Spelman president talks COVID-19 response, eliminating financial barriers and upcoming retirement

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Prior to becoming Spelman’s 10th president in 2015, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell worked as executive director of the Studio Museum in Harlem and cultural affairs commissioner for New York City.


Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, the 10th president of Spelman College, says her number one priority and the priority of her successor is to eliminate financial barriers and make sure all students graduate.

“Every woman who is enrolled in Spelman college should be able to complete her degree and finances should never get in her way,” explained Schmidt Campbell on Monday’s edition of “Closer Look.”

During the conversation, President Schmidt Campbell talked with program host Rose Scott about the successes and challenges she’s faced during her nearly seven-year tenure at the all-women’s liberal arts institution ad the role of HBCUs in the fight for social justice.

She also discussed improving technology on the Spelman’s campus, overcoming a cyberattack and bomb threat, the college’s COVID-19 response, and her upcoming retirement.