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Board of Trustees

Spelman College Board of Trustees

Trustee Responsibilities

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

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.

Shenika R Swan, J.D., MBA
Board Operations Director

Spelman College Board of Trustees 2022

Officers of the Board

Rosalind G. Brewer, C’84, Chair
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

Kathy N. WallerCo-Chair
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and President Enabling Services (Retired)
The Coca-Cola Company

Ronda E. Stryker, Vice Chair
Director, Stryker Corporation

Gwendolyn Adams NortonSecretary
Finance Professional, Wachovia Bank

Board of Trustees

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

Theodore R. Aronson
Founder and Managing Principal, AJO 

Gena Hudgins Ashe, C'83
Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Anterix Inc.

Frank Baker
Co-founder and Managing Partner, Siris Capital Group, LLC

Karen Brakke, Ph.D.
Faculty Trustee
Janine Brown
Partner-in-Charge, Alston & Bird LLP

Bonnie Carter, C'89
Child Advocate, Community Volunteer,
Angel Investor

Susan Dunn
Retired elementary school teacher, volunteer and philanthropic supporter

Kaye Foster
Senior Adviser, The Boston Consulting Group

Helene Gayle
President, Spelman College

Elizabeth Gowans, C’2023
Spelman History Major

Carmen D. Harris, C’2002
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Magnus on Water
Cara J. Hughes, C’2003
Vice President, Customer and Community,
Baldwin Richardson Foods

Cynthia E. Jackson, C'81
President/CEO, Workforce Loyalty, LLC

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, C'93
Co-founder and Partner, Lawrence & Bundy LLC

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

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

Dr. Loren K. Robinson, C'2003
Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs, CHRISTUS Health

Lovette Twyman Russell, C’83
Community Advocate and Volunteer

Lawrence M. Schall, J.D., Ed.D
President of the New England Commission of Higher Education

Suzanne F. Shank
President, CEO, Founder and Owner, Siebert Williams Shank & Co, LLC

Colleen J. Taylor, C’90
President, American Express U.S. Merchant Services

Pauletta Pearson Washington
American Actress


Lisa Hibbard, Ph.D., Faculty Representative
Keva Wright Berry, C'79, Alumna Representative
Chandler Nutall, C’2023, Student Representative

Life Trustees

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