August 29, 2019

Dear Spelman Community,

As Spelman grows we are constantly evaluating our organizational structure in order to serve the College as efficiently and effectively as possible. Today, I write to announce two new positions and a reorganization of our Division of Business and Financial Affairs.

First, please join me in congratulating long time Spelman employee, Dawn Alston, who has been appointed chief financial officer and vice president for business and financial affairs, effective Sept. 1.

Ms. Alston’s career at the College has been exceptional. She joined Spelman 20 years ago as a lab technician in the biology department. During her 17-year tenure in the Division of Business and Financial Affairs, she has been instrumental in ensuring an annual balanced budget. In addition to overseeing contracts, managing the Spelman bookstore and Aramark Dining Services, she will add to her portfolio: Public Safety, Human Resources, Facilities and Maintenance Services and all additional auxiliary services.

As well as being an expert in incorporating cost-effective strategies to existing operations, Ms. Alston’s ability to articulate financial issues and implement emerging trends in the industry has enhanced Spelman’s operational excellence.

Ms. Alston succeeds Robert “Danny” Flanigan Jr., who will continue in his role as treasurer and assume the new title of chief investment officer. Mr. Flanigan has served Spelman for close to 50 years and is a legend in the world of finance. His knack for devising profitable strategies that lead to guaranteed enhancements and future revenue is unparalleled. His expertise and stewardship have steadily strengthened the College’s finances and ensures the health of our financial future.

We look forward to continuing to work with Ms. Alston and Mr. Flanigan in their new roles. Please join me in congratulating both.

Your President,

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.

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