President, Spelman College
B.A., Wesleyan University
Master’s Degree, Hartford Seminary
Master’s Degree and Ph.D., University of Michigan
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Ex Officio
City of Residence: Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is the ninth President of Spelman College.
Prior to her appointment to the Spelman presidency in 2002, she spent 13 years at Mount Holyoke College, serving in various roles during her tenure there as Professor of Psychology, Department Chair, Dean of the College and Acting President. Prior to joining the Mount Holyoke faculty in 1989, Dr. Tatum was an Associate Professor and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Westfield State College in Westfield, Massachusetts, and a Lecturer in Black Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Dr. Tatum is a clinical psychologist whose areas of research interest include black families in white communities, racial identity in teens, and the role of race in the classroom.
Actively involved in the Atlanta community, Dr. Tatum is a member of several boards including the Executive Committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Woodruff Arts Center, the Community Foundation of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education, where she serves as Vice Chair. In addition, she co-chaired the Early Education Commission of the United Way.