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Roderick L. Smothers Sr., Ph.D.


A Message From Our President: Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, Sr.




2016 continues the new chapter in the long storied history of Philander Smith College. In my second year as President of this great academic institution, I am excited to join everyone in the college community –students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters – in continuing to move Philander Forward!

At Philander Smith College (PSC), our aim is to strengthen and maintain enthusiasm for academic rigor and excellence, to inspire and educate the next generation of leaders, and to share a desire to do things that will positively impact our community, state, nation and world. Those who depend on PSC for quality talent to help drive our local and state economic engine should know that we will continue to prepare our students to become the leaders of tomorrow. They will be the resolute innovators in their fields who are prepared for the 21 st century global economy. We are committed to continue making a difference in every single life in our sphere of influence.

We are improving and expanding our offerings and resources that our students and faculty need in order to be the very best they can be. In 2016, we are already employing creative strategies that attract talented students and increase our enrollment.

We are committed to fulfilling our mission to not only serve those on campus, but also those in the larger community as well. As an urban institution of higher education, we play a significant role in solving many of the problems plaguing the Greater Little Rock Metro area and humankind in general.

I remain a firm believer that the sky is not our limit; we are. We limit ourselves when we fail to believe in ourselves and underuse our talents. We become unlimited when we surround ourselves with those who believe in us and those in whom we believe, those who inspire us and those who are inspired by us, as well as those whose expectations are as high as ours, and whose commitment is as strong as our own. Here at Philander Smith College, we are unlimited in our ability to making the world better.

Now, let us, together, continue on our steadfast quest to move Philander Forward!

Sincerely yours,

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Roderick L. Smothers, Sr., Ph.D.




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