July 5, 2022

Dear Spelman Community,

In case you missed it, please see the message below and join us in welcoming, Helene D. Gayle, M.D., MPH, as the 11th president of Spelman College.

Dr. Gayle most recently served as president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation's oldest and largest community foundations. She is a proven executive who is credited with numerous accomplishments at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and CARE. A pediatrician and public health expert, with a career dedicated to eradicating inequities in health and wealth, Dr. Gayle’s appointment is timely. Her life’s work in underserved communities, empowering women, and growing the capacity of well-known mission-driven institutions is inspiring.

Dr. Gayle succeeds Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., following her seven-year tenure as Spelman’s 10th president.

Please join the Spelman family in welcoming Dr. Gayle back to Atlanta as she prepares to collaborate with faculty, staff, students, alumnae and other crucial partners; explore our cultures and traditions; identify strategic priorities; address critical issues and forge new opportunities for the College.

Thank you.

Spelman College


Office of the President

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