Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum has served as president of Spelman College since 2002. Her tenure as president has been marked by a period of great innovation and growth. Spelman College, long recognized as the leading educator of women of African descent, is now ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation. An accomplished administrator, Dr. Tatum is also widely recognized as a race relations expert and leader in higher education. Her areas of research include racial identity development, and the role of race in the classroom. In 2005 Dr. Tatum was awarded the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education for her innovative leadership in the field. Her best-selling titles include Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007) and Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race (1997). She is also the author of Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community (1987).
An active member of the Atlanta community, Dr. Tatum currently serves on several national and local boards including the President’s Board of Advisors to the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Teach for America, the Woodruff Arts Center, and Georgia Power. This year she was honored by theYWCA of Greater Atlantaas their 2012 Woman of Achievement for her impact in business and philanthropy.