George C. Bradley has resigned as president of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. In a statement, Silas Norman, chair of the board of trustees said that Dr. Bradley “desires to spend more time with his family and believes that the college is in a good state to transition out.”
President Bradley took office in October 2007. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. He earned a doctorate in higher education from Iowa State University.
In June the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed Paine College on accreditation probation. The college has 12 months to address the commission’s concerns or it could lose its accreditation. Colleges that lose their accreditation are no longer eligible to participate in federal financial assistance programs.
In July a website called The Paine Project debuted online. The website was highly critical of both President Bradley and board chair Silas Norman. A post on the site stated that the well-being of the college “can only be accomplished by the ouster of George C. Bradley and his administration from the leadership of Paine College.” The site says that President Bradley “has brought unprecedented mismanagement to the college’s financial and fiscal affairs, and intimidation and threats to faculty, staff, and students.”
Samuel Sullivan, provost and vice president of academic affairs, is now serving as the acting president of Paine College.