Spelman President Tatum to Retire Next Year - Higher Education: After serving for more than a decade as president of the all-female historically Black college, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum has announced that she will retire from Spelman College next year.
“I have been president for 12 years. That’s a long time in the world of college presidents,” Tatum said in an interview with Diverse on Wednesday. “In the meantime, we have another year to keep Spelman moving forward and more work to be done.”
The end of an ambitious 10-year fundraising campaign that yielded $157.8 million for the school and the celebration of her 60th birthday in September were the two factors that Tatum said led her to decide that it was time for her to move on next year.
In recognition of her years of service, the Board of Trustees has agreed to honor her with the title of president emerita once she steps down.