Paine College announces game-changing partnership

Paine College officials are announcing a monumental partnership during Spring Opening Convocation, on Wednesday.
Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 10:34 AM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Paine College officials are announcing a monumental partnership during spring opening convocation on Wednesday.

Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones, president, and the board of trustees will be hosting the event at Gilbert Lambuth Memorial Chapel, beginning at 11 a.m., which is open to the public.

The partnership is with Botanical Sciences, for scholarships and equipment for research.

A Paine College trustee says, “Now Paine will be the leading college in medical cannabis research in the state of Georgia.”

The convocation is the official start of the spring semester. This is the first time at the start of the semester that all students, faculty, staff, trustees, and alumni come together to celebrate the opening of the academic term.

Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones “It’s an exciting time for Paine students and faculty, the partnership will allow increased stem opportunities for research for students.”

Jones says that the details are still being worked out, but will be starting immediately.

“We are delighted with all of the things that have happened for Paine College and we are looking forward to the future and other partnerships of this kind that are going to help our students in many ways,” Jones says.

Dr. Robin Fowler, founder of Botanical Sciences, says, “We are very excited because its a very unique relationship, this will span from scholarship program to job placement, to intern and externships, there’s a lot of research development opportunities in the medical canvas world and we are very fortunate to be apart of the class 1 license of the state of GA and serving the patients of Georgia.”

Gary Long, CEO of Botanical Sciences, says, “It’s an incredible opportunity, because there are a lot of needs. From both research and development side as well as dispensing and other as the product becomes available in the state of Georgia. Being able to have a unique relationship with Paine College its going to pay dividends for them and for us. we are very excited about it.”

Fowler states, “Production is going wide open, we are looking forward to serving the patients really soon. but when it comes to size we are really fortunate of having the large grow license so we will be able to grow more product, help more patients and fund more research like the one here with Paine College.”