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The Search for Spelman's 11th President

Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, the 11th president will appreciate and desire to preserve Spelman’s rich legacy and resources while boldly and courageously leveraging the College’s global footprint toward strategic growth and impact. Adept at working with multiple constituencies, the president will be a gifted communicator and empathetic listener, ready to partner with faculty, staff, students, and alumnae, as well as with the general public, to ensure Spelman’s future success.

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President Campbell to Retire After the 2021-22 Academic Year

For 140 years, Spelman College has provided its students with a best-in-class liberal arts experience and is highly regarded as a global leader in higher education. As a historically Black college for women, Spelman’s abiding commitment to academic excellence, rigorous scholarship, ethical leadership and social change has served as a model of institutional sustainability.

Beginning with its founders Harriet Giles and Sophia Packard, Spelman has been led by dynamic, visionary leaders committed to fostering an intellectually stimulating environment that advances diversity and promotes action.  Selecting the next individual to lead the College – Spelman’s 11th president – is both an opportunity and a challenge enthusiastically embraced by the Spelman College Board of Trustees.  As a culture inspired by continuous improvement, Spelman seeks to engage an individual who has an appreciation for and a desire to preserve the institution’s rich legacy and resources, but also one who will boldly and courageously expand the College’s global footprint and strategically support its enlightened evolution.

Presidential Search Updates

Presidential Search Alumnae Town Hall Recording

Spelman College Campus Shot Path ForwardWe appreciate the input of the Spelman community in assisting the Presidential Search Committee in the early phases of the search, which has led to the development of a comprehensive leadership profile and recommendations for additions to a diverse and exciting pool of potential candidates. We are pleased to share this recording of a Town Hall discussion with alumnae and grateful for those who were able to attend or submit questions in advance. ...View the Alumnae Town Hall Recording.


Presidential Search Update

Spelman College Campus Shot Path ForwardDecember 10, 2021 

Dear Spelman College community:

As the fall semester comes to a close, we want you to know that the search for the 11th president of Spelman College is ongoing and we remain confident that a new president will be selected in time to accept the baton from President Campbell when she retires on June 30, 2022.... Read the full presidential search committee update from Dec. 10.


The Spelman Community is Invited to Share Their Insights

Spelman College Campus Shot Path ForwardOctober 19, 2021 

Board of Trustee members Kaye Foster, presidential search committee chair, and Gena Ashe, C’83, presidential search committee, co-chair, invite the Spelman Community to complete the President Survey by Monday, Nov. 1, 2021.


Update Following the Announcement of President Campbell’s Retirement

September 23, 2021
Dear Spelman Community,

I am writing to provide you with an update following the recent announcement of Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell’s retirement. The Board extends our gratitude and admiration for Dr. Campbell and her many accomplishments, and recognizes the critical role she played in ensuring the College’s success on many fronts. Throughout the academic year, we will share ways for the Spelman community to join us in expressing our heartfelt appreciation for all that Dr. Campbell has done during her time at the college. ...Read the full letter, Following the Announcement of President Campbell’s Retirement


A Message from President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.

President Mary Schmidt Campbell August 17, 2021
Dear Spelman Community,

Back in 2014, I received a phone call that would change my life. Spelman College invited me to put my hat in the ring to serve as its 10th president. I had always regarded the college as a national treasure and felt deeply honored even to be considered to lead such a historic institution, committed to educating Black women to become global leaders. ...Read the full Message from President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.


A Spelman College Announcement

Spelman President Campbell Retirement Announcement ATLANTA (August 17, 2021) -- Today, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., announced that she will retire as president of Spelman College at the end of this academic year, effective as of June 30, 2022.  ... Read the full Spelman College Announcement Press Release