Trustees: Beverly Daniel Tatum
President, Spelman College
B.A., Wesleyan University
Master’s Degree, Hartford Seminary
Master’s Degree and Ph.D., University of Michigan
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Ex Officio
City of Residence: Atlanta, Georgia
Scholar, teacher, author, administrator and race relations expert, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is the ninth President of Spelman College.
Prior to her appointment to the Spelman presidency in 2002, she spent 13 years at Mount Holyoke College, serving in various roles during her tenure there as Professor of Psychology, Department Chair, Dean of the College and Acting President. Prior to joining the Mount Holyoke faculty in 1989, Dr. Tatum was an Associate Professor and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Westfield State College in Westfield, Massachusetts, and a Lecturer in Black Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Dr. Tatum is a clinical psychologist whose areas of research interest include black families in white communities, racial identity in teens, and the role of race in the classroom.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Tatum taught her signature course on the psychology of racism. She has also toured extensively, leading workshops on racial identity development and its impact in the classroom. Her latest book, Can We Talk about Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation, released in 2007, explores the social and educational implications of the growing racial isolation in public schools.
Dr. Tatum is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees including from Agnes Scott College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Bridgewater State College, Mount Holyoke College, Salem State University, Westfield State College, Washington and Lee University, Westfield State College and Wheelock College. In 2005, she was awarded the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education for the innovative leadership she has provided in the field of education.
Actively involved in the Atlanta community, Dr. Tatum is a member of several boards including the Executive Committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Woodruff Arts Center, the Community Foundation of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education, where she serves as Vice Chair. In addition, she co-chaired the Early Education Commission of the United Way.