Assistant to the VP / Alumni Relations Officer, Philander Smith College
R. Roosevelte Williams III is a native of Opelousas, Louisiana and greatly values the support of his family, especially that of his four older sisters. While enrolled at Philander Smith College, he served in numerous leadership capacities, such as the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities 2016 HBCU All-Star, 2017-2018 Student Government Association President, and a chartering member of the campus’ 100 Black Men Collegiate 100 Chapter. In addition, her served on a team that re-imagined the college's Social Justice Institute. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. by way of the Beta Chi Chapter and served as 2017-2018 Arkansas Assistant District Director, 2019-2020 Southwestern Region Assistant Vice-President, and 2019 National College Brother of the Year. Williams completed a service year with AmeriCorps City Year Little Rock, as well as campaigned in 2019 and 2020 for Arkansas State Representative of the 36th House District. Throughout his time in college and now into his early adulthood, he has been developing his own youth program, FOCUS, which stands for Financial Literacy, Opportunity, Commitment, Unity, and Success. Upon graduation in May 2020 with a degree in Liberal Studies, concentration in Political Science, he continued his professional experience as the Assistant to the Vice-President of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations Officer at Philander Smith College. With the interest areas of community development, education policy, and civil rights, he is currently enrolled in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Master of Public Administration Program and the Arkansas Certified Public Manager Program.