Philander Smith College

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Philander Smith College
Established 1877: Walden Seminary
1882: Philander Smith College
Type Private, HBCU
Endowment $3 million
President Dr. Johnny Moore
Students 600
Location Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Colors Green & Gold
Affiliations United Methodist Church
UNCF
Website philander.edu

Philander Smith College is a private historically black college, four-year undergraduate liberal arts institution, located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Philander Smith College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and a founding member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Philander Smith College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Mission of Philander Smith College is, "To graduate academically accomplished students who are grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to change the world for the better." [1]

History[edit]

Philander Smith College was officially founded in 1877 under the name of Walden Seminary as a means of providing education opportunities for freed slaves west of the Mississippi River. The school was renamed Philander Smith College in 1882 to recognize the financial contributions of Adeline Smith, the widow of Philander Smith. The college was chartered as a four-year college in 1883 and conferred its first bachelor’s degree in 1888. In 1933, it merged the assets of the George R. Smith College in Sedalia, Missouri, which burned down in 1925.[2] In 1943, Philander Smith was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Philander Smith College was a pioneer during the civil rights movement as many of its students engaged in nonviolent resistance against segregation laws (such as sitting in at "whites-only" lunch counters).[citation needed]

Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough became the 12th and current president of Philander Smith College in 2004 at the age of 37. At that time, he was dubbed the first college president from the hip-hop generation, and was the youngest HBCU president and one of the youngest college presidents in the nation.[citation needed]

Rankings and Education Conservancy[edit]

Kimbrough joined the Education Conservancy in its criticism of U.S. News and World Report college rankings by signing a letter circulating among college presidents that asks them not to participate in the peer assessment portion of the survey.[3][4]

On Feb. 21, 1989 - Philander Smith ended the longest home-court winning streak in NCAA Division III women's basketball history with a 92-89 victory over Rust College of Holly Springs, Mississippi.

Athletics[edit]

Philander Smith teams, nicknamed the Panthers, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Men's sports include basketball and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, track & field and volleyball.

Philander Smith College Panther 2012-2013 Men's basketball team made history by bringing home their 1st Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) tournament title.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
"Geese" Ausbie former Harlem Globetrotters player and coach
James Hal Cone 1958 major figure in systematic theology and liberation theology
Joycelyn Elders 1952 former Surgeon General of the United States
Calvin King 1975 farm developmer, and the President of the Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corp
Lottie Shackelford former mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas
Elijah Pitts 1961 former Green Bay Packers player
Al Bell founder of Stax Records and former president of Motown Records
Robert L. Williams 1953 prominent figure in the history of African-American psychology
Scipio Africanus Jones coursework before transfer to Shorter College lawyer and businessman

Notable faculty[edit]

Name Department Notability Reference
Lee Lorch mathematician and civil rights activist

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "About Philander". Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Kamara, Margaret (28 June 2007). "Are U.S. News Rankings Inherently Biased Against Black Colleges?". Diverse Issues in Higher Education. 
  4. ^ "Growing Challenge to ‘U.S. News’". Inside Higher Ed. 18 May 2007. 
  5. ^ "Panthers Bring the GCAC Championship Home". Retrieved 12 June 2013. 

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Coordinates: 34°44′13″N 92°16′57″W / 34.73686°N 92.28249°W / 34.73686; -92.28249