State University where her concentration was Public Policy and Nonprofit Leadership. 

About PC-IDEAL

PC-IDEAL provides education and services designed to reduce the incidences of drug addiction, HIV and HCV infections among 18-24-year-olds on campus and the surrounding community through a  3-year grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For more information about PC-IDEAL, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email: hcarter@paine.edu.  

Paine College Announces the Passing of Reverend Lucius H. Pitts, Jr., Past-Member of the Board of Trustees

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/13/2017 14:57 PM

Augusta, GA – Sadly, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President, and the Paine College Community, announce the passing of Reverend Lucius H. Pitts, Jr., past-member of the Paine College Board of Trustees. “It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to our beloved son, Reverend Lucius H. Pitts, Jr. who served with distinction on the Paine College Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Throughout his tenure on the Board, he served with great passion and love for his Alma Mater.”

The “Celebration of Life” service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2016, at Phillips Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church located at 1310 Holsey Street, Phenix, Alabama 36867.  Reverend  Gregory Scott, pastor, and Elder James Smith will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park, Columbus, Georgia.

Reverend Pitts was born January 18, 1949 in Cordele, Georgia to the late Dr. Lucius H. Pitts, Sr. and the late Daffeneeze Bates Pitts. He received his primary education in Fairfield, Alabama; attended Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama; and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Paine College. He attended Phillips School of Theology, the seminary of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Reverend Pitts served as Presiding Elder and Pastor in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. His most recent appointment as pastor was at  St. Luke C.M.E. Church in Auburn, Alabama.

Reverend Pitts and his father, Dr. Lucius Pitts, Sr. shared a common bond – they both graduated from Paine College and shared a deep love for their Alma Mater.  They were both employed at Paine College: Reverend Pitts served as Director of Admissions in 1988 under Dr. Julius S. Scott’s Administration. His father, Dr. Pitts, Sr., was appointed 9th President of Paine College and became the first African American to lead the Institution.

“As we approach the College’s 135th Founders’ Day and Homecoming Celebration, we will miss his towering presence on the campus. He was always inspiring and had words of reassurance throughout my presidency at Paine.”

He is survived by a brother, John Pitts, and a host of relatives and friends.

Condolences may be sent to the Pitts Family c/o Mr. John Pitts at 3011 18th Avenue, Apartment F, Columbus, GA 31901. For additional information, please contact Taylor Funeral Home at (334) 298.0364.

The Democratic “Forward Together” Mobilizing Tour to Visit Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/17/2016 03:55 AM

AUGUSTA, GA – On Monday, October 17, Paine College will welcome the DNC “Forward Together” Tour bus at 2 pm as it continues to cross the country working to mobilize women, students, millennial voters, and minorities encouraging them to register and vote early.

The “Forward Together” tour movement which features two buses kicked off earlier this month embarking on a 20 state tour. One bus traveled around Midwest states headed to the West Coast and the second bus started in Ohio and will eventually end up in Florida.

In each city, the tour features speeches from Democratic leaders. During the stop at Paine, Georgia Representatives Gloria Frazier and Henry "Wayne" Howard, former Congressman John Barrow, along with Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis are scheduled to speak. 

In addition to urging students to vote early and get actively involved in this year’s election, representatives will discuss issues like increasing wages, student debt, reforming the criminal justice system, and climate change.

The tour bus will park at the HEAL Complex. All University students and area residents are invited to attend. The event will conclude with a meet-and-greet and an opportunity to take photos with the speakers and officials.