Paine College has adopted a new, two-school structure, the college announced today.
The college created the School of Professional Studies and the School of Arts and Sciences.
College President George Bradley announced the changes, along with the appointment of Steven Thomas as the dean of the School of Professional Studies and Emily Williams as the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, during a news conference this morning. The new appointments come on the heels of the college's naming Marcus Tillery as the new provost and vice president of academic affairs.
More than three years ago, Paine College embarked on a five-year strategic plan calling for it to become a premier liberal arts college in the Augusta 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 houses the departments of Business Administration, Education and Media Studies. The School of Arts and Sciences contains the departments of Humanities, Social Sciences and 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, according to a news release.
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.
Williams said 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 on Monday.