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Ingrid Hayes, Dr. Andrea Lewis Selected for Council of Independent Colleges Leadership Academies Share a Spelman College Press Release

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Mashaun D. Simon
Twitter: @SpelmanMedia 

ATLANTA (June 10, 2019) - A Spelman College executive and a faculty member have been selected to participate in a prestigious leadership development academy. 

The Council of Independent Colleges selected Ingrid Hayes, Spelman's vice president of Enrollment Management, to participate in its 2019-2020 Executive Leadership Academy. Dr. Andrea Lewis, Ph.D., C’96, associate professor and chair of the Education Department, will participate in the Council’s 2019–2020 Senior Leadership Academy. 

Hayes, who is among 17 senior-level participants selected for the academy, is the first person to be nominated from Spelman for ELA.

“We are ecstatic that Ingrid Hayes and Dr. Andrea Lewis will be members of the Council of Independent Colleges’ 2019–2020 Executive Leadership and Senior Leadership Academies,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., Spelman president. “Ingrid and Andrea have been invaluable in steering Spelman’s efforts to fulfill one of the tenets of our strategic plan – preparing students for life and career. Their participation not only expands their experience, but also enhances Spelman’s ability to develop global change agents. We could not be prouder.”

With nearly 30 years of undergraduate admissions and enrollment management experience, Hayes has consistently enhanced the quality of Spelman’s applicants, increased enrollment and automated processes to improve delivery of services to students.

Under her leadership, the College experienced a 118 percent increase in applications, which resulted in incremental increases in enrollment.

"My desire to participate in ELA stems from my long-standing interest in higher education administration. Including my current role as a member of the senior leadership team at Spelman College, I have had the great fortune to work with committed leaders at exceptional institutions," said Hayes. "I am hopeful that ELA will provide greater perspective on ways that I can further grow professionally."

Well known as an advocate for education equity, teacher preparedness, and cultural competency, Dr. Lewis was recently awarded an Impact Academy fellowship, which helps academic administrators build leadership skills through a year-long fellowship that combines intensive in-person learning experiences with ongoing coaching and mentoring. This year, Dr. Lewis co-edited “Unsung Legacies of Educators and Events in African American Education” book with Nicole Taylor, Ph.D., associate professor of education, that highlights the contributions of 22 educators and events that have shaped the field of education.

Lewis organized the College’s first faculty-led trip to Havana, Cuba in 2016. The program has continued to expose students to the historical, cultural, economic, and political understandings of schooling and education on the island for the last three years.

Dr. Lewis is the seventh Spelman administrator selected for the SLA.

"Being chosen to participate in and represent Spelman as part of the SLA is an honor. I am a firm believer that success is determined mostly by passion, purpose and impact, which are the tenets I work to instill in my students,” said Dr. Lewis. “Through this opportunity, I hope to enhance my skills and perspectives as an effective and thoughtful leader, resulting in greater success for myself and Spelman.”

CIC, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the American Academic Leadership Institute co-sponsor the Executive Leadership Academy, with generous support from Academic Search, Inc. For more information about the Executive Leadership Academy, visit

About the Council of Independent Colleges
The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 769 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges, and other higher education affiliates that work to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education's contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges, universities and state-based councils. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications, and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes, and institutional visibility. It conducts the most significant annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers in the United States. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

About the American Academic Leadership Institute
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Academic Leadership Institute is committed to the full development and support of leadership in higher education by creating and implementing programs and other forms of assistance that enable academic leaders in various administrative positions to be successful in their roles and to advance to higher areas of responsibility. AALI prepares leaders for private and public higher education through programs operated in partnership with CIC and AASCU. The Senior Leadership Academy, with CIC, and the Becoming a Provost Academy, with AASCU, prepares mid-level administrators for vice presidencies. The Executive Leadership Academy, conducted with both CIC and AASCU, prepares vice presidents for presidential leadership.

About Academic Search, Inc.
Academic Search, Inc. is an executive search firm dedicated to serving higher education institutions and related organizations and is the only search firm in the nation with a formal relationship to a premier leadership development program. Based in Washington, D.C., the company is the wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academic Leadership Institute, and works to strengthen the ongoing commitment by Academic Search to leadership development as well as the identification of outstanding candidates for positions. Academic Search provides substantial financial support to CIC's signature leadership programs, including the Executive Leadership Academy and Senior Leadership Academy, through grants by AALI.

About Spelman College 
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 51 among all liberal arts colleges and No. 1 among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Starbucks Group President and COO Rosalind Brewer, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones. For more information, visit


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