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Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D. and the Danforth Dialogues

In Episode 3 of the "Danforth Dialogues" hosted by Morehouse School of Medicine President Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D., Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., joins her fellow Atlanta University presidents to share intimate details about some of the hardest decisions they had to make during the pandemic. They candidly discuss challenges like the mental health crisis they still face on the road ahead, and how they came together as a close knit community of leaders amid these challenges. They also talk about the path forward and how they are continuing to persevere and move the needle forward for historically Black colleagues and university systems and the stakeholder communities they serve. 

A Fond and Joyous Farewell

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, the Spelman community hosted a grand farewell featuring expressions of gratitude and love in honor of Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, the College's 10th President. Whether you enjoyed the celebration virtually or in-person, relive the memories via the tribute video that was presented during the festivities. 

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.

President Mary Schmidt CampbellIn March of 2015, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., was named Spelman’s 10th president. She began her professional career in New York, as the director of the Studio Museum in Harlem at a time when the city of New York was on the verge of bankruptcy. Under her leadership, the museum became the country’s first accredited Black fine arts museum and a linchpin in the redevelopment of Harlem. She then served as commissioner of cultural affairs for New York City under two mayors, and from there entered the world of academia as dean of New York University’s renowned Tisch School of the Arts, where she served for over two decades. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Currently, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she serves as a trustee of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the J. Paul Getty Trust, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and as a director of Unity Technologies.

President Campbell to Retire After the 2021-22 Academic Year

Keep the Faith, Dr. Campbell -- Well Wishes From the Spelman Community

Please share your fond memories, thoughts and well wishes honoring Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, the 10th President of Spelman College


President Mary Schmidt Campbell Joins Delta CEO Ed Bastain on "Gaining Altitude"

Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell Joins Delta CEO on Gaining Altitude
Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., joined Delta CEO Ed Bastian on episode six of "Gaining Altitude" for a conversation on closing the diversity gap and leading during crisis. Enjoy their provocative conversation

The American Academy in Rome to Honor Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell

Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., along with writer John Guare, and artist Julie Mehretu will be honored by The American Academy in Rome  at the 2021 New York Gala in lower Manhattan on Tuesday, October 26. The honorees are heralded for advancing the arts and humanities and exemplifying outstanding achievements in the disciplines in which Rome Prize Fellowships, Italian Fellowships, and invited Residences are conferred.


Special Guest Presenter for The Rockefeller University, Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., was the special guest presenter at The Rockefeller University, 18th Annual Pearl Meister Greengard Prize award ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. The prize was awarded to Dr. Pamela J. Björkman, the David Baltimore Professor of Biology and Bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology.


Spelman President Receives Honorary Degree From Duke University

President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Duke University during the Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony acknowledging her distinguished academic career and advocacy work in the arts and humanities. The original May 2020 ceremony was delayed until Sept. 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.



ICI Virtual Fireside Chat: What Juneteenth Means to Me, to the African American Community, and to All Americans

Juneteenth commemorates a pivotal moment in American history. Be part of the growing conversation about what this day means to African Americans, to our country, and to the ideal of freedom. Renowned art historian, curator, educator, cultural influencer, and academic Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, the 10th president of Spelman College, took part in a candid discussion moderated by Anne Robinson, managing director and general counsel of The Vanguard Group.


Spelman’s President Shares Strategies to Reduce Student Debt

Spelman’s in-depth study into the financial aid needs of our students several years ago reinforced our understanding of one of this country’s fundamental inequities: high performing, high need students are drastically underfunded. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that racial fault lines continue to make the lives of African Americans quantitatively harder than those of non-Black Americans. This is a disquieting realization.


On Oct. 27, 2020, The Wildenstein Plattner Institute hosted a virtual panel that considered the issues involved in maintaining an artist’s legacy, including the importance of archival preservation and the active documentation of the artist’s practice.

Over the next 10 years, 200 first-year students will be able to attend Spelman College with a full four-year scholarship thanks to a generous gift from philanthropists Patty Quillin and her husband, Reed Hastings, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Netflix.


PODCAST: Rockefeller Education Panel - Perspectives on Preparing for the Fall

Rockefeller Client Insights In this 10th episode of Rockefeller Client Insights, we get to listen in as Greg Fleming has a dialogue with Connie Ledoux Book, president of Elon University, Brian Casey, president of Colgate University and Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, president of Spelman College about the current state of higher education amidst the COVID-19 landscape and what preparations each leader is taking for their respective institutions and communities looking forward into the fall season. Originally broadcast live June 5, 2020.


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.”


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.


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.


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President's Update

On Saturday, June 25th, I leave Reynolds Cottage and Spelman College for the last time as President. The link below is my farewell thank you to all of you, who made it possible for us to accomplish more than we thought possible these past seven years.

Read Dr. Campbell's Farewell

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An American Odyssey by Mary Schmidt Campbell