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President's Letter to the Community

Staffing Announcement: Secretary of the College

September 28, 2015

Dear Spelman Community,

It is my pleasure to welcome Terri Harris Reed, Ph.D., to Spelman as secretary of the College.

As secretary of the College, Dr. Reed will serve as the chief administrative officer to the Spelman College Board of Trustees and the chief liaison between the College and the board. She will provide strategic planning in consultation with the provost, with whom she will partner on various initiatives, including organizing and directing the upcoming strategic planning process. Her responsibilities will also include leading select presidential initiatives and oversight of compliance with the rules and regulations of regulatory agencies. Dr. Reed starts her new role at Spelman on Oct. 1, 2015.

In her more than 30 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Reed has demonstrated success through thinking strategically, building relationships, and effectively leading multiple projects, which are essential characteristics for the position of secretary of the College.

She joins Spelman after serving as the inaugural vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion at  George Washington University. Previously, she was vice provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity at Princeton University, and has held academic and student affairs positions at the University of Maryland, University of Chicago, Oberlin College and at her alma mater, Calvin College. 

A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Reed received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Calvin, a Master of Education degree in higher education administration from Harvard University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in rhetoric and intercultural communication from Howard University.

Members of the president’s cabinet need a well-honed understanding of the higher education enterprise. Dr. Reed brings that institutional acumen, as well as expertise in academic and student services, institutional and external affairs, strategic advising and senior-level management. Her ethical and collaborative leadership aligns with Spelman’s values and will be beneficial to the College as we continue to provide an excellent liberal arts education for women who will become global change agents.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Reed to Spelman!


Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.