Education

Spelman College Names New President

Spelman College has named NYU's Mary Schmidt Campbell as its next president.
Spelman College has named NYU's Mary Schmidt Campbell as its next president.
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Spelman College has named a former New York University dean as its next leader.

The Atlanta school on Saturday named Mary Schmidt Campbell its next president.

“We’re excited that we not only have a fantastic leader for Spelman, but we have someone in Dr. Campbell, who’s going to be poised to participate in the national conversations taking place right now around higher education,” says Celeste Watkins-Hayes, the vice chair of Spelman’s Board of Trustees.

Campbell will become the university’s 10th president.

She succeeds Dr. Beverly Tatum, who will have served for 13 years as president.

Campbell replaces Tatum, who retires this summer from the acclaimed historically black women’s college.