AUGUSTA, GA – Paine College Board of Trustees appoints Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones as Seventeenth President of Paine College during the fall meeting held on October 18-19. For more than four years, Dr. Jones served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs until the Board appointed her Acting President on July 1, 2019. She succeeded Dr. Jerry L. Hardee who retired June 30, 2019.

“With over 26 years of service at Paine College, Dr. Jones has worn numerous hats and served with integrity and distinction. She has a special connection with students and alumni having served in the classroom for many years. Dr. Jones has played a vital role in the College’s accreditation efforts. She served as the Accreditation Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), as well as Director of Institutional Self-Study for Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS),” said Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chairman of the Board.

“I am honored to be chosen to lead this great institution. Paine College holds a special place in my heart. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, our esteemed faculty, dedicated staff, loyal alumni and the Augusta community to further the College’s mission and growth. It is my sincere desire to create the best possible living and learning environment for our precious students. Together, we will write a new chapter in the life of Paine College.”

About Paine College

Paine College is a private institution steeped in the tenets of Methodism that provides a liberal arts education of the highest quality. The College emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare spiritually-centered men and women for positions of leadership and service. For more information, visit www.paine.edu.

Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones

AUGUSTA, GA – Paine College Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones, has been named Acting President of Paine College effective July 1, 2019. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Jones to succeed Dr. Jerry L. Hardee who retired citing recent bouts with health issues. Dr. Hardee will remain available to render support throughout the transition.

“We are confident that Dr. Jones will provide strong and effective leadership for Paine College,” said Barbara E. Bouknight, Trustee Chair. “Dr. Jones’ ties to Paine faculty and to the community, coupled with her academic experience and ability to connect with students make her the ideal person to lead the College at this time. She has been an integral part of the campus family for 26 years and during that time her peers, students and faculty recognized her for dedication and educational talent and leadership. We look forward to working with Dr. Jones who will further the College’s mission, growth and progress.”

Dr. Jones joined the faculty in 1993 and quickly advanced from Assistant Professor of Psychology to Associate Professor and later earned tenure. For more than two decades, Dr. Jones has played a vital role in the College’s accreditation efforts. She has served as the Accreditation Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), as well as Director of the Institutional Self-Study for Transitional Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). She was appointed Paine College Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs more than four years ago, in March 2015 after filling that role in an acting capacity since September of the previous year. Dr. Jones has spent her career shaping students’ minds and preparing them for success in the marketplace and in life. At the same time, she has been a vital part of the Paine College faculty and family, helping to shape and prepare Paine to continue its mission of educating tomorrow’s leaders.

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About Paine College

Paine College is a private institution steeped in the tenets of Methodism that provides a liberal arts education of the highest quality. The College emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare spiritually-centered men and women for positions of leadership and service. For more information, visit www.paine.edu.

Bakari Sellers

Bakari Sellers, CNN Political Commentator, and the youngest African American elected official in the country, will deliver the Commencement Address at Paine College on May 5th, and Lincoln University on May 11th. The event will begin for Paine College at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday Morning in the HEAL Complex located at 1255 Druid Park Avenue, Augusta, Georgia. The event will begin for Lincoln University at 10 a.m. at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Paine College and Lincoln University commencement ceremonies are both open to the public.

Elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives at the age of 22, Sellers defeated a 26-year-incumbent and was the youngest member of the state legislature. In 2014, he won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor of South Carolina, and is considered a rising star and a voice for a generation within the party. Sellers earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina. A practicing attorney, Sellers has been a contributor to CNN, was listed in TIME magazine’s “40 under 40” in 2010, and was on “The Root 100” list of 2014 recognizing the most influential African Americans in the nation.

“We are pleased that Bakari Sellers will address the 2019 graduating class,” said Jerry L. Hardee, President of Paine College. “Bakari Sellers has emerged as the ‘voice’ for his generation. We are certain that his message will inspire our graduating seniors as they embark upon their career paths and lives.”

During Paine’s Commencement weekend of activities, Alumni will celebrate classes ending in 4s and 9s. Of special note, the Golden Class of 1969 will celebrate its 50th anniversary. This year, the College will dedicate the Commencement Convocation to the Paine high School graduates. The Class of 1944 is the last class to have graduate under the Paine High School.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to Robert and Charlene Mitchell Auditorium in Richardson Fine Arts Center at Lincoln University. Livestreaming will be available from anywhere at www.lincolnu.edu/live-stream.

AUGUSTA, GA – Dr. Sardar Yousufzai, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Paine College and the Minority Affairs Chairperson of the Savannah River Section of the American Chemical Society, will offer a six-week chemistry course for middle and high school students from June 4, 2018, to July 12, 2018. This year marks the 12th year that Dr. Yousufzai is offering the Summer Chemistry course. The objective is to prepare students with basic knowledge for science courses.

The free six-week one-hour course will cover the basic concept of Chemistry through instruction and demonstration. The course will take place on the Paine College campus in Haygood-Holsey Hall, room 220. Middle School students will meet on Monday & Wednesday from 10:40 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and High School students will meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:40 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. To register a student for the class click here.

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