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President's Cabinet

The Vice Presidents and Senior Administrators of the College comprise the President's Cabinet. These senior administration officials work closely with the President to establish goals and priorities for Philander Smith College.

Rev. C.J. Duvall
Vice President of Institutional Affairs

Rev. C.J. Duvall, Jr. serves as Vice President of Institutional Affairs.  Duvall is responsible for directing and coordinating strategies to raise funds to support the mission of the college by building a strong college endowment, creating capital campaigns, building scholarship donations and leading planned giving efforts.

Rev. Duvall is a former Fortune 250 executive from the wireless communications industry and a former member of the Philander Smith College board of trustees.  Duvall has a B.A. degree in Behavioral Science from Missouri Baptist University, a M.S. degree in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from Purdue School of Science and a M.T.S. degree from Eden Theological Seminary and has served in the United Methodist Church as a senior pastor in the Central District of the Arkansas Conference.

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Hazel Arnett Ervin, Ph.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs 

As Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Hazel Arnett Ervin's responsibilities will be coordinating and supporting academic programs, teaching, and oversight of the institution’s accreditation. As a member of the president’s executive cabinet, Ervin will have a key role in helping shape and sustain the college’s intellectual life.

Ervin has been president of the Atlanta, Ga.-based HBCU-General Education Alliance, which brings together national leaders, academicians and members of communities to engage in dialogue about quality education in America, particularly for underprepared and underrepresented students of color. Over the last 25 years, she has worked in higher education both as a professor and an administrator, including a tenure at Morehouse College as Director of General Education.

In addition to an A.B. degree in English from Guilford College, Ervin holds a master’s degree in African American Literature from North Carolina A&T State University. In 1993 she earned her Ph.D. in African American Literature from Howard University.

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Kevin B. Hamilton
Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students

As the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students at Philander Smith College, Mr. Kevin Hamilton provides leadership and guidance to a division consisting of Religious Life, Career Services, Campus Security, Disability Services, First Year Student Advising, Residential Life, Greek Life, Student Involvement and Leadership, and Student Conduct. He received a bachelor’s of arts degree in Communications from Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., and a master’s of Education degree in College Student Personnel from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif. He is in his final year of coursework towards a doctorate degree in Higher Education Leadership from Azusa Pacific University.

Mr. Hamilton has worked in student leadership positions at Lyon College, University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix College, and Texas Tech University.

Kevin Hamilton, Interim VP of Student Affairs

Michael Hutchinson
Director for Public Relations and Marketing

Mr. Michael Hutchinson provides more than 20 years of experience in the communication field to include marketing, public relations, fundraising and special event planning. Before joining the Philander Smith  College staff, he served as Annual Fund and Special Events Director in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Mr. Hutchinson implemented the Governor's Luncheon, one of the college's premier fundraising events, earning more than $100,000 in its first year.

Mr. Hutchinson earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has served as a communicaitons leaders in several capacities ranging from the Mayor of Little Rock's office to the Southwestern Bell, where he negotiated more than $2.5 million in annual sponsorships.


Joseph Jones, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Social Justice Institue

Dr. Joseph Jones received his bachelor's degree in political science from Philander Smith College in 2000.  He holds a master's and doctorate degrees in political science from Clark-Atlanta University.  Dr. Jones was a 1999 fellow Black Panther Party Research Project at Stanford University and a 2010 fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.  In 2012 he was awarded the Fannie Lou Hamer Community Service Award by the National Conference of Black Political Scientist by his colleagues.  He currently serves as a board member on the Arkansas Interfaith Alliance and the Little Rock Cradle to Prison Pipeline Coalition.


Terry Wallace
Vice President for Fiscal Affairs

A native Arkansan, Mr. Terry Wallace received his bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in accounting from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  With over 25 years of financial management experience in the private business sector, he started as a consultant at Philander in 2005 and was named Vice President for Fiscal Affairs in September 2008. The Office of Fiscal Affairs has oversight of the Business Office, Human Resources, Auxiliary Services, Computer Information Systems and the Physical Plant.  Wallace serves on the board of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership as chairman of the membership committee.


Damien N. Williams
Vice President for Enrollment Management

Mr. Damien N. Williams comes to us from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, TX, after serving as their Dean of Students.  He has also worked in different administrative capacities at Texas College, Jarvis Christian College, and Northeast Texas Community College.

As Vice President for Enrollment Management, he oversees the offices of admissions, financial aid, and the registrar.

Mr. Williams received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Dallas Baptist University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership and management from Capella University.

Mr. Williams has a vast background in student affairs and brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the areas of religion, student development, retention, ethics and adults in HBCU's and Community Colleges.

Damien Williams, VP of Student Enrollment