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Paine College

Paine College
Paine College Seal
Motto "Rejoicing In Hope"
Established 1882
Type Private
Historically black college
Religious affiliation United Methodist Church
President George C. Bradley
Students 900
Location United States
Campus Urban
64.4-acre (260,617.6 m2)
Former names Paine Institute
Nickname Lions
Affiliations NCAA (Division II), SIAC
Paine College athletics logo

Paine College is a regional accreditor the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[1]


  • Campus 1
  • Athletics 2
  • Notable alumni 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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]

Notable alumni

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 [5]
William H. Harris 1966 Past President of Paine College, Texas Southern University, and Alabama State University [6]
Mack Gipson, Jr. 1953 NASA consultant who was the second African American to obtain a Ph.D. in Geology [7]
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 [8]
Shirley McBay 1954 First African-American Dean at Massachusetts Institute of Technology [9]
Nathaniel Linsey Senior Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church [10]
Ruth B. Crawford 1939 Dir. of Shiloh Community Center and designer of the Paine College flag [11]
Mike Thurmond 1975 Attorney and first African-American elected as Georgia Labor Commissioner [12]
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 [17]
Frank Yerby 1937 Internationally acclaimed author and film writer [18]

See also


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  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Program: African American History Month Feature 2013: Paine College Historic District, Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia".  
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External links

  • Paine College official website
  • Paine College official athletics website
  • Paine College campus map
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