About Dr. Anderson
Dr. Phillis Nichols Anderson
Dr. Phillis Nichols Anderson is a champion for youth and families. An education reformer with more than 25 years of experience in K-16 public education, she is a Socially Conscious
Dr. A, as we know her, served as key member of the Lighthouse leadership team for over six eyars. She is responsible for building our Arkansas region from nothing to a strong group of five schools. Dr. Anderson also supported Lighthouse’s growth from a couple of schools in New York, to a network with over twenty schools in eight states. She provided leadership or supervised schools and regions across the network, but the Arkansas area is where her talents were truly evident.
Dr. Anderson is an impeccable leader with a wealth of experience and innovative solutions. Her unique ability to recognize, understand, and explain complex issues in education administration revolutionized my thinking and my actions. She constantly provided me with proven systems and structures to maximize productivity and effectiveness in my role as an executive leader. At the heart of all the support she provided, she sought solutions that were in the best interest of children. Her work ethic, values, and vision were a constant source of motivation as she led by example. From her influence, my growth personally and professionally was transformational. Working with her has been an invaluable experience!
For over five years I have worked closely with Dr. Anderson in the conception and establishment of Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter Schools and to a lesser extent Pine Bluff and Capital City Lighthouse Charter Schools. None of those effort would have have come to pass without her commitment, strength and dedication to improving education of youngsters of our local community and state, as is well recognized by the local board, parents, and students who are the beneficiaries of her drive and talent.
From our first meeting, I was impressed with Dr. Anderson’s commitment to serving children in high need communities. She has exceptional communication and leadership skills. She is a team player. I relied on Dr. Anderson for advice and counsel on a wide range of organizational issues. The accomplishments of the team she lead are well known in Arkansas. Under her leadership, and with her direct involvement, the team she recruited developed a network of high performing charter schools in Arkansas/Oklahoma that now serve close to 2,000 students.
From the Blog
I was driving through Northeast D.C. on my way to work. It was summertime and we were working hard to prepare for the upcoming year. As I turned the corner, I saw a shirtless kid riding a bike heading in my direction. As we met, I tried to keep my eyes straight ahead...
Tulsa Legacy Charter School, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Provided strategic and operational support the school’s inaugural Executive Director in the school’s first year as an independent charter school. Assisted with budget development, staffing plan, facilities planning, master schedule development and board relations.
Arkansas Lighthouse Board
New Hope Baptist Church, North Little Rock
Managed the development of new operational policies and financial management procedures which helped position the church for multi million dollar construction investment. Assisted with the design and early project management phases of the construction of a 40,000 sq/ft educational and ministry center.
Goodwill Industries, Little Rock, Arkansas
Provide technical support in the development an application for an adult charter school. Researched and reviewed necessary state and federal education regulations that allowed for waivers necessary to operate this innovative charter school model.
Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Arkansas
Provide strategic and operational support to the Office of the President. Managed the planning for and re-launch of the Philander Smith Social Justice Institute. Acted as institutional liaison to local and national philanthropic and capacity building organizations.
The Mind Trust, Indianapolis, IN
Provide executive coaching to school leader in development year of a middle school. Worked with the school leader to create a work plans that focuses on developing school model, instructional leadership, and community and family engagement. Assisted the school leader in developing budget projections, school staffing plan, and a strong board / staff professional development plan.
ScholarMade Achievement Place
2410 S. Battery Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72206
P. O. Box 55930
Little Rock, Arkansas 72215