Academics: Office of the Provost

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Spelman College Graduates with President Beverly Daniel Tatum

Office of the Provost

Johnnella Butler, Ed.D.

Rockefeller Hall, Room 106

Johnnella E. Butler has been provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Spelman College and professor in the Department of Comparative Women’s Studies since 2005. Prior to Spelman, Dr. Butler held appointments at the University of Washington – Seattle as professor of American Ethnic Studies with appointments in English and Women’s Studies, and associate dean and associate provost of the graduate school, where she established an award-winning program. At UW, she prepared 25 Ph.D. students in African-American and American Ethnic Literary Studies. Prior to UW, Dr. Butler taught early in her career at Towson State and was the first Black woman to be tenured at Smith College.  Read more


The provost is the senior officer of the College, responsible for the academic affairs of the institution. The provost reports directly to the president and oversees the following areas:

Duties and responsibilities include the role of chief adviser to the president and to the faculty on academic affairs for which the provost formulates educational policies, presenting them to the faculty for consideration and to the president for approval; overseeing and enhancing academic programs and the academic work of the College; reviewing and recommending proposals related to academic programs; and staffing the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.  The provost also calls the attention of the College, and specifically the faculty, to changing thoughts and practices in higher education.

The Office of the Provost is responsible for recruitment, orientation, and retention of faculty. The provost recommends, in consultation with the Tenure and Promotion Committee,  candidates for tenure and promotion.

Provost Staff

Vice and Associate Provosts

Executive Assistant to the Provost
Beverly Walker

College Accreditation Coordinator
Venetta I. Coleman, Ph.D.

Manager of Faculty Human Resources

Karla Williams

Program Coordinator
Cynthia Hudson

Database Processor/Administrative Assistant
Joya Marshall

Senior Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
Dianne Whyte

Vice Provost
Myra Burnett, Ph.D.

Associate Provost of Research
Carmen Sidbury, Ph.D

Associate Provost for Global Education
Dimeji R. Togunde, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Deans