Little Rock, Pulaski County
Mar 14, 2014
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President Philander Smith College Philander Smith College, a four year, private liberal arts institution in Little Rock, Arkansas, invites nominations and applications for the position of the President of the College. This appointment will be effective August 15, 2014. The successful candidate will have these qualifications: • Visionary leadership that understands and embraces the core values and goals of Philander Smith College; builds on its rich traditions; and vigorously promotes academic excellence, social justice, and student development. • Successful fundraising experience that will enable expanded, effective development to provide the resources needed for the present and future of the College. • A minimum of five years of administrative responsibility including successful senior-level experience that assures the ability to plan and manage the academic and financial affairs of the College, as well as create and empower leadership roles throughout the campus. • Appreciation for the heritage, mission and Christian values of this United Methodist Church-related Historically Black College. Other attributes of the successful candidate include: • An earned doctorate from an accredited university is preferred. • The ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and alumni. • Excellent communication skills of listening, speaking, and writing. • The ability to develop productive relationships with governmental, business, community, religious, school, and higher education organizations. • The ability to work constructively with the Board of Trustees to assure the College’s mission is effectively advanced and the future of the College is secure. • An understanding of and respect for the College’s relationship with The United Methodist Church. In 1877, Walden Seminary was established in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was created under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church (the forerunner of today’s United Methodist denomination) and was dedicated to the education of freed slaves with a specific purpose of educating black ministers. Renamed Philander Smith College in 1882 recognizing a financial contribution of Mrs. Adeline Smith, widow of Philander Smith, the school was chartered as a four-year College. It has served for 132 years as a center for teaching and a source of pride and guidance for generations of students. Today, Philander Smith College is a private, residential, co-educational, historically black, four-year liberal arts institution. The mission of the College has been sharpened with the launching of its Social Justice Initiative, “Think Justice,” a program unique in all of higher education. The means of fully embedding the Social Justice Initiative into the academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities of the College is an integral and on-going process. The power of the Social Justice Initiative is felt throughout the campus. It is expected of the new leadership to embrace and further this initiative. In 2007 the Board of Trustees acted to confirm the centrality of social justice to Philander’s mission and revised the mission statement: To graduate academically accomplished students, grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to intentionally change the world for the better. Located on 25 acres, Philander Smith College is near the center of the city of Little Rock, the capitol of the state of Arkansas. The city, with a population of 184,055, provides wonderful opportunities for business, education, recreation, and entertainment. Its downtown encompasses the thriving cultural and River Market District and the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. The Center, in connection with the University of Arkansas system, offers a Masters Degree in Public Service, an outstanding lecture series, and opportunities for internships. The University of Arkansas Medical Sciences and the University of Arkansas School of Law afford excellent opportunities to students pursuing medical and legal professions. Nominations and applications should be addressed to Ms. Lynda Byrd, Chair of the Search Committee and forwarded electronically to All applications and expressions of interest in the presidency will be treated in confidence. For best consideration, applications should be received by June 15, 2014. For more in-depth information, please visit Philander Smith College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on age, race, color, religion, or national origin.