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I thank God for Paine College. I took one SPED course as a student in the Education Department. As an alumna, I paid my dues as a life member of the PCNAA, and fully engaged in alumni activities. As a faculty member and administrator, I served in many roles–Distinguished Professor, Special Assistant to the President, Director of Institutional Advancement, Interim Chair of the Music Department, Chair of the Committee on Curriculum, Instruction, and Academic Programs, Faculty Leader for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and community servant in churches and civic organizations throughout the CSRA–from 1998 through 2008. I received my last check in 2009.
Retrospectively, Dr. Shirley A. R. Lewis publicly announced her resignation on December 6, 2006, which was the same date of my mother’s death in Augusta, GA, at University Hospital. I put my hat in the ring to become President of Paine College in 2007, but I never received an interview. Dr. George Bradley was named President at the end of 2007, and I was his first casualty in 2008 when I told him that he would hear me speak the truth. That was a general statement from me, though I did not even know what truth he feared hearing.
Dr. Gloria Williams Way, who was the Faculty Representative to the Board, was engaged in a conversation with him in 2008 when she became a casualty. I spoke at her funeral in October of 2011. I will speak the truth when summoned, and I will have written documentation from her and me with me when I arrive to speak on her behalf, my behalf, and on behalf of the disenfranchised stakeholders of Paine College–many of whom helped Dr. George Bradley to engage in unethical behaviors before having become casualties themselves. All leaders are accountable to God, and God is still in control–even when those leaders are dishonest, oppressive, unjust, immoral, and unethical. Those poor decisions that were/are made on the backs of students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents, alumni, donors, and all stakeholders–past, present, and future–will be handled by God. Those who stood on the sidelines and watched all of the errors occur are not without fault, either. Here is a reminder from the Word: “Vengeance is mine. I will repay.” I still love Paine College, and I will do all that I can do to help it to continue its legacy of building leaders since 1882. That is what God requires of me and anyone who is interested in the survival of Paine College.