Paine College regains its accreditation

Paine College regains its accreditation
Paine College (Source: Anderson, Jasmine)

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) - Paine College is hosting its 16th annual Presidential Scholarship Gala & Masked Ball Friday night. The ball is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resorts next to SRP Stadium in North Augusta.

At a press conference held before before the gala, Paine College president Dr. Jerry L. Hardee announced that the college is now accredited by SACS and TRACS.

A judge has ruled in favor of the historically black institution regarding its appeal of its SACS accreditation.

“He ruled that SACS was premature in saying on October 11th that Paine was not accredited. When, in fact, he is saying that Paine never lost its accreditation because the restraining order should have remained in place he as directed.”

That judge is giving the college the chance to appeal again. They will remain accredited through that process.

“Paine College. A wonderful little institution. And while many people thought it would be out of existence now, we’ve been in existence for 137 years and we plan to be around for 137 more,” said Dr. Hardee.

Paine College lost its accreditation but has been fighting to get it back. President Hardee has remained hopeful throughout the process.

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