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Frequently Asked Questions

When does Dr. Campbell’s retirement become effective?
Dr. Campbell will retire at the end of 2021-2022 academic year, effective as of June 30, 2022.


Why is Dr. Campbell retiring?

Dr. Campbell decided to come out of retirement in 2015 because she felt she could make meaningful contributions to this extraordinary institution. After Dr. Campbell’s six years in the role, today Spelman is in a position of strength and is well-equipped to continue to advance its mission.

That’s why after much thought, Dr. Campbell made the difficult decision that the end of the 2021-2022 academic year is the right time to re-enter retirement and pass the baton onto the next leader so they can continue to build on Spelman’s momentum.


Has the Spelman College Board of Trustees accepted Dr. Campbell’s resignation?

The Board of Trustees understands and accepts Dr. Campbell’s assessment that this is the right time to return to retirement and will greatly miss her impactful and compassionate leadership. Thanks to Dr. Campbell’s extraordinary leadership and commitment to continuing and advancing Spelman’s contributions to the Black community, nation and world, she has paved a tremendous pathway for her successor.

What has Dr. Campbell accomplished during her time at Spelman?

While Dr. Campbell had countless achievements as president, some of the accomplishments Spelman experienced as a result of her leadership include:

  • Attracting some of the best talent in academia to its faculty and leadership team.
  • Adding five new endowed professorships to continue to retain and recruit outstanding faculty.
  • Exceeding the $250M goal of its capital campaign goal to raise $250 million in only four years and, in the process, adding $120M of new scholarship funding.
  • Experiencing impressive endowment growth, with the corpus now approaching $500 million.
  • Raising the funds for major capital upgrades and additions.
  • Adding an impressive new mix of cutting edge academic programs.
  • Cultivating major new academic and corporate partnerships.

Who will be the next president of Spelman?
In the coming months, the Board of Trustees will lead a formal and comprehensive search to determine the college’s 11th president. Dr. Campbell’s successor has not yet been identified and the Board will thoroughly evaluate each candidate to find the ideal person to lead Spelman in its next exciting chapter.


How will the next Spelman president be selected?
In the coming weeks, the Chair of the Board of Trustees Chair Rosalind Brewer will share the names of the search committee chairs and members, as well as the external firm that will support the search process.

From there, the Board will lead a formal and comprehensive search over the next several months, much like the one that brought Dr. Campbell to the college, to find the ideal person to lead Spelman in its next exciting chapter.


Will internal candidates be considered for the role?
Internal candidates are welcome to apply for the position and will go through the same thorough evaluation process as external candidates.


How do candidates apply?
In the coming months, a position description with information on how to apply will be available online and distributed widely.


When will the next Spelman president be announced?
Spelman’s intention is to announce the next president of the college by this coming spring, and welcome the new president to campus by the start of the 2022-2023 academic year.


How can I receive updates on the search process?

The search committee will share regular updates with the Spelman community as they are available. Updates will be shared through the Spelman website.


How can the Spelman community thank Dr. Campbell for her leadership and service?
Over the coming months, the Board of Trustees will share ways for the Spelman community to join together to express its heartfelt appreciation for all that Dr. Campbell has done in her time at the college.