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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

  • 11/19/2018
    Last Tuesday, a faculty member reported that a flier with the words "Black Trans Lives Matter" was defaced in one of our academic buildings. Let me be clear: Black trans lives matter at Spelman College. more


Rosalind Brewer and Mary Schmidt Campbell Named to Atlanta Business Chronicle's Power 100

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President Campbell and President Thomas "Our students fueled the civil rights movement. This is what's next"

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President of Spelman College on Obama Portraits and African American Fine Art

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President Campbell Delivers Keynote, "The Role of the Arts in a Democratic Culture," at the National Association of Schools of Art and Design Annual Meeting

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Spelman President: There are many benefits to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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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 Receives $1.25 Million Grant from UNCF to Improve Career Outcomes of Graduates

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#UNCFCPI - UNCF CPI Interview with Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.

Closer Look: Spelman College's Future and More

President Campbell talks about her plans for the College on ''Closer Look.''

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