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Trustee: Keva Wright Berry, C'79

Keva Wright Berry, C'79President, National Alumnae Association of Spelman College
B.A., Spelman College
M.Ed., Cambridge College
Spelman College Board of Trustees, Alumnae Representative: Elected in 2020
City of Residence: Portland, Maine

 

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Keva Wright Berry is the senior financial business partner for Academic Affairs at the University of Southern Maine (USM) in Portland, Maine. In this role, she provides strategic direction for the allocation and administration of resources within the Division of Academic Affairs in the context of overall priorities of the university. Her previous position at USM was as the financial manager for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences where she was primarily responsible for the financial management and administration of the Office of the Dean and College departments/schools/programs and grant-funded activities.

Prior to working at USM, she worked as a recruiter/manager’s assistant with American Express Financial Advisors and has also worked with small businesses through her affiliation with the Small Business Development Center at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.

As the administrative officer for the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network in Washington, DC, Wright Berry was responsible for the organization's overall financial and personnel administration. The QEM Network is a non-profit educational organization that is dedicated to improving the education of targeted minority groups with the belief that quality education for minorities improves the quality of education for all.

Wright Berry is a member and/or officer in various organizations including the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College.

She holds a B.A. degree in Music Performance from Spelman and a M.Ed. in Management from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Thoughts on why she chose to serve on the Spelman College Board of Trustees:
I am “True Blue” is the purest sense of the phrase. My love of Spelman College runs deep. I have demonstrated this love through my consistent gifts to the College, through leadership and membership with NAASC, and by my unwavering commitment to the vision and mission of Spelman. The majority of people who know and/or interact with me are fully aware that I am a graduate of Spelman and that I support the College with my whole heart. Having the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees is yet another chance to solidify my connection to Spelman.

I will bring a strong, solid business perspective that I have acquired via my professional life. My financial skills, my career’s work in higher education and my strong desire to see Spelman continue to thrive will be of benefit as I work with the Board. I firmly believe my unique set of skills, experience and expertise will be a true asset to the Board of Trustees of Spelman College. I am prepared and committed to fully serve in this role.

A benefit and responsibility of being president of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) is that I become the NAASC Representative to the Spelman College Board of Trustees. However, this does not begin to express the reasons why I am dedicated and honored to serve the College in this capacity.