About Public Administration

The department of Public Administration at Arkansas Baptist College is in action for solving problems and creating solutions. We believe graduates of our programs are the leaders of tomorrow, shaping the future in the classroom, in administration, in academia and in many other areas. The future of Public Administration is strong and growing. Global, national and local problems require solutions from trained public administrators and policymakers.  The department of Public Administration at Arkansas Baptist College is preparing those leaders.

Public Administration at a Glance

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration affords students an opportunity to prepare for professional management and leadership careers at all levels of government;  federal, state, county as well as non-profit entities.  In addition, after completion of a four-year degree students are prepared for rigors of graduate education.  A Minor in Public Administration will assist students in learning how administrators lead, direct and administer programs as well as understand the structure and functions of the government.

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION PREPARES STUDENTS to become leaders in both the public, non-profit and business sectors.

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IMPACTS THE WORLD as student participate in service learning activities, faculty-guided fieldwork and community focused researched in local, state, national and international affairs.

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SHAPES THE FUTURE by meeting students were they are.  The department of Public Administration mentors students and encourages success

The department of Public Administration at Arkansas Baptist College is also in partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health with a 4 +1 program.  Normally, a student must have a bachelor’s degree to be admitted to graduate school.  The BA/MPH program between Arkansas Baptist College and the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health (COPH) allows selected Arkansas Baptist College students to apply to the COPH and, if admitted, start their MPH program as early as their junior year.

Courses in Public Administration

PAD 114 Introduction to Public Administration

PAD 210 Government Management & Decision Making

PAD 318 Introduction to Public Budgeting

PAD 320 Administrative Law

PAD 321 Public Personnel Administration

PAD 354 Public Policy Administration

PAD 415 Ethics in Public Administration

PAD 416 Senior Seminar 1/II



  • Emergency Management and Preparedness Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management will advance your career in public safety, homeland security and disaster recovery. This program will provide an overview of public safety research, theory, and principles within an emergency management framework.


  • Public and Community Healthwill provide multiple options for undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a deeper education and career in the field of public health. By taking public health courses, they will develop the skills and foundational knowledge needed to examine the health of local, national and international populations in theircareer.


  • Conflict Managementwillprovideanalysis and resolution for students taking a series of core courses that provides a background in conflict theory, analysis and conflict resolution skills. Required courses will cover conflict analysis and resolution at three levels: interpersonal conflict, community/organizational conflict and global conflict.

Serena M. Hill, M.P.A., Department Chair

SeRena M. Hillisoriginally from Forrest City, Arkansas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She began her career in Public Service upon completion of her undergraduate studies in the area of city government. She then pursued and obtained an advanced degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). During her graduate studies, she worked with developmental students at UALR. She has always had a strong desire to nurture and assist students in becoming successful in their studies and careers. She is a certified conflict mediator.  She has worked in several positions on the state and federal government levels, which has allowed me to compile a rich and vast knowledge of Public Administration and its functions.  Currently, she is enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Public Administration at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville.
Phone: 501-420-1327

SeRena Hill
Arkansas Baptist College
Department of Public Administration
1620 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

Leonard Williams, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dr. Leonard Williams, a native of Greenville, Mississippi.  He obtained his Ph.D. in Educational and Foundational Leadership from Jackson State University, a M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Housing and Community Development as well as a B.A. in Political Science.  He has completed post graduate work in the field of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.  He has an extensive background in City/County operations, land use planning and non-profit management, school and community relations as well as health, physical education and recreation.

Phone:  501-420-1328
Dr. Leonard Williams, Jr.
Arkansas Baptist College
Department of Public Administration
1620 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

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