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Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.

President Mary Schmidt CampbellOn Aug. 1, 2015, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell began her tenure as the 10th president of Spelman College.  A leading liberal arts college for women of African descent located in Atlanta, Georgia, Spelman has long enjoyed a reputation as the nation’s leading producer of Black women scientists.

Prior to arriving in Atlanta, Dr. Campbell was a major force in the cultural life of New York City. Her career in New York, which included various challenging roles, began at the Studio Museum in Harlem where she served for 10 years. When she took the helm of the organization, the city was on the verge of bankruptcy and Harlem was in steep decline. However, under her leadership, the museum was transformed from a rented loft to the country’s first accredited Black Fine Arts Museum.

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President's Update

I am pleased to share that The Honorable Keisha Lance Bottoms, the current mayor of Atlanta, has been named keynote speaker for the Spelman College 132nd Commencement ceremony.


PODCAST: An American Odyssey – Mary Schmidt Campbell on Artist Romare Bearden

In her biography, "An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden," art historian and Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., chronicles the life and career of the influential African American artist Romare Bearden. Listen as she takes a deep dive into his life and carer on this podcast.

Members of the Spelman Community to Participate in MLK Day Celebrations

Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., and the College's Board Chair Rosalind Brewer, C'84, are among several Spelman community members participating in celebrations commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his birthday. Dr. Campbell has been invited to speak to the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs on the topic, “Education: The New Civil Rights Movement?”

New Center will Solidify Spelman’s Place at Intersection of Science, Arts

President Campbell speaks with reporter Maria Saporta and explains how Spelman's proposed Center for Innovation and the Arts has been central to bringing her to Atlanta. “I want to look back over my shoulder and say, ‘I came to this rich storied place, and I made a contribution that took it to the next level,’ ” she said. “Whatever we do has to capture the uniqueness of the black woman’s voice,” as stated in the article.

Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell Sheds New Light on Romare Bearden

 "In her new book, "An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden," Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, president of Spelman College, embarks on a comprehensive and contextual journey through Bearden’s life, art and legacy. In doing so, she sheds light not only on the breadth and importance of Bearden’s work, but on how the artist gave voice to a generation and a culture through his self-expression," as reported in an ArtsATL article by Laura Relyea.


Closer Look: New Ga. Reps; Spelman's President; And More

Beginning at approximately at the 9:09 time stamp, Dr. Campbell discusses the first year of her presidency and how liberal arts colleges address current concerns about funding.

Spelman College Receives $30 Million Gift From Trustee Ronda Stryker and Spouse, William Johnston, to Support New Center
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American Talent Initiative’s Impact Report Cites Spelman College's Efforts to Increase Graduation Rates
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An American Odyssey by Mary Schmidt Campbell

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