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Johnnetta B. Cole, Ph.D., Selected Seventh President, Chair of NCNW

November 2018

Dr. Johnnetta ColeThe National Council of Negro Women selected Johnnetta B. Cole, Ph.D., chair and seventh president during their 58th Biennial National Convention in Washington, D.C.

From 1987 to 1997, Dr. Cole served as the seventh president of Spelman. In 2002, she was recruited to be president of Bennett College for five years. She also served as director of Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art from 2009 to 2017. 

The National Council of Negro Women is comprised of 200 community-based sections in 32 states and 38 national organizational affiliates with the common goal to lead, advocate for and empower women of African descent, their families and communities. 

“My heart is overflowing with gratitude for this honor to serve as the seventh president of this organization that has been a voice of and for Black women since it was founded in 1935 by the amazing and grace-filled Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and lead so brilliantly and soulfully for more than 50 years by the unconquerable Dr. Dorothy Height,” said Dr. Cole during her acceptance remarks.

Read more about former president, Johnnetta B. Cole, Ph. D., here