Philander Smith College to inaugurate Smothers

Dr. Roderick Smothers, President, Philander Smith College

Dr. Roderick Smothers,
President, Philander Smith College

United Methodist-related Philander Smith College on Saturday, Aug. 29 will celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Roderick L. Smothers Sr. as the 14th president of the historically black undergraduate institution.

The ceremony, which begins at noon, is the capstone event of the four-day celebration, which kicks off Thursday, Aug. 27 with a campus cookout, a community symposium and the opening of an African-American art exhibit.

Friday, Aug. 28 will feature student engagement in a variety of activities, as well as the President’s Inaugural Scholarship Gala. A reception will follow the Saturday ceremony, and the weekend’s activities will conclude with an ecumenical prayer service on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m.

For additional information, including sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact C.J. Duvall, Office of Institutional Advancement, 501-370-5378 or