Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, President of Spelman College has announced she will be retiring at the end of this academic year.

Campbell came out of retirement in 2015 to become Spelman’s 10th president. During her time as president climbed the lists of multiple prominent college ranking publications.

“I have loved every minute of serving as the president of this phenomenal school,” said Campbell in the video Spelman released to announce the retirement.

During her tenure Campbell helped the college fundraise millions. Substantially growing the universities endowment and surpassing their capital campaign funding goal.

Chair of the Board of Trustees and Spelman alum Roz Brewer thanked Campbell for the achievements she made while at Spelman.

“As a result of Dr. Campbell’s extraordinary leadership and commitment, Spelman continues to contribute to the black community, the nation and the world,” Brewer said.

She went on to highlight Campell’s fundraising and academic accomplishments as president.  Including the addition of five endowed professorships and the launch of eSpelman an online certificate program.

Prior to Spelman, Campbell served as dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She was appointed vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009 by former President Barack Obama.

She currently sits on the board of multiple arts and philanthropic institutions including Atlanta’s High Museum of Art.

Campbell’s last day as President will be June 30, 2022.


(Photo Credit: Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell)