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Board of Trustees

The College's Administration works with the Board of Trustees to shape policy and direction for the institution. The leadership and service provided by these distinguished and committed men and women of the Board of Trustees are greatly valued. Trustees who earn Emeritus status are recognized and honored for their past extraordinary service. 

Dr. Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury -
Board Chairwoman

Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Little Rock, Arkansas

Dr. Terry Esper, '96 - Board Vice Chair
The Ohio State University,
Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Debra Henry Fiser - Board Secretary
Retired, University of Arkansas Medical System
Little Rock, Arkansas

Mr. Robert "Bob" Bailey
Bailey Construction Company
Little Rock, Arkansas

Mr. Robert Blue, '68
Retired, Exxon Mobil
Little Rock, Arkansas

Dr. Etta F. Carter, '63
Retired Educator, New York City Public Schools
Little Rock, Arkansas

Mrs. Karyn Bradford Coleman, ‘14
Democratic Party of Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas

Mr. Roderick L. Dunn, '03
PSC National Alumni Association
Little Rock, Arkansas

Dr. Maurice D. Gipson
Vice Chancellor for Inclusion,
Diversity and Equity
University of Missouri 

Dr. Terrance D. Grant-Malone
St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Houston, Texas

Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson
General Board of Higher Education 
The Black College Fund
Nashville, Tennessee

Dr. Tionna Jenkins, '01
Plate It Healthy & O’nita Lee Foods, LLC
Little Rock, Arkansas

Mr. Jim Kincannon
AHBI Consolidated, Inc.
North Little Rock, Arkansas

Dr. Patti Freemyer Martin
Arkansas Children’s Hospital 
Little Rock, Arkansas

Ms. Lisa A. Menzies-Earvin
Retired, Johnson Control, Inc. National Energy
Atlanta, Georgia

Bishop Gary Mueller
Arkansas Conference- United Methodist Church
Little Rock, Arkansas

Mr. Jake Nabholz
Nabholz Construction
Conway, Arkansas

Rev. Mark Norman, '94
First United Methodist Church Benton
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Mr. F.G. "Buddy" Villines, J.D.
Retired, County Judge - Pulaski County
Little Rock, Arkansas

Rev. Dr. Ulysses C. Washington
Arkansas Conference – United Methodist Church
Little Rock, Arkansa



Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, Sr.
President/CEO, Philander Smith College
Little Rock, Arkansas

Dr. Learmond Chapman
Faculty Representative, Philander Smith College
Little Rock, Arkansas

Student Representative, Philander Smith College
Little Rock, Arkansas

Mr. David Lewis
Staff Liaison to the Board of Trustees, Philander Smith College
Little Rock, Arkansas


Dr. Charles W. Donaldson, '69
MG (Ret) Harold Gwatney
Rev. Larry W. Ross, '69
Ms. Lottie Shackelford, '79
Mr. Charles O. Stewart
Mr. Sherman Tate, '70