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Introducing Our 10th President: Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell

Message From the President-elect

April 8, 2015

To the Spelman Community,

I am deeply honored to have been elected by the Board of Trustees to serve as the 10th President of Spelman College. In the days following the announcement, I have been the recipient of an outpouring of good wishes and congratulations and I take this opportunity now to thank you for welcoming me so warmly into the Spelman family.  ... Read More

Message From the Board Chair

Dear Spelman Community,

I am incredibly pleased to announce the Spelman College Board of Trustees has unanimously and enthusiastically elected Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell as the 10th president of Spelman College.  ... Read More 

About Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell

Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell has been a leader in education, the arts and the public sector for nearly 40 years. Early in her career, she led the Studio Museum in Harlem at a time when the city of New York was on the verge of bankruptcy and Harlem was in physical decline. Under her leadership, the museum was transformed from a rented loft into the country’s first accredited Black fine arts museum with a permanent collection, major publications, exhibitions and artists-in-residence programs. She personally curated a number of groundbreaking exhibitions, wrote catalogue essays for world-renowned artists and organized group exhibitions, all of which became regarded as landmarks in the literature on Black art and American culture. When she departed in 1987, Dr. Campbell was widely recognized as a lynchpin in the economic revitalization of the 125th street corridor in Harlem and a major visual arts center.  ...Read More

"I am delighted by the selection of Dr. Campbell as the 10th president of Spelman College. Dr. Campbell has an extraordinary profile with the experience, energy, and passion that matches what the Spelman community identified as important to lead our college into the next chapter.” -- Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Ph.D., C’96, Vice Chair, Spelman College Board of Trustees, Chair, Presidential Search Committee 

"Spelman College could not have made a more outstanding choice than Mary Schmidt Campbell to be its next president. She is an institution-builder, and she draws the best out of everyone around her." -- John Sexton, President, New York University