Paine leader urges excellence

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In his first public speech, Paine College's newest president said Wednesday that he envisions the college becoming a "premier" learning institution and touched on what it will take to get there.

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Paine College President George Bradley speaks in Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel during the school's convocation.  Kendrick Brinson/Staff
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Paine College President George Bradley speaks in Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel during the school's convocation.

"We should take this opportunity to recommit ourselves to the work to be done to make Paine College a premier liberal arts institution in our region," President George Bradley said during Winter Convocation.

Wednesday's convocation at Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, packed with students, professors and alumni, officially marked the start of the college's new semester and also marked the start of Dr. Bradley's tenure as Paine's 14th president.

"Your personal success becomes the success of Paine College," he said.

Integral to the success of the college is the success of its faculty, Dr. Bradley said. For the college to achieve, he said, its "collective energy" must be focused on supporting faculty members.

"Our faculty provides the informational resources that are central to our mission and our vision here," the president said. "We have to have a strong faculty."

A faculty must be committed to research, service and engaging students, Dr. Bradley said.

The college must also improve its "curb appeal," he said.

"We must let the outside see the beauty of Paine College, the things that are beautiful outside and around our campus, so we can entice the public to come to us with the great things that are happening inside our campus," Dr. Bradley said.

The college needs to work on "friend-raisers," building community support for Paine, Dr. Bradley said.

In introducing the president, Coordinator of English and Foreign Language Marva Stewart commended him for his willingness to "stand up and pull us over the horizon" and not to "blow the uncertain trumpet."

During the convocation, Dr. Bradley also took time to thank Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Curtis Martin for his service as interim president and honor his predecessor, former President Dr. Shirley A.R. Lewis, for the climate she established on campus.

The new president was selected by the college's trustees in October and took over the position at the beginning of this month.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

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jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 01/17/08 - 12:46 pm
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Wishing him the very best at

Wishing him the very best at Paine.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 01/17/08 - 05:04 pm
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I hope Dr. Bradley will be

I hope Dr. Bradley will be able to provide the academic and finanical leadership to make Paine a premier institution in our community as he states in the article. Dr. Bradley, please take advantage of the nearby medical college and develop co-programs. Allied health field is wide opened and many specialists and technicans are needed. Many persons in these jobss are well paid. It wouldn't hurt to have a nursing program too.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 01/17/08 - 05:05 pm
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I hope Dr. Bradley will be

I hope Dr. Bradley will be able to provide the academic and finanical leadership to make Paine a premier institution in our community as he states in the article. Dr. Bradley, please take advantage of the nearby medical college and develop co-programs. Allied health field is wide opened and many specialists and technicans are needed. Many persons in these jobss are well paid. It wouldn't hurt to have a nursing program too.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 01/17/08 - 05:09 pm
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I hope Dr. Bradley will be

I hope Dr. Bradley will be able to provide the academic and finanical leadership to make Paine a premier institution in our community as he states in the article. Dr. Bradley, please take advantage of the nearby medical college and develop co-programs. Allied health field is wide opened and many specialists and technicans are needed. Many persons in these jobss are well paid. It wouldn't hurt to have a nursing program too.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 01/17/08 - 05:12 pm
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I hope Dr. Bradley will be

I hope Dr. Bradley will be able to provide the academic and finanical leadership to make Paine a premier institution in our community as he states in the article. Dr. Bradley, please take advantage of the nearby medical college and develop co-programs. Allied health field is wide opened and many specialists and technicans are needed. Many persons in these jobss are well paid. It wouldn't hurt to have a nursing program too.

zeketheman
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zeketheman 01/18/08 - 01:45 am
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Welcome Dr Bradley as a

Welcome Dr Bradley as a graduate of this fine institution I personally would like to welcome you aboard. I hope you will continue to expose the community to what we offer inside the gates of this fine institition.I offer my support and I only hope all Paine graduates and friends of the college support you and the college vision for the future.

paulbush
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paulbush 01/21/08 - 01:45 am
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Dr. Bradley we welcome you to

Dr. Bradley we welcome you to our community and look forward to working with you on future projects. I look forward to being with you on Jan. 21st as your Keynote Speaker for the MLK program.

God's continued blessings:

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