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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.

Darnell Williams, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
Phone: (501) 370-5273

As Executive Vice President, Dr. Williams provides high level executive support to the President and to the Board of Trustees. He is the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the Office of the President. Other senior level executive duties and responsibilities include: serving as the liaison to the Board of Trustees and to the President's Senior Management Team; organizing and coordinating executive outreach and external relations efforts, and overseeing special projects.

Dr. Darnell Williams has taught at The Ohio State University, Jackson State University and Bishop College. He has also taught in the Gary, Indiana Public Schools, and the Garland, Texas Public Schools, where he served as the Director of Bilingual and Compensatory Education Programs. During his tenure at Langston University, he served in several administrative and professorial positions: Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, where he developed and implemented the Graduate Program in Education; developed and directed the Langston University Center for International Development, which included its internationally recognized Study Abroad Program and the undergraduate degree program in International Education; and Professor of English, English as a Second Language(ESL), Bilingual/Multicultural Education, Spanish and French. Dr. Williams has served as a consultant for many colleges and universities in the areas of accreditation, program development, and assessment.

Dr. Williams received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Spanish and French from Bishop College(1966), the Master of Arts Degree in Spanish(1968), the Specialist Certification in English as a Second Language(1969), and the Doctor of Philosophy Degree(Ph.D.) in English Education(1973), all earned at and conferred by The Ohio State University.

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Hazel Arnett Ervin, Ph.D. 
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Phone: (501) 370-5276

As Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Hazel Arnett Ervin's responsibilities will be coordinating and supporting academic programs, teaching, research, 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 as a professor of literature and literary criticism; consultant to curriculum development and assessment; and an administrator, including a tenure at Morehouse College as Director of General Education.

In addition to an A.B. degree in English with secondary English Education certification 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. She is the editor of several best-selling collections, including African American Literary Criticism; The Handbook of African American Literature; Ann Petry’s Short Fiction: Critical Essays; Critical Responses to Ann Petry; and A Community of Voices on Education and the African American Experience—A Record of Struggles and Triumphs.

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Mr. Terry C. Wallace  
Vice President for Fiscal Affairs
Phone: (501) 370-5224

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, Athletics and the Physical Plant.  Wallace serves on the board of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.


Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow
Dean of Religious Life and Campus Culture.
Phone: (501) 370-5344

As Dean of Religious Life and Campus Culture/Chaplain, Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow functions as pastor to the college campus including developing and providing religious services and an array of student services and opportunities for spiritual growth consistent with appropriate Christian witness. He also serves as the primary representative for church relations. In addition, he has been charged with leading the college in the efforts to transform our culture.

Rev. Ronnie Miller Yow has served at Philander Smith College as Chaplain/Director, The Office of Religious Life since 2006.  In addition, he is an ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church and pastor, Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.  In 2015, President Smothers promoted Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow to the senior leadership as Dean of Campus Culture and Religious Life with the task of initiating a very important part of the PhilanderForward Era which is to transform the culture of Philander Smith College.  Under the leadership of Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow, the Campus Culture Transformation Taskforce is bringing together a plan that will assist in addresses some of the concerns of our community. 

Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and the Masters of Divinity Degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.



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Mr. Maurice Osborne
Dean of Enrollment Management
Phone: (501) 370-5211

Maurice D. Osborne came to Philander Smith College as director of Admissions in February 2016, after have spent ten years as a recruiting and admissions professional at Langston and Grambling State universities. At Langston, he served as associate director and director of recruitment, admissions and outreach programs; and at Grambling, as chief recruiting officer, admissions counselor and coordinator of tele-counseling and technical support. While at Langston, he also served as resident director for Scholars Inn and as a paraprofessional with the Guthrie, Oklahoma Public School System.

The Los Angeles, California, native earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration.  He and wife Shameika are the parents of three children: Jonathan, Olivia and Joel



Mr. David Lewis 
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Phone: 501.370.5326

 Mr. David J. Lewis joined the Philander Smith College team in October 2015.  In his current capacity as Interim Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, Mr. Lewis provides leadership for an array of student recruitment, transition, retention, and support services.  More specifically, Mr. Lewis provides direct administrative oversight to the areas of recruitment and admissions, records and registration, student financial aid, student conduct, campus safety and security, housing and residential life, student leadership, engagement, and Greek life, religious life, career and volunteer services, disability access services, counseling services, and student health services.  Mr. Lewis also provides administrative support for the campus’ federally-funded TRiO-Upward Bound program.  As a strong advocate for students, student development, and student success, Mr. Lewis has worked with underrepresented groups in higher education for his entire professional career. 

Prior to joining the Philander Smith College team, Mr. Lewis served as the inaugural Director for the Student Retention Services department at the University of Missouri – St. Louis where he was responsible for designing and successfully implementing student transition and student success programs as part of institution-wide retention initiatives.  In addition to his experience in Student Retention, Mr. Lewis has also had experiences in new student orientation, student programming and engagement, volunteer services, student governance, leadership development, and staff development.  Through various initiatives and appointments, Mr. Lewis has had the opportunity to contribute to institutional student success efforts through service on a variety of committees throughout his career including the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee, Advising Services Committee, Faculty Assembly Committee on Recruitment, Advising, Retention, and Student Financial Aid, Student Affairs Assessment Team, as well as the First Year Experience Steering Committee – to name a few.  Outside of full-time, professional appointments, Mr. Lewis has also pursued volunteer projects and contract work in the areas of co-curricular evaluation and assessment in the post-secondary environment, strategic planning, and organizational effectiveness. 

Mr. Lewis attended Southern University and A&M College at Baton Rouge and later earned his Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2008).  Additionally, he holds a Master of Education degree in Adult & Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis (2010). 




Mrs. Sericia Cole  
Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Phone: (501) 370-5378

Sericia Cole joined the Office of Institutional of Advancement in January 2016 in the role of Associate Vice President for Advancement and External Relations.  Ms. Cole previously served in the Philander Smith College Advancement Office as Director of Public Relations from 2006-2010. A Little Rock native, Cole was most recently Executive Director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Arkansas’s museum of African American history and culture. Prior to that, she served in the administration of former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe as his Director of External Affairs. Cole also helped launched the Little Rock chapter of City Year, Inc., as its founding Development Director. She studied Radio/TV/Film at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has extensive experience working in television, radio, public relations and publishing.    

A Little Rock native, Cole sits on the board of directors of Goodwill Arkansas and on the advisory council of the UALR Nonprofit Leadership Studies Advisory Council.  Past board affiliations include the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County, and the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, among others.

A graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXIV, in 2005 she was named by Arkansas Business as one of its “40 Under 40” and in 2009, one of Soiree’ magazine’s “Women to Watch” and early this year, Soiree also named her as “One of 7 People to Meet in 2016.”


Mr. Brian Clay
Director of Campus Information Systems
Phone:  (501) 370-5378

Brian D. Clay was born in Memphis, TN. He graduated from Philander Smith College in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science before completing his Master’s in Information Science Management in 2013 at Walden University. Currently Brian is pursuing a doctorate in Business Administration and Information Systems at Walden University, and looks forward to completing this work in 2018.

As the director of Campus Information Services, Brian specializes in creating an environment that brings the best in technology and connectivity to students, staff, and faculty. The ability to enrich the learning experience of students is truly his passion, however, and he seeks to continue to grow with his staff. Brian also serves on the executive council, functions as the Director of Campus Information Systems, and is the chief database architect on campus. His work on campus since taking over as Director of CIS has seen the acquisition of visualized desktops for computer labs, increased bandwidth, numerous cost saving methods deployed,  and the implementation of new computing software and hardware that have jumpstarted Philanders next technological leap forward. Mr. Clay was also awarded the Philander Smith College staff member of the year award for 2014-2015.

He and his wife Angela and their 3 lovely children Jordan, Phoenix, and Brian Jr. (BJ) enjoy their family time together and watching Jordan’s Lady Razorback basketball games.