Paine College

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Paine College
Paine seal violet.png
Paine College Seal
Former names
Paine Institute
Motto "Rejoicing In Hope"
Established 1882
Type Private
Historically black college
Affiliation United Methodist Church
President Samuel Sullivan (Interim)
Students 880
Location Augusta, Georgia,
United States
Campus Urban
64.4-acre (260,617.6 m2)
Nickname Lions
Affiliations NCAA (Division II), SIAC
Paine College athletics logo

Paine College is a private historically black college located in Augusta, Georgia. The college is experiencing financial issues and has been placed on probation by its regional accreditor the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[1]


Paine College has a 64.4-acre (260,617.6 m2) acre campus in the heart of Augusta, Georgia. Most of the college's buildings, including residence halls, classroom buildings, and the library, are located in the main campus area. The athletic field, gymnasium, tennis court, and the chapel/music building are included in the rear campus area.

A historic district within the campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 26, 2012. It was listed for its contributions to education and to African-American heritage.[2]


The college's athletic teams are known as the Lions. Paine College currently competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). Men's sports that include: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, softball, track & field and volleyball.

The college's football returned to play in 2014 after a half-century absence.[3] In their first season back the football team finished 2-8[4] before the program was again shut down.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

This is a list of notable alumni of Paine Institute and/or Paine College.

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Channing Tobias 1902 civil rights activist and appointee on the President's Committee on Civil Rights [6]
William H. Harris 1966 Past President of Paine College, Texas Southern University, and Alabama State University [7]
Mack Gipson, Jr. 1953 NASA consultant who was the second African American to obtain a Ph.D. in Geology [8]
Emma R. Gresham 1953 Mayor of Keysville GA (1985-2005) and the second African American female to be elected as a chief official in Georgia [9]
Shirley McBay 1954 First African-American Dean at Massachusetts Institute of Technology [10]
Nathaniel Linsey Senior Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church [11]
Ruth B. Crawford 1939 Dir. of Shiloh Community Center and designer of the Paine College flag [12]
Mike Thurmond 1975 Attorney and first African-American elected as Georgia Labor Commissioner [10]
John Wesley Gilbert 1886 First African-American Archaeologist [13]
Lucius Pitts 1941 First African-American president of Paine College [14]
Elias Blake HBCU advocate who helped develop the Upward Bound program and past president of Clark College [15]
Joseph Lowery President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference 1977-1997 [16]
Woodie W. White 1958 Bishop of the United Methodist Church [10]
Frank Yerby 1937 Internationally acclaimed author and film writer [17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Doug Lederman (June 20, 2014). "A College Loses Accreditation". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Program: African American History Month Feature 2013: Paine College Historic District, Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia". National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Saints prove need for revised playoffs - Tuesday Morning Quarterback - ESPN". 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  4. ^ "Paine College Athletics - @PaineAthletics Football Claw the Way to Victory Over Tigers, 45-34". Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  5. ^ Gay, Chris. "Paine College is one and done in football | The Augusta Chronicle". Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  6. ^ "Tobias, Channing H. (1882-1961) | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed". Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  7. ^ "Source for Learning, Inc: About us". 2004-08-10. Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  8. ^ "Paine College Homepage". Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  9. ^ "Georgia Magazine". 2002-09-05. Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  10. ^ a b c "Alumni Spotlight | Paine College Alumni". Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  11. ^ J.E. Geshwiler. "Bishop Nathaniel Linsey, 84: Was leading official in Christian Me". Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  12. ^ "Renaming and Dedication of Ruth B. Crawford Highway | Paine College Office of Communications & Marketing". Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  13. ^ "1884 John Wesley Gilbert :: Paine College Library Digital Collection". Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  14. ^ "Lucius Holsey Pitts : CV" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  15. ^ "Elias A. Blake Jr.; Clark College President Advanced Black Schools". 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  16. ^ "Joseph Lowery : Biography". Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  17. ^ "Frank Yerby (1916-1991) | New Georgia Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2015-03-16. 

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