AUGUSTA, GA – Paine College Board of Trustees appoints Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones as Seventeenth President of Paine College during the fall meeting held on October 18-19. For more than four years, Dr. Jones served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs until the Board appointed her Acting President on July 1, 2019. She succeeded Dr. Jerry L. Hardee who retired June 30, 2019.

“With over 26 years of service at Paine College, Dr. Jones has worn numerous hats and served with integrity and distinction. She has a special connection with students and alumni having served in the classroom for many years. Dr. Jones has played a vital role in the College’s accreditation efforts. She served as the Accreditation Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), as well as Director of Institutional Self-Study for Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS),” said Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chairman of the Board.

“I am honored to be chosen to lead this great institution. Paine College holds a special place in my heart. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, our esteemed faculty, dedicated staff, loyal alumni and the Augusta community to further the College’s mission and growth. It is my sincere desire to create the best possible living and learning environment for our precious students. Together, we will write a new chapter in the life of Paine College.”

About Paine College

Paine College is a private institution steeped in the tenets of Methodism that provides a liberal arts education of the highest quality. The College emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare spiritually-centered men and women for positions of leadership and service. For more information, visit

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