At the inception of his career in 1951, Dr. James A. Paschal served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in South Korea for the following two years. Subsequent to earning a bachelor’s degree, he served as a fifth-grade teacher at East View Elementary School in Americus, Georgia, until 1959. From there, he was a librarian and counselor at Staley Junior High School in Americus from 1959 to 1965 and was promoted to social worker for the Americus City System for the following two years. From 1967 to 1978, Dr. Paschal served as a coordinator of student services at Augusta Technical College, having thereafter served as director of student affairs at Benedict College from 1978 to 1982.
Alongside his primary career responsibilities, Dr. Paschal excelled in his role as coordinator of facilities for the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education from 1982 to 1989, and counselor at Monroe High School and Swainsboro High School in Georgia from 1990 to 1999. Most recently, he founded the Family Counseling Center in 2000, which sought to provide pro-bono work for individuals who were unable to afford medical services. Operating the counseling center for the following decade, he also served as the head of the counseling program at Albany State University until 2005.
A proponent of helping others, particularly students and patients, Dr. Paschal continues to pay it forward to students who cannot afford to go to college through scholarships. He has a scholarship endowment in his name at Xavier University, which was implemented this year. As a testament to his success, Dr. Paschal earned two Graduate Assistantship Awards from Fort Valley State University in 1962 and 1963, as well as a Bronze Service Medal from the U.S. Army. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking and helping others. Notably, he contributed to the aid efforts at Ground Zero during the September 11th terrorist attacks through the Red Cross.
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