New Paine College president to address commission

Incoming Paine College President Dr. Jerry L. Hardee will greet the Augusta Com­mission at a rescheduled meeting Thurs­day.

 

Hardee was the Paine board of trustees’ unanimous choice in April for president and takes the helm as current president Samuel Sullivan steps down.

Hardee previously held administrative positions at Albany State University, Valdosta State University and Fort Valley State University but most recently served as dean of undergraduate studies at Life University, the chiropractic college in Marietta, for nine years.

He told The Augusta Chronicle in April that his objectives include ensuring Paine is reaffirmed by the Southern As­so­ciation of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, attracting students and heading a large capital and infrastructure fundraising campaign.

SACS voted last year to remove the college’s accreditation after two years on probation.

After Paine filed suit, the court agreed to an injunction that keeps the accreditation intact while the lawsuit is pending.

The historically black college has had a friendly relationship with the local government, and Paine alumni have served as commissioners.

Commissioner Bill Fennoy, a Paine graduate, is introducing Hardee during Thursday’s meeting.

The Thursday 2 p.m. meeting replaces the regular commission meeting scheduled for July 4.

 

Reach Susan McCord at (706) 823-3215 or susan.mccord@augustachronicle.com.

 

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