144th Founder’s Day Commemoration

144th Founder’s Day Commemoration

The 144th Founder’s Day Commemoration at Philander Smith College will be celebrated at a special Chapel Service, Thursday, April 1 at 11 a.m. as a part of the Homecoming Week activities. PSC alumnus and religious leader Rev. Mark Norman, ’94, will serve as the guest speaker.

Norman is the newly appointed Senior Pastor of Highland Valley United Methodist Church. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion from PSC and currently serves as a member of the institution’s Board of Trustees. He was honored at PSC's 12th Annual Living Legends ceremony in 2019.

A Little Rock native, Norman earned the Master of Divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology and 

for the past eight years has served as the district superintendent and chief mission strategist of the Southeast District within the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Further, his involvement in the denomination has included service on the United Methodist General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, and serving as a delegate to the 2016, 2019, and 2020 General Conferences, having been the first-elected clergyperson to the Arkansas delegation.

“We always look forward to this annual time of gratitude for our founders and for those who have helped sustain Philander Smith College for more than a century. We encourage students, faculty, staff, and friends to join us for this momentous occasion,” said Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow, Lead Pastor, Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, College Chaplain, and Dean of the Office of Religious Life and Campus Culture.

For more information, contact Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow at 501-370-5296.