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Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Ph.D., C’96: Letter to the Community

Celeste Watkins-HayesMarch 18, 2015

Dear Spelman Community:

I am pleased to announce that the Presidential Search Committee (PSC) has invited a finalist in the presidential search for a campus visit on Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27.  This visit will give many of you, Spelman College’s constituents, an opportunity to meet a recommended finalist and provide feedback to the PSC.

Please plan to join us for a campus town hall on March 26 at 10 a.m. in Sisters Chapel for a presentation by our special guest. There will also be opportunities for faculty, students, staff, and alumnae to join in smaller conversations with this finalist over the two-day visit. 

Our commitment to the integrity of the process remains a high priority.  We hope you continue to have confidence in this process and that you have experienced it as smooth, appropriately inclusive and transparent. We know you are excited to learn the identity of the finalist. However, in deference to privacy considerations, the name of the finalist scheduled for the upcoming campus visit will be released via email just prior to the individual’s arrival on campus. We appreciate your patience and understanding and look forward to seeing you during the campus visit.

During the visit, any member of the College community will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the finalist via a survey.  The survey will be sent via email and available on the website from Thursday, March 26, at 10 a.m. to Friday, March 27, at 5 p.m.

After the campus visit, the PSC will have a chance to review the feedback and make its final recommendations to the Board of Trustees.  We have every expectation there will be a positive outcome to this finalist’s visit and the PSC is prepared to move quickly or pivot swiftly in response to your feedback, as appropriate.

Again, thank you for your interest and participation to ensure we successfully identify the best person to serve as the 10th president of Spelman College.   I look forward to writing again soon to provide you with additional updates on the search.

Respectfully yours,

Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Ph.D. C’96
Vice Chair, Spelman College Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee