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Office of the President


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

President Dr. Roderick Smothers, Sr.


As the 14th President of Philander Smith College, it is my honor to greet you and to welcome you into the Philander Smith Experience! Furthermore, I am privileged to continue along the journey along with members of the college community – students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters – in helping to move Philander Forward!

Our aim at Philander Smith College 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 21st 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 by 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 under-utilize 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,

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

Office of the President

Kendall Science Building
Phone: 501-370-5275


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