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Presidential Search

Presidential Search

For nearly 140 years, Spelman College has provided its students with a best-in-class liberal arts experience and is highly regarded as a global leader in higher education. As a historically Black college for women, Spelman’s abiding commitment to academic excellence, rigorous scholarship, ethical leadership and social change has served as a model of institutional sustainability.

Beginning with its founders Harriet Giles and Sophia Packard, Spelman has been led by dynamic, visionary leaders committed to fostering an intellectually stimulating environment that advances diversity and promotes action.  Selecting the next individual to lead the College – Spelman’s 10th president – is both an opportunity and a challenge enthusiastically embraced by the Spelman College Board of Trustees.  As a culture inspired by continuous improvement, Spelman seeks to engage an individual who has an appreciation for and a desire to preserve the institution’s rich legacy and resources, but also one who will boldly and courageously expand the College’s global footprint and strategically support its enlightened evolution. 

Update from the Search Committee Chair

Celeste Watkins-Hayes March 25, 2015
Dear Spelman Community,

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean emerita of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, is a finalist in the Spelman College presidential search.  ... Read More

Letter From the Board Chair

Rosalind Gates BrewerSeptember 2, 2014

Dear Spelman College Community:

I am writing to provide you with an update following the recent announcement of Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum’s retirement.  While we look forward to celebrating Dr. Tatum’s many accomplishments during the coming year, we also have begun to focus our attention on finding the best person to serve ... Read More

Message from the Search Committee Chair

Celeste Watkins-HayesSeptember 12, 2014

Dear Spelman Community, 

The selection of the president is widely considered to be the most important responsibility of the Board of Trustees.  It is a great honor to be entrusted to lead Spelman in this effort as the chair of the Presidential Search Committee.  ... Read More