AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - President Cheryl Evans Jones has announced her retirement from Paine College. She will step down at the end of June.

The college says Jones dedicated 31 years of service to Paine College. Under President Jones's leadership, Paine College has experienced significant achievements and milestones, including institutional accreditation by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, approval to offer distance education by TRACS and approval for participation in Division I South of the National Christian College Athletic Association. Also, partnering with the Augusta National Golf Club which established two endowed scholarships in the name of Lee Elder and a women's golf team for the first time in the College's history.

The college also received a $1.4 million grant from Augusta-Richmond County Commission to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, and accreditation of the Department of Business Administration by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

“It has indeed been my pleasure and honor to serve at Paine College for the past 31 years, " said President Jones. During my tenure at Paine College, I encountered some of the best students and have worked with the most dedicated faculty and staff one could hope for.  I appreciate the support received from the alumni and the Board of Trustees.  I will always have love for Paine College and pray for its continued success in producing leaders who serve.”

“The Board of Trustees extends its sincere appreciation to President Jones for her exceptional leadership and tireless dedication to advancing the mission and vision of Paine College,” said Michael Thurmond, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

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