Paine College Board Chairperson Silas Norman Jr. announced in a press release today that Dr. George Bradley, president of the college, has resigned effective immediately.
Bradley indicated a desire to “spend more time with his family” and stated that the college is “well positioned to achieve future success.”
Earlier this year, Paine College was placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges after the school was found to be in violation of several standards including fiscal stability, control of finances and the handling of federal student financial aid programs.
If Paine College doesn’t correct its violations by next June, the private university’s accreditation could be revoked.
For months, Bradley has been under fire by some members of the staff, alumni and students.
Just this year, a website called The Paine Project was created by some members of the Paine College alumni, staff, faculty and students at Augusta’s historically African-American college demanding Bradley step down as president.
The website, thepaineproject.net, claimed Bradley has brought “unprecedented mismanagement to the college’s financial and fiscal affairs, and intimidation and threats to faculty, staff, and students.”