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President's Letter to the Community

Staffing Announcement: Vice President for College Relations and Chief of Staff

August 6, 2015

Dear Spelman Community,

Thank you for the opportunity to meet and greet so many members of the Spelman community this week on the lawn of Reynolds Cottage.  I look forward to the opportunity to continue conversations with faculty, students and staff as we launch the new academic year.

One of my first priorities has been to fill key vacancies on the President’s cabinet and I write now to let you know of two recent leadership appointments.
Jane Smith, Ed.D., C’68, will assume the role of vice president for College Relations, effective August 10. An accomplished educator, nonprofit executive and speaker, Dr. Smith has served as the executive director of the Spelman College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement since 2004. Prior to joining Spelman, Dr. Smith served as president and chief executive of the National Council of Negro Women and chief executive of Business and Professional Women/USA. She also held leadership positions at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and The Carter Center, and was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the National Women’s Business Council. An outstanding graduate of Spelman College, Dr. Smith succeeds Eloise Abernathy Alexis, C’86, who, this summer, was appointed chief advancement officer at Tennessee State University. Adored by students and respected by alumnae and community members alike, Dr. Smith will be responsible for leading the strategy and direction of alumnae engagement, growing student-alumnae connections, ensuring outstanding campus experiences, managing seminal campus events (including Commencement), and continuing to deliver outstanding leadership development opportunities to our students through LEADS and the Bonner Program.  
I am very pleased to also announce that, on August 15, Helga Greenfield will add to her responsibilities as associate vice president of College Relations and director of Title III and Government Relations, the position of chief of staff in the Office of the President. Ms. Greenfield brings more than 40 years of higher education experience to bear in her new role. She has served in several capacities at Spelman, including associate vice president for Advancement Operations. Prior to joining Spelman in 2007, she held leadership roles in student services and affairs, enrollment management, and institutional advancement at Meharry Medical College, Shaw University, Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University. As evidence of her national stature in her field, Ms. Greenfield currently serves as the vice president and president-elect of the National Association of HBCU Title III Administrators, Inc.  A superb manager of the College’s Title III funding, she will continue in that role and in her leadership of Government Relations. Title III and Government Relations will now reside in the Office of the President.

The cabinet and the Office of the President will have the benefit of Dr. Smith and Ms. Greenfield’s wisdom, depth of experience and their abiding love for Spelman College. Please join me in congratulating both as they continue to serve the College with distinction in their new roles.

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.