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President's Letter to the Community

Announcement: New Vice President for Student Affairs

March 9, 2018

Dear Spelman Community,

It is my pleasure to welcome Darryl Holloman, Ph.D., to Spelman College as vice president of student affairs. His tenure begins April 2, 2018.

As vice president for student affairs, Dr. Holloman will be responsible for supporting a student life agenda that promotes the growth and development and academic success of each and every Spelman student. He will oversee program development, financial management and personnel administration for all student development functions including the Office of the Dean of Students, Housing and Residence Life, Counseling Services and Student Access Center, Student Health Services and Campus Wellness, Student Life and Engagement and Student Judicial processes.

Dr. Holloman brings many talents to Spelman. He is a dynamic student affairs administrator, as well as a scholar and teacher. His extensive experience in higher education, student affairs and student life will be significant in moving forward the College’s strategic plan with his commitment to an approach to student affairs that weaves together student well-being, academic excellence and the promotion of a healthy campus community.

Dr. Holloman joins Spelman from Georgia State University, where he is associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Prior to Georgia State, he was assistant vice president for student life and an assistant professor at Columbus State University. During his four years at Rutgers University-Newark, he was assistant dean of student affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences and was later promoted to associate dean of students and director of the Paul Robeson Campus Center, a campus-wide center devoted to student success. He has also served as a full-time faculty member at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

An Atlanta native, Dr. Holloman earned three degrees from Georgia State: a doctorate in educational policy studies; a master’s degree in human resource development; and a bachelor’s degree in English, with a concentration in creative writing. He has presented more than 80 research papers at conferences and authored several articles and book chapters. Dr. Holloman's research agenda examines how cultural identities and cultural distinctions shape college experiences.

We look forward to creating opportunities to introduce Dr. Holloman to our campus community, when he arrives just in time for our Founder's Day celebrations.

I take this opportunity, also, to thank warmly our departing vice president, Darnita Killian, Ed.D. A Spelman alumna who counts several generations of Spelman alumnae as part of her legacy, she has served Spelman for over seven years with a warmth, devotion to Spelman's values and an administrative skillfulness that have served the College and our students well. We are grateful for her service and continuing contributions during this time of transition.

Thanks as well to the members of the vice president for student affairs search committee, co-chaired diligently and expertly by Provost Sharon Davies and Vice President for College Relations Jane Smith, Ed.D., and staffed by Greta Kelley, manager of human resources. They presented us with a strong slate of candidates and careful deliberations that brought us to an excellent outcome. Committee members were Desiree Pedescleaux, Ph.D., Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper, Ph.D., Kai McCormack, Ph.D., Jimmeka Guillory Wright, Ph.D., Nicole Johnson, Ave Marshall, Ed.D., Steve Bowser and Leah Herring, C'2019.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Holloman to Spelman and thanking Dr. Killian and the vice president of student affairs search committee for their contributions.


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