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Founders Day 2021

Founders Day Honorees

2021 Honorees

  • Honorary Degree Recipient Judge Brenda Hill Cole, C'63

    Judge Brenda Cole c63
    In 1998, Judge Brenda Hill Cole was appointed as Judge of the State Court of Fulton County by Governor Zell Miller. After being reelected for four terms, she served until 2012 before she was appointed senior judge in 2013 by Governor Nathan Deal. She also served as a neutral at JAMS, an international mediation and arbitration firm until 2016.
  • Founders Spirit Awardee Dr. Gwendolyn Harris Middlebrooks, C’61

    Gwendolyn Harris Middlebrooks c61
    Dr. Middlebrooks began her teaching career in the Atlanta Public School System in 1961 and taught at the high school level for five years before returning to Spelman where she was employed for 42 years. As a tenured faculty member and administrator in the Education Department, Dr. Middlebrooks’ research, publications and presentations were focused on teacher leadership, leadership preparation and teacher education.
  • True Blue Awardee Nettie Ware

    Spelman Founders Spirit Award Recipient Nettie Ware
    Nettie Ware loves working at Spelman and says it feels like her second home. She is responsible for cleaning the Living Learning Center II first floor and its guest suites and ensures the facilities and rooms are clean and prepared for both students and visitors. She finds enjoyment in preparing a cozy and clean place for others, and also delights in assisting students, alumnae, staff and guests on campus with their needs.