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Board of Trustees

Spelman College Board of Trustees

Terri H. Reed, Ph.D.
Secretary of the College
DeBorah D. Wilson
Clerk of the Board of Trustees

The board provides strategic leadership to the College by employing its members' expertise in everything from finance and international affairs to philanthropy and science.

Trustee Responsibilities

A trustee acts as a member of the governing board of Spelman College which is responsible for basic oversight and governance of the institution including election of the president of the College; basic educational and fiscal policy; the granting of degrees; and promotion and tenure of faculty based on the recommendation of the president. The board’s authority as a governing body is set forth in the bylaws and is not managerial or operational in nature. Individual trustees have no authority independent of the board.

Officers of the Board

Rosalind G. Brewer, C’84, Chair
Group President & Chief Operating Officer, Starbucks Corporation

Kathy N. Waller, Board Secretary
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & President Enabling Services,  The Coca-Cola Company
Ronda E. Stryker, Vice Chair
Director, Stryker Corporation 

Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Ph.D., C’96, Vice Chair 
Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University

Board of Trustees

Walter R. Allen, Ph.D.
Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Claire “Yum” Arnold
CEO & Co-Founder, Leapfrog Services 

Theodore R. Aronson
Founder, Aronson+Johnson+Ortiz 

Gena Hudgins Ashe, C'83
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Adtalem Global Education

Mary Brock
Co-Owner, WNBA Atlanta Dream
Janine Brown
Partner-in-Charge, Alston & Bird LLP

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.
President, Spelman College

Thomas H. Castro
President & CEO, El Dorado Capital, LLC

Mary Lynne Diggs, C'77
Head Start Collaboration Director, South Carolina Department of Social Services

Kaye Foster
Senior Advisor, The Boston Consulting Group

Cynthia E. Jackson, C'81
President/CEO, Workforce Loyalty, LLC
Pamela A. Joseph
President and Chief Operating Officer, TSYS

Mark E. Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology, Spelman College

Richard D. Legon
President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)

Nia E. Malone, C'2020
Student Trustee

Gwendolyn Adams Norton
Former Senior Vice President, Wachovia Bank

Helen Smith Price, C'79
Vice President of Global Community Affairs, and President of The Coca-Cola Company Foundation

D’Rita Melinda Robinson, C’97
Founder and CEO, Chatty Guest

Dr. Loren K. Robinson, C'2003
Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Pennsylvania, Department of Health

Lovette Twyman Russell, C’83
Community Advocate and Volunteer

Suzanne F. Shank
President and CEO, Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLC

Colleen J. Taylor, C’90
Executive Vice President, New Payments, Mastercard


Tara L. Buckner, C’87, National Alumnae Association Spelman College President 
Jill C. Cartwright, C'2018,  Spelman Student Government Association President
Kathleen Phillips Lewis, Ph.D., Faculty Council President

Life Trustees

Peggy Dulany, Ed.D.
Marian Wright Edelman, Esq., C’60
Russell Edgerton, Ph.D.
Robert Holland, Jr.
June Gary Hopps, Ph.D., C’60
Yvonne Jackson, C'70 
Elizabeth McCormack, Ph.D.
G.G. Michelson
Vicki Palmer