Phillip Smith, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, has been at Georgia State University since February 2012. He graduated from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his Bachelor of Science in business administration/marketing in 2001. A true student-athlete, Phillip played on the NCAA Division II baseball team (1B/P) and stayed active on campus as he served as a Student Development Counselor, HIV/AIDS Trainer and Activities Coordinator. Phillip is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc.After taking a trial run in the business industry, Phillip found his true passion – “the ability to help young people develop during their college years.” In 2005, he decided to pursue his master’s in higher education administration at the University of Akron (Ohio), where he completed the two-year program in a year and a half. Phillip got his first taste of the student affairs field working as the graduate assistant for Greek Life Programs. Following graduation, Phillip has had the privilege to work at Wichita State University and The University of Tennessee-Knoxville.A true family man, Phillip spends his time away from work with his wife Qiana and children Kiara, Isaiah and Lyniah. (Shh… He is also a “Buckeye” fan!!!)Favorite Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” ~ Marianne Williamson
Phillip Smith advises the Spotlight Programs Board and supervises the Cinefest Film Theater.