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Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.

President Mary Schmidt CampbellOn Aug. 1, 2015, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell began her tenure as the 10th president of Spelman College. A leading liberal arts college for women of African descent located in Atlanta, Georgia, Spelman has long enjoyed a reputation as the nation’s leading producer of Black women scientists.

Prior to arriving in Atlanta, Dr. Campbell was a major force in the cultural life of New York City. Her career in New York, which included various challenging roles, began at the Studio Museum in Harlem where she served for 10 years. Her role there began at a time when the city was on the verge of bankruptcy and Harlem was in steep decline. However, under her leadership, the museum was transformed from a rented loft to the country’s first accredited Black Fine Arts Museum. Dr. Campbell also established herself as a stalwart supporter who championed the need for professional development opportunities for women and people of color in the arts.

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President's Update

Dear Spelman Students,
President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., has accepted my recommendation to expand the Pass/Fail option for spring semester 2020, based on a poll of Spelman’s faculty.



UnitedHealth Group Announces $8.25 Million Data Science Initiative Partnership With the Atlanta University Center Consortium

Spelman College is part of a new initiative designed to prepare students within the Atlanta University Center Consortium to meet the growing demand for data scientists and data analytics experts.

“The colleges in the Atlanta University Center, for decades, have been in the vanguard of educating African Americans who succeed in STEM fields,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., president of Spelman. “This gift is an investment in our commitment to continue that primacy in STEM by making the AUCC a center of excellence for the study of data science across a range of disciplines in medicine and the liberal arts.”

PODCAST: An American Odyssey – Mary Schmidt Campbell on Artist Romare Bearden

In her biography, "An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden," art historian and Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., chronicles the life and career of the influential African American artist Romare Bearden. Listen as she takes a deep dive into his life and carer on this podcast.


New Center will Solidify Spelman’s Place at Intersection of Science, Arts

President Campbell speaks with reporter Maria Saporta and explains how Spelman's proposed Center for Innovation and the Arts has been central to bringing her to Atlanta. “I want to look back over my shoulder and say, ‘I came to this rich storied place, and I made a contribution that took it to the next level,’ ” she said. “Whatever we do has to capture the uniqueness of the black woman’s voice,” as stated in the article.


Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell Sheds New Light on Romare Bearden

 "In her new book, "An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden," Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, president of Spelman College, embarks on a comprehensive and contextual journey through Bearden’s life, art and legacy. In doing so, she sheds light not only on the breadth and importance of Bearden’s work, but on how the artist gave voice to a generation and a culture through his self-expression," as reported in an ArtsATL article by Laura Relyea.


Closer Look: New Ga. Reps; Spelman's President; And More

Beginning at approximately at the 9:09 time stamp, Dr. Campbell discusses the first year of her presidency and how liberal arts colleges address current concerns about funding.


Spelman College Receives $30 Million Gift From Trustee Ronda Stryker and Spouse, William Johnston, to Support New Center
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American Talent Initiative’s Impact Report Cites Spelman College's Efforts to Increase Graduation Rates
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An American Odyssey by Mary Schmidt Campbell

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