Second Open Letter to the Board of Trustees, Paine College, Augusta, Georgia
August 6, 2014
As perhaps you know, or should know, the continuing viability of Paine College ultimately depends upon you. Its academic standing and relevance, fiscal soundness and accountability, and future depend upon you.
Georgia law governing Trustee Boards is quite clear about duty. You have mandated duties of care, loyalty, and obedience. More specifically, board members are mandated to actively participate in planning and decision-making and to make sound and informed judgements. When acting on behalf of the College, board members must put the interests of the college before any personal or professional concerns and avoid potential conflicts of interests. Members must also ensure that the College complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and, that it remains committed to its established mission.
The most important measure of the viability of Paine College is fiscal soundness and accreditation, not the state of buildings and grounds. Accordingly, the facts are present and the failure of the Bradley administration is definitive. An immediate consequence is a drastic decline in fall recruitment. Now, the question is what will the Board do about it. Outcome of the latest meeting suggests nothing.
You should know that efforts are under way to legally pierce your veil of secrecy and to ascertain whether or not you have been faithful to your mandated duties. Be advised that a legal assault will subject the Board and the Bradley administration to a high degree of transparent scrutiny. Until the proper time, the formation and actions of this emerging concerned group will shroud itself with the same degree of secrecy the Board has maintained.
Grady L. Cornish, PhD, 1969 Graduate