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Task Force on Planning the 2020-2021 Academic Year

President, Chairs and Co-Chairs


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

Chairs:
Sharon Davies, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs
Dawn Alston, chief financial officer and vice president for Business and Financial Affairs

Co-Chairs:
Dolores Bradley Brennan, professor and vice provost for faculty
Ingrid Hayes, vice president for Enrollment Management
Andrea Lewis, Ph.D., C’96, associate professor and chair, Department of Education
Kathleen Phillips Lewis, division chair for the Humanities and associate professor, Department of History
Angela Farris Watkins, associate professor, chair, Department of Psychology and faculty council president
John Wilson, chief information officer and vice president for Spelman Technology Services

 

Members and Working Groups

To ensure Spelman’s continued fiscal stability, the president asked the Task Force  to develop a plan that prepares the College for the budgetary impact of its recommendation. Working with partners from across campus, the Task Force organized its planning efforts into the following five primary areas.

 

Healthy and Safe Workplace and Residential Life

This working group focused on the elements necessary to provide a safe workplace and residential experience for all members of our community in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Co-leads:
Dr. Darryl Holloman, vice president for Student Affairs
Dana Lloyd, director of Health Services

This word was assisted by the following individuals:

  • Alison Cummings, director of Housing & Residential Life
  • Bernadette Cohen, director of Human Resources
  • Merina Dhakal, environmental health & safety compliance manager
  • Patricia Hill, housekeeping services supervisor, Facilities Management & Services
  • Desiree Mack, benefits services manager
  • Tinaz Pavri, Ph.D., professor of political science, chair of the Division of Social Sciences and Education, director of the Career Pathways Initiative
  • Moses Purdue, chief of police
  • Leah Wardlaw, C’2021, chief justice, Spelman Student Government Association
  • Leyte Winfield, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

 

Instructional and Research Continuity

This working group focused on how to ensure that Spelman delivers an excellent educational experience to all of its students whether in-person or online, and that students receive the excellent return on investment that Spelmanites expect.

Co-leads:
Dr. Dolores Bradley Brennan, professor and vice provost for faculty
Dr. Kathleen Phillips-Lewis, associate professor and chair of the Division of Humanities

This work was assisted by the following individuals:

  • John A. Brown, registrar
  • Blanche Bryant, enterprise engagement manager
  • Myra Greene, MFA, professor, director of the photography program and chair of the Department of Art & Visual Culture
  • Celenia P. Kiernan, associate registrar
  • Tiffany Oliver, Ph.D., associate professor of biology
  • Pushpa Parekh, Ph.D., director of the African Diaspora and the World Program and professor of English
  • Desiree Pedescleaux, Ph.D., dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • Michelle Robinson, Ph.D., professor of English and director of the Writing Center and the Comprehensive Writing Program
  • Angela Farris Watkins, Ph.D., C''86, associate professor and chair of the Department of Psychology and Faculty Council president
  • Leyte Winfield, Ph.D., associate professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and chair of the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

 

Student Life and Community Life

This working group considered how cherished ceremonies at Spelman might be impacted by the need for social distancing and other health precautions, including events such as Homecoming, Reunion, the Miss Spelman pageant, the Christmas Carol Concert, Founders Day, Commencement, etc. It also examined other aspects of co-curricular life and the needs of particular student cohorts such as our Social Justice Scholars, Bonner Scholars and Wisdom Scholars, and brainstormed ways to counter the isolating impact of studying remotely.

Co-leads:
Ingrid Hayes, vice president for Enrollment Management
Andrea Lewis, Ph.D., C'96, associate professor and chair of the Department of Education

This work was assisted by the following individuals:

  • Jessie Brooks, vice president for Institutional Advancement
  • Joyce Davis, director of marketing and communications
  • Fana Haile-Selassie, C’2021, president, Spelman Student Government Association
  • Linda Patton, C'88, associate director of Alumnae Engagement
  • Bonnie Taylor, dean of students and assistant vice president of Student Affairs
  • Leah Wardlaw, C’2021, chief justice, Spelman Student Government Association

 

Budget and Operations

This working group focused on determining essential budget needs to provide quality curricular and co-curricular programming while facing the financial challenges brought on by the pandemic.

Co-leads
Dawn Alston, chief financial officer and vice president for Business and Financial Affairs
Asella Braxton, director of Budgets and Contracts

This work was assisted by the following individuals:

  • Steve Bowser, director of Public Safety
  • Art Frazier, director of Facilities Management & Services
  • Darryl Holloman, Ph.D., vice president of Student Affairs
  • Jackie James, director of Administrative Support Services
  • Marissa Pace, associate vice president of Business & Financial Affairs
  • Tiffany Watson, Ph.D., associate provost for executive projects and initiatives
  • Julius White, director of Enterprise Support Services

 

Technological Support

This working group, focused on how to ensure that faculty, staff, and students have the technological equipment, training and support that they need to ensure all students enjoy an outstanding educational experience whether in person or online.

Co-leads:
Blanche Bryant, enterprise engagement eLearning manager
John Wilson, chief information officer and vice president for Spelman Technology Services

Their work was assisted by the following individuals:

  • John Brown, registrar
  • Myra Greene, MFA, vice chair of Art & Visual Culture, photography program director, professor
  • Ingrid Scurry Lassiter, assistant director of web communications
  • Kirk McAllister, manager of Enterprise Support Services
  • Marissa Pace, associate vice president of Business & Financial Affairs

 

Additional Contributors

Additional contributors to the task force include the following individuals:

  • Don Blackston, associate director of Facilities Management & Services
  • Myra Burnett, Ph.D., vice president for Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness
  • Thomas Chambliss, police lieutenant, Public Safety
  • Venetta Coleman, Ph.D., C’88, director of accreditation and compliance
  • Mya Havard, C’2017, former student trustee
  • Serena Hughley, C’2020 Top Ten Student
  • Elizabeth Gowans, C’2023, student trustee
  • Jennifer Johnson, director of the Student Success Center
  • April King, executive assistant to the provost
  • Nia Malone, C’2020, former student trustee
  • Chandra McCrary, C’89, associate vice president and director of enterprise applications, Spelman Technology Services