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Hershell D. West

Hershell D. West

PROMISE Asst. Director

College of Education and Health Professions

(RHRC)-Rehabilitation, Human Resources, and Communication Disorders

Phone: 479-684-8643

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Hershell West received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Arkansas in 1996. Following his bachelor's degree, Hershell worked at Arkansas Support Network for 11 years. He worked in the roles of community support specialist, supported employment coordinator, regional program director and director of case management. He served on the advisory board of People First of Northwest Arkansas.

In 2006, he joined Presidential Conversions serving in the role of Assistive Technology Professional and Home Modification & Accessibility Coordinator. Provided technology & services to alleviate issues with mobility accessibility. Provided mobility evaluation assessments for powerchair & scooter needs. Offered solutions to give individuals the ability to access in their homes and community. Provided assistive technology solutions for persons with disabilities in the workplace, home and school.

In 2014 he joined the University of Arkansas as a member of the PROMISE Leadership Team with the Arkansas PROMISE Model Demonstration Project.  He currently serves as the Co-Project Director for Arkansas PROMISE.  The Arkansas PROMISE Project is a 35.7 million, five-year grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Profession and the Arkansas Department of Education. In this role he assists in providing oversight of the Arkansas PROMISE MDP, one of five research projects funded from an interagency collaboration of the U.S. Departments of Education, Health & Human Services, Labor and the Social Security Administration. Partnered with Arkansas state agencies to help develop and implement a model demonstration project that provides coordinated services and supports designed to improve the education and career outcomes of children with disabilities receiving SSI, including services and supports to their families across 25 of the 75 counties in Arkansas.


Disability and Social Security/Ticket to Work

Employment Transition for SSI youth

B.A., University of Arkansas, Psychology, 1996

Community Distinction Award--2015  Arkansas Support Network

Recognition for continuing efforts to help create a caring and inclusive community. Supporting Choices and Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities and their Families.

Outstanding PROMISE Team Member Award--2018 Arkansas PROMISE--University of Arkansas

Recognition for consistently performing at high levels, going above and beyond expectations, while exhibiting a team spirit of unity and collaboration.