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.
more than 20 years, Dr. Tatum taught her signature course on the
psychology of racism. She has also toured extensively, leading workshops
on racial identity development and its impact in the classroom. Her
latest book, Can We Talk about Race? And Other Conversations in an Era
of School Resegregation, released in 2007, explores the social and
educational implications of the growing racial isolation in public
Dr. Tatum is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees
including from Agnes Scott College, Bates College, Bowdoin College,
Bridgewater State College, Mount Holyoke College, Salem State
University, Westfield State College, Washington and Lee University,
Westfield State College and Wheelock College. In 2005, she was awarded
the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education for the
innovative leadership she has provided in the field of education.
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.
Most of the preceding information can be found on Dr. Tatum's faculty profile
on the Spelman College website.