About Us: President's Office

Frequently Asked Questions

How did the Campaign end and what have the Campaign funds been used for?

The Campaign for Spelman College ended with $157.8 million raised against a $150 million goal. This is the largest fundraising effort in College history. Over the course of the 10-year Campaign, scholarship support for Spelman students has tripled, and opportunities for faculty research and development have expanded significantly.  The Gordon-Zeto Center for International Education was created with a gift of $17 million, increasing opportunities for students and faculty travel, and providing financial aid for international students.  Other highlights include the creation of a signature social justice fellows program, and funding to build a state-of-the-art wellness facility.  Along with strong budget management and steady enrollment, the Campaign’s fundraising has allowed the College’s fiscal performance to remain solid.

How will the Campaign be celebrated?

The College plans to celebrate the success of the Campaign on campus in October during Homecoming weekend.  In addition, Dr. Tatum and College representatives will travel to selected cities during the course of the year to thank donors personally. More details will be shared early in the fall.

Now that the Campaign has come to an end, what’s next for fundraising?

We must continue to focus on increasing scholarship support for our students because the majority of students at Spelman need financial help to realize their dream of completing college. With reduced federal funding and increased financial pressure on Black families as a result of the Great Recession, the need for support is increasing rapidly.  Though nearly one-third of our Campaign funds were given in support of new scholarships, Spelman must generate even more scholarship dollars to ensure access, affordability and successful completion for its students. In addition, one area of campus renewal still in need of attention is our Fine Arts building.  The enhancement of our arts facility is a key priority.

What will President Tatum do when she retires?

President Tatum will turn 60 this year—a big milestone in her life.  On June 30, 2015, she will step down as President.  She looks forward to returning to her life as a scholar and a writer.

Will she still be involved with the College?

The Board of Trustees will recognize the service of Dr. Tatum with the title of President Emerita, providing a lifelong tie to the College.  She will always be welcomed and appreciated as an integral member of the Spelman community.

What is the timeline for appointing a new president?

The selection of a President is the most important responsibility of any college’s Board of Trustees.  The Spelman Board has begun preparing a timeline, which will be shared in early fall.  The timeline will include opportunities for all Spelman constituents, including alumnae, to communicate with the Board about the search.