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Board of Trustees

Spelman College Board of Trustees

The board provides strategic leadership to the College by employing its members' expertise in everything from finance and international affairs to philanthropy and science.

Trustee Responsibilities

A trustee acts as a member of the governing board of Spelman College which is responsible for basic oversight and governance of the institution including election of the president of the College; basic educational and fiscal policy; the granting of degrees; and promotion and tenure of faculty based on the recommendation of the president. The board’s authority as a governing body is set forth in the bylaws and is not managerial or operational in nature. Individual trustees have no authority independent of the board.

Terri H. Reed, Ph.D.
Secretary of the College
DeBorah D. Wilson
Clerk of the Board of Trustees

Trustees

Walter R. Allen, Ph.D.
Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
Co-investigator, “Educational Diversity in U.S. Law Schools"
B.A., Beloit College
M.A. and Ph.D., University of  Chicago
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2012

Claire “Yum” Arnold
CEO, Leapfrog Services 
B.A., Mary Baldwin College 
Honorary Doctorate, Mary Baldwin College 
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2008

Theodore R. Aronson
Founder, Aronson+Johnson+Ortiz 
B.S., University of Pennsylvania,
The Wharton School of Business
M.B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 
The Wharton School of Business 
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2004
Chair, Investment Committee

Gena Hudgins Ashe, C'83
Chief Legal Officer, Brickman Group
B.A., Spelman College
M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2014

Rosalind G. Brewer C’84
President and CEO, Sam's Club
B.S., Spelman College 
Advanced Management Program, University of Pennsylvania, 
The Wharton School of Business
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2006
Chair of the Board and Chair of the Executive Committee

Mary Brock
Co-Owner, WNBA Atlanta Dream
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2012

Janine Brown
Partner-in-Charge, Alston & Bird LLP
B.A., University of Michigan 
J.D., Duke University 
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2008
Chair, Board Affairs Committee

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.
President, Spelman College
B.A., Swarthmore College
M.A., Syracuse University
Ph.D., Syracuse University
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Ex Officio

Thomas H. Castro
President and Chief Executive Officer El Dorado Capital, LLC,
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2013

Donald A. Coleman
Chair and CEO, GlobalHue
B.A., University of Michigan
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2011

Kimberly B. Davis, C’81
Senior Managing Director, Teneo Holdings
B.A., Spelman College
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2008
Chair, Human Resources Committee

Mary Lynne Diggs, C'77
Head Start Collaboration Director
for South Carolina Department of Social Services
B.A., Spelman College
M.S., Webster University
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2013

Kaye Foster-Cheek
B.A., Baruch College of the City
University of New York
M.B.A., Columbia University 
Graduate School of Business
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2014
Mya Havard, C'2017
Student Trustee
Major, Mathematics | Minor, Computer Science

Cynthia E. Jackson, C'81
President, B2B Workforce
B.A., Spelman College
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2013

Pamela Joseph
B.A., University of Illinois
Spelman College Board of Trustees:  Elected in 2014

Mark Lee, Ph.D.
Chair & Associate Professor of Biology,
Spelman College
B.S., Morris Brown College
Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2015

Richard D. Legon
President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
B.A. and M.P.A., George Washington University
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2011

Gwendolyn Adams Norton
Executive Program, Louisiana State University, 
Graduate School of Banking of the South
B.A., College of William and Mary
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2008 
Chair, Buildings and Grounds Committee

D’Rita Melinda Robinson, C’97
Founder and CEO of Chatty Guest
B.S. Spelman College
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected 2016

Lovette Twyman Russell, C’83
Community Advocate and Volunteer 
B.A., Spelman College 
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2009
Chair, Student Affairs Committee

Suzanne F. Shank
President and CEO of Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC
B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology
M.B.A., The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2011

Esther Silver-Parker
President and CEO
The SilverParker Group 
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2010

Ronda E. Stryker
Director, Stryker Corporation 
B.A., University of Northern Colorado 
M.A., Western Michigan University 
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 1997 
Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Developmental Committee

Kathy N. Waller
Vice President and Controller, The Coca-Cola Company 
B.A., University of Rochester
M.B.A., William E. Simon School of Business Administration, University of Rochester
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2009
Chair, Audit Committee

Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Ph.D., C’96 
Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University 
B.A., Spelman College
M.A. and Ph.D., Harvard University
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2009
Chair, Student Affairs Committee

Representatives

Daphne L. Smith, C'80, National Alumnae Association Spelman College President
Romie Tribble, Faculty Council President
Zarinah Mustafa, C’2016, Spelman Student Government Association President

Life Trustees

Laura Chasin
Peggy Dulany, Ed.D.
Marian Wright Edelman, Esq., C’60
Russell Edgerton, Ph.D.
Robert Holland, Jr.
June Gary Hopps, Ph.D., C’60
Yvonne Jackson, C'70 
Elizabeth McCormack, Ph.D.
G.G. Michelson
Vickie Palmer

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